I went to Greenbelt (a Christian Arts festival) for a day a couple of weeks ago to see a musical hero of mine, Bruce Cockburn. You see we Brits are starved of Cockburn—he was last here in 1987—so I could not miss the chance to see him.
Wonderful! Although Cockburn no longer thinks of himself as a Christian (which I do find sad) he is clearly a spiritual man and this comes over in his songs. Despite the fact that there was rain to rival Noah’s flood outside the big top we were in (with the consequence that we were standing in mud), it was simply an uplifting occasion. He may be 67 but he can still perform! Loved it.
For a superb book of Christian theological reflections on Cockburn’s lyrics check out Kicking at the Darkness by Brian Walsh. Highly recommended.