Merle Haggard...

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When I was in San Diego working for Youth Specialties, back when they published the Wittenburg (sic) Door, the Doorkeepers were Mike Yaconelli, Denny Rydberg, and Wayne Rice and Wayne had a bluegrass band named Brush Arbor. They'd opened for Haggard, so I bought a Haggard album and I'm listening to him now...

Give Haggard a listen. Maybe start with "Farmer's Daughter"--it's a tender love song of a Dad for his daughter and wife. Then "Working Man Blues"--it's the favorite of young dads at Clearnote Church, Bloomington. "I'm a Good Loser" or "No Reason to Quit" are good theme songs for FB wienies who need Gospel repentance and faith. Or, if they're under church discipline, they'd do well to read Lloyd-Jones' Spiritual Depression . "Every Fool Has a Rainbow" could be some comfort to pastors after certain recurrent counseling sessions that leave them cross-eyed, pulling their hair out. Every man married to a shrew needs the comfort of "I Can't Be Myself. This old cross-country hitch-hiker loves this one. And all of us will love "Jesus, Take a Hold."

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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