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    40 Years in the Wilderness: God's Search for Bruce Cockburn (in 27 Songs) - Part 3

    40 Years in the Wilderness: God’s Search for Bruce Cockburn (in 27 Songs) – Part 3

    This is the third and final installment in a series on the music and spirituality of Bruce Cockburn. You can read Part One here, and Part Two here.

    Act III: Uncertainty and Spiritual Drift (1987-1999)

    In my mind, the first two “Acts” in this narrative arc of Cockburn’s career represent two different forms of certainty or assurance—the first, an assurance of religion, and the second of politics. Such assurance comes not merely from a certainty of beliefs, but from a certainty of purpose, a certainty in the core meaning that drives a person, which is as much felt as thought. And that certainty…

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    40 Years in the Wilderness: God’s Search for Bruce Cockburn (in 27 Songs) - Part 2

    40 Years in the Wilderness: God’s Search for Bruce Cockburn (in 27 Songs) – Part 2

    This is the second in a 3-part series on Bruce Cockburn. To read the first part, go here. 

    Act II: The Struggle Against the Darkness of the World (1980-1986)

    Three dramatic changes occurred in Cockburn’s life around 1980: (1) his 10-year marriage to Kitty—which had included the birth of their daughter Jenny in 1976—ended in divorce, (2) his music caught fire in the U.S. and brought him fame he’d never had and was ill-prepared for, and (3) he moved from his 1970s home in rural Burritt’s Rapids, Ontario, to downtown Toronto, Canada’s largest city. Perhaps as an effect of these changes, it was…

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    Snatching Defeat from the Esophagus of Victory

    Snatching Defeat from the Esophagus of Victory

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    Y’all, I’m going to be real with you: last Thursday night, I experienced something that made me feel more intensely depressed than I have felt in a really, really long time. What happened, you ask? Did someone I love pass away? Did I lose my job or break up with my girlfriend? Did I watch a documentary about the Syrian Civil War? Nope, nope, nope.

    I watched a basketball game. I watched what has been my favorite team in all of sports since I was an infant—the currently unranked Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team—lose to the #1 ranked Virginia…

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    40 Years in the Wilderness: God’s Search for Bruce Cockburn (in 27 Songs) - Part 1

    40 Years in the Wilderness: God’s Search for Bruce Cockburn (in 27 Songs) – Part 1

    This is the first of a 3-part series on Bruce Cockburn.

    The unproved assumption of [the] very common mountain analogy is that the roads go up, not down; that man makes the roads, not God; that religion is man’s search for God, not God’s search for man.

    – Peter Kreeft, Fundamentals of the Faith

    Our journey is driven by longing…perhaps the overarching human emotion.

    – Bruce Cockburn, Rumours of Glory

    I wonder: how many of you have ever listened to much Bruce Cockburn, eh? Any Canadian readers will at least be familiar with his name. For the rest of you, Cockburn…

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