Giving thanks always

Life, to quote that neglected philosopher Tonio K., is “a fiery ordeal.” Sometimes it’s easy. Most of the time, it’s not. But when life’s tough, it’s often tougher still to do the one thing we’re urged in Scripture over and again: To give thanks.We’re all well aware of the verses. Ephesians 5: "giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father. . . . " 1 Thessalonians 5: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances. . . ." And the money shot, Philippians 4: “R … [Read more...]

The Funky Western Civilization

It's always nice when a man gets a second lease on life. Ex-cons are happy about it. Middle-aged divorcees are too. I would expect it's the same for songwriters and musicians. That's where Tonio K. comes in.I first ran across Tonio K.'s music when I was sorting through a pile of LPs and CDs at a rummage sale around 1992. There, among all the scratched vinyl and broken jewel cases, I found a disc titled, "Notes from the lost Civilization," issued by What?/A&M Records in 1989. The album was … [Read more...]