Distressed, Deceived, and Discontented

So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men. 1 Samuel 22:1-2, New Living Translation Lately, I’ve beenContinue reading “Distressed, Deceived, and Discontented”

For Such a Time as This: “God Who Hears”

Years ago, my eldest sons and I began recording a series of songs that was meant to follow up our Full Fathom Five EP. My good friend, Jeff, who has run sound for many of our concerts, invited us to his basement to lay down the tracks in a more professional manner and away fromContinue reading “For Such a Time as This: “God Who Hears””

Fighting Feelings of Insignificance

“…look you, this brave o’erhanging / firmament, this majestical roof, fretted / with golden fire…” Hamlet, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 323-325 Between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. each evening falls the mortal drowsy hour, at least for me. Upon finishing our bedtime routine with the six and eight-year-old, either my wife orContinue reading “Fighting Feelings of Insignificance”

The Danger of Living Life Asquint

“That eye that told you so looked but asquint.” Goneril, from Shakespeare’s King Lear, Act 5, Scene 3 Studying Shakespeare provides a deep well of rich words on which to refresh one’s dehydrated vocabulary. There’s a reason we owe so much of our language to the Bard, and why the best insults come from theContinue reading “The Danger of Living Life Asquint”

Declaration from the Edge of Independence’s Extinction

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was onceContinue reading “Declaration from the Edge of Independence’s Extinction”

For Such a Time as This: “Casting Off”

None of us willingly chooses to live life without safety and happiness. Those ideas permeate our very Declaration of Independence. Only fools, anarchists, or sadomasochists would welcome perpetual danger, fear, and sorrow. And yet, setting up safety and happiness as the sole pillars for living are weak constructs at best. I’ve commented on this veryContinue reading “For Such a Time as This: “Casting Off””