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Dispatches
From the Buckle – 071

December 15, 2014

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This week’s podcast features host Lee C. Camp’s reflections upon the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Nashville, December 15-16, 1864, fought in Lee’s neighborhood, and then concludes with some segments from the Tokens Show entitled “Singing Down the Pain,” recorded in the Downtown Presbyterian Church which was used as a hospital following the battle. For more pictures on the trip, visit the Facebook album here, and to get the CD from the show, visit here.

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Greetings my friends: a blessed Advent to you.

We have taken too long a hiatus from our podcasting; and I shall not promise that we shall be back on a good regular schedule. But I had a few things I wanted to say on this beautiful Monday morning in Nashville, December 15, 2014: early this morning, early dawn, I could make out the heavy mist that lay upon us here in Nashville, and I had time to make a fire in the fireplace to warm up the house when it was still quiet before the boys were up getting ready for school, and I looked out upon the sun beginning to peek through the gray in the south east, the barren trees bearing witness to 150 years ago: most of the trees in our yard our hackberrys, which local lore has it at least, are not native to middle Tennessee. Hackberry seeds were brought here, so some say, in the feed wagons of the Union Army during the Civil War: and it is appropriate that here in our neighborhood there are many hackberrys, for it was precisely 150 years ago today that the Battle of Nashville was waged, 5000 or more killed.

Soon this morning the sun soon burned off the mist, and now it’s a beautiful, clear, cold December day. It seems so odd that thousands of people were killed here around my house, in my neighborhood, and so little to be said about it.

So I wanted to say something about it: to remember that there were many men of virtue and courage who nonetheless killed and murdered that day, and were killed and murdered that day. They gave themselves to something they believed in; and they were willing to die, and to kill, for what they believed in. They obviously had immense courage. And in a day in which we are so deeply fashioned by fear, it is worth honoring men of courage.

But to say such does not mean that we do not also have something to say about war-making; about those who lead well meaning people into war; or about the fetish Americans continue to have with war-making, with violence and slaughter. The American Civil war has been heralded by historians of war-making as an epic event in modern warfare: it gave us the rise of so-called “total war,” in which civilian populations become targets for war, in which industrialized mechanization becomes the means for mass slaughter: some 600,000 would be slaughtered in that war.

To honor the courage of men killed around me does not mean we do not also have something to say about the way in which the Gospel was pre-empted by sectarian allegiances. We have, it seems to me, completely missed the point of so-called “separation of church and state” when we then proceed falsely to assert that “the Gospel is not political.” Well meaning people mean by that, of course, that they do not want Christianity co-opted into any partisan political agenda, like Republican, Democrat, Tea-Party or Socialist; and on that score, I am in full agreement.

But that is an altogether different claim than to say “the Gospel is not political.” The Gospel IS undoubtedly political: it is a claim about the Kingdom of God. It is not that the Gospel is not political; it is that we, that I, remain so stubbornly opposed to the political claims that the Gospel makes. Namely, we do not want to love our enemies; we do not want to forgive seventy times seven; we do not want to pray for the good of those who spitefully use us. Instead, we want to see them vanquished, defeated, even humiliated. We want to win, because we think (we always think) we are the good guys, and that God is on our side, and that we ought therefore to win.

But the Gospel proclaims that victory comes not through vanquishing or killing one’s enemies; instead, the Gospel claims that victory comes through suffering love; that baptism trumps any and all other pledges of allegiance; that even if our enemies kill us, that the resurrection of Jesus is the down payment ensuring that we too shall be resurrected unto life.

I re-iterate: it is a falsehood that such claims are “not political.” It is that we, that I, do not like that sort of political ethic, because it scares us to no end. That is one reason I can say today, on this cold December 15 morning, 150 years after those days in which numerous men were slaughtered here in our neighborhood, that I honor the courage of soldiers: for it is never easy to place oneself in the space of suffering, in the space that one may be killed. I pray to have the courage that soldiers have. And I pray to have the courage that does not take up arms, and I pray to have the courage that can enable me to be willing to love those whom I hate.

We gathered a few years ago for a Tokens Show in the Downtown Presbyterian Church, used as a hospital 150 years ago today and tomorrow, following the Battle of Nashville. We share here some segments from that show.

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Lee C. Camp, Professor of Theology & Ethics at Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee, is the host of WWW.TOKENSSHOW.COM and the Dispatches from the Buckle Podcast, and the author of WHO IS MY ENEMY?

Dispatches
from the Buckle – 070

August 22, 2014

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This week’s podcast features host Lee C. Camp’s reflections and audio snippets from a recent sojourn with students in Santiago, Chile. For more pictures on the trip, visit Lee’s Flickr album, and for more reflections on the trip, see Lee’s blog post here.

Be sure to let all your friends know about our socio-cultural experiment here. Remember, you can subscribe to Dispatches from the Buckle on ITUNES. And be sure to follow DISPATCHES ON TWITTER for all the latest.

Lee C. Camp, Professor of Theology & Ethics at Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee, is the host of WWW.TOKENSSHOW.COM and the Dispatches from the Buckle Podcast, and the author of WHO IS MY ENEMY?

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Dispatches
from the Buckle – 069

July 18, 2014

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This week, we’re pleased to share a little homiletic indulgence, as Lee calls it. Which is to say, we share a sermon by our own most outstanding host, titled “Salsa and Queso, Salt and Light.” It was delivered on 13 March 2011 and looks at the “salt and light” passage from the Sermon on the Mount.

Next week, if all goes according to plan, we’ll begin sharing some sundries from Lee’s recent semester abroad in Santiago, Chile.

