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    Ministers from the North Country

    Ministers from the North Country

    This past week I enjoyed an annual golf outing with some old friends from college. For the past thirteen years we have gathered somewhere in the U.S. We laugh, eat, drink, and yes, play some golf. Riding with my buddy Henry on the way to the course, he turned on his stereo and simply said, “Listen.” A track from Sons of Anarchy blew through the car, a cover of the Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash song “Girl from the North Country.” Maybe you’ve heard it, but The Lions had my attention.

    Whatever you think of the original, or the cover, I have shared…

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    Freedom in the Hard Outback of the Law: Cold Chisel’s “Bow River”

    Freedom in the Hard Outback of the Law: Cold Chisel’s “Bow River”

    Back in the early 90s I was introduced to an Australian rock ’n’ roll band called Cold Chisel. I’d never heard of them, but immediately became a convert and fan. They were Australia’s working class band; not the panache or hip-ness of INXS. Their music, instead, was driven, sometimes recklessly. Filled with angst, nostalgia, and a yearning for release, Cold Chisel spoke my language.

    Describing their song “Bow River,” one fellow Aussie put it this way, “Bow River is located up near the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, where I am from. It is a very hot and humid part of…

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    Imaginary Meaning: How the Law Drives Us to Virtual Significance

    Imaginary Meaning: How the Law Drives Us to Virtual Significance

    I recently finished reading a super book titled, Life in the Trinity: An Introduction to Theology With the Help of the Church Fathers by Donald Fairbairn. As the title indicates, the main concern of the book is an examination of the doctrine of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and their significance for Christians and creation at large.

    While I enjoyed the entire thing, one section called, “Significance in a Different Guise” caught my attention. Fairbairn posits something we at Mockingbird know to be true, one of the most basic human needs is a sense of significance. This need produces…

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