Man of God

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He’s the kind of man who likes signing his name
It’s something he can control
He says he’s learned most everything
But shame he does not know

He’s the kind of man who’s impressed with the man
He lately has become
With his Ohio chin and eyes that burn
Like dim, reluctant suns

He’s a man of God
Aw, don’t you know:
He’ll take your tithe
To spare your soul
When he speaks
A thousand eyes will roll

Which he’s learned to perceive
As a sign of the Spirit working

He preaches this week on the tailback speed
He owned once in his youth
You might question veracity but this sporting audacity
He claims as God’s own truth

He works about seventeen days a year
By popular demand
You can see the strain of his writing career
On his pale and fatted hands

He’s a man of God
Aw, don’t you know:
He cares so deeply
For your soul
It’s the Lord, not he
Who needs bankroll

But when you give to the Lord
Hell, you just might tile a kitchen

He’s a man of God
Of lamb and dove
To all he offers up God’s love
He teaches well
God’s darker sons

‘Cause he read in the Book
Jesus Christ was a rich, white American

He read in the Book
Jesus Christ was a rich, white American

He read in the Book
Everything that he knows
And the things that he knows
Cannot ever be shown

All knowledge in life
Pales to his knowledge of God
And he knows of the Lord
Mostly from talking out loud

He’s got fourteen degrees
From uncertain locations
He has gifting to teach
From his knowledge of vagueness

What you don’t take on faith
He will give for a fee
From the goodness of the heart
On his tailored sleeve

He’s a counselor, teacher
Advisor, and friend
He’s an expert on something
He’s a family man

If you confess not your sin
He is faithful and just
To assume its design
In the sermon on trust

Every Sunday he shares
All the wisdom he has
So that ten minutes in
He can start over again

It takes a leap of faith
It takes a mountain of bills
To preserve and defend
From the tempter’s ills

It takes a man of conviction
It takes a man of the cloth
To believe in the words
That fall out of his mouth

It takes a man of conviction
With a heart for the lost
To believe in the words
Of a man of God


released October 25, 2016


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Science Book Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Cars and Elvis Costello had a baby. Sam Cooke was godfather. It got into computers and bought a cheap synthesizer. It drinks with Warren Zevon, and sobers up with Marshall Crenshaw. It likes to dance sometimes. Becka sings. Brett makes the sounds and writes the songs. They're both classically trained — Becka's a soprano; Brett's a composer. Science Book is their laboratory. ... more

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