Peace unto thee all, especially those who made the trek out to Dayton, TN.

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Lee C. Camp, Professor of Theology & Ethics at Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee, is the host of WWW.TOKENSSHOW.COM and the Dispatches from the Buckle Podcast, and the author of WHO IS MY ENEMY?

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Dispatches
from the Buckle – 068

July 11, 2014

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This week, we share the closing segments from our The Prophetic Ethic show. We are pleased to include three Over the Rhine numbers: Called Home, Gonna Let My Soul Catch My Body, and Trumpet Child. We also include a vignette by our Tokens Radio Players and Lee’s closing monologue. We hope you enjoy.

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Lee C. Camp, Professor of Theology & Ethics at Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee, is the host of WWW.TOKENSSHOW.COM and the Dispatches from the Buckle Podcast, and the author of WHO IS MY ENEMY?

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Dispatches
from the Buckle – 067

July 4, 2014

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Hello, my friends. Welcome to another episode of Dispatches. This week, we feature some class and grass—complete with Lee’s thoughts on false dichotomies—along with Black Mountain Rag, and a waltz by Russ Barenberg called Return to the Brandywine. We hope you enjoy.

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Lee C. Camp, Professor of Theology & Ethics at Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee, is the host of WWW.TOKENSSHOW.COM and the Dispatches from the Buckle Podcast, and the author of WHO IS MY ENEMY?

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Dispatches
from the Buckle – 066

June 27, 2014

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This week, we’re pleased to share more segments from the first act of our recent “A Prophetic Ethic” show. We’re grateful to be able to share two more songs by Over the Rhine – “All My Favorite People Are Broken” and “If a Song Could Be President.” We also share a most delightful piece from our Tokens Radio Players, and a few words of thanks to our sponsors. We hope you enjoy.

Oh, and, as our “closing hymn” exhorts, “buy our CDs” – here.

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Be sure to let all your friends know about our socio-cultural experiment here. Remember, you can subscribe to Dispatches from the Buckle on ITUNES. And be sure to follow DISPATCHES ON TWITTER for all the latest.

Lee C. Camp, Professor of Theology & Ethics at Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee, is the host of WWW.TOKENSSHOW.COM and the Dispatches from the Buckle Podcast, and the author of WHO IS MY ENEMY?

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Dispatches
from the Buckle – 065

June 20, 2014

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This week we share the opening portion of our most recent show, beginning with Lee’s opening monologue, followed by our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys performing our Tokens Theme. We finish off with Over the Rhine’s fine song, “Spark,” an interview with Prof. Walter Brueggemann, and a fine instrumental version of “House of the Rising Sun.” We hope you enjoy.

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Lee C. Camp, Professor of Theology & Ethics at Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee, is the host of WWW.TOKENSSHOW.COM and the Dispatches from the Buckle Podcast, and the author of WHO IS MY ENEMY?

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Dispatches
from the Buckle – 064

June 13, 2014

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Walter Brueggemann on doxology as political subversion, leading into a marvelous moment with an accapella singing of one “Doxology,” and yet more conversation on the poetic as telling prophetic truth in a way that is elusive of the royal consciousness, leading into Over the Rhine’s “All Over Ohio,” which punches one in the gut with a sneaky verse from Linford…  And then conversation between Walter the theologian and Linford and Karin the singer-songwriters, in such fashion, as Linford put it, of getting under the hood of the song and pouring a bit of gasoline on the carburetor.  A podcast episode not to be missed.

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Lee C. Camp, Professor of Theology & Ethics at Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee, is the host of WWW.TOKENSSHOW.COM and the Dispatches from the Buckle Podcast, and the author of WHO IS MY ENEMY?

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Dispatches
from the Buckle – 063

December 19, 2013

Our Social Media Editor has the week off, but we’re pleased to rerun this fine podcast from our first season of Dispatches. 

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From “The Christmas Revolution,” we feature an interview with Professor Andrew Bacevich, in which he discusses his book, The Limits of Power. Included also is a Christmas Class & Grass segment with the Annie Moses Band.

We’re grateful as always for our 2013 sponsor, Blue Coast Burrito.

Tune in to WSM (650AM or at wsmonline.com) on Christmas night to celebrate the Christmas Revolution with a whole hour show. Watch our social media outlets for details.

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Lee C. Camp, Professor of Theology & Ethics at Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee, is the host of WWW.TOKENSSHOW.COM and the Dispatches from the Buckle Podcast, and the author of WHO IS MY ENEMY?

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Dispatches
from the Buckle – 062

December 6, 2013

Most delighted to have you listening in again this week.

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We share more highlights from past shows, including Suzy Bogguss’ rendition of “Red River Valley,” the Tokens Radio Players performing their interpretation of Steve Jobs Visits God, a little Brother Preacher, Todd Suttles very fine version of “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More,” and Buddy Greene leading us in “Shall We Gather at the River?”

We hope you enjoy.

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A reminder that tickets are on sale for our upcoming Ryman show the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving; visit tokensshow.com/tickets for more information. And Tokens on WSM-650AM continues this Sunday at six o’clock pm central, featuring more of our favorite Tokens Show segments.

Be sure to let all your friends know about our socio-cultural experiment here. Remember, you can subscribe to Dispatches from the Buckle on ITUNES. And be sure to follow DISPATCHES ON TWITTER for all the latest.

Lee C. Camp, Professor of Theology & Ethics at Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee, is the host of WWW.TOKENSSHOW.COM and the Dispatches from the Buckle Podcast, and the author of WHO IS MY ENEMY?

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