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13: Psalms, Songs, & the Fabric of Life

February 28, 2011

One of the pernicious ironies of the modern world is that one of its most widely heralded inventions is one of its most dangerous: namely, the invention of “religion.” I do not mean by this, of course, that modernity invented the notion of God or any other theological construct. Instead, I mean that modernity, as numerous commentators are helping us see these days, propagated something called “religion” which is supposed to be a private, individualized affair, a compartmentalized thing removed from real life in the real world.

But if the Book of Psalms teaches us anything, one lesson would have to be that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will not be compartmentalized: this is the Creator God, who has wrought all things, beautiful and mysterious and awe-inspiring; the Redeemer God, who acts with great power in the midst of history to do justice and mercy; the Sustaining God, who like a shepherd leads us both by still waters and through the valley of the shadow of death.

Moreover, Psalms teaches us that faith in this God is neither for the faint of heart nor the overly pious. Faith in this God will seek every possible word and color and image to express the magnificence of all God has wrought; will refuse to hold back words of lament or complaint when God seems distant, or too slow to deal with the injustice at hand; and will curse wickedness with curses that would make the reverent Sunday school teacher blush.

So the Psalms depict a God that is involved not just in a small compartment of life some call “religion,” but a God who weaves and is woven into the very fabric of life. We’ll be looking for tokens such as these tonight, and we welcome you.

1: When You're Smiling

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

2: Opening Monologue

Lee C. Camp with the Nashville Choir and Odessa Settles

3: Tokens Radio Theme

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

4: I Belong To The Band

Buddy Greene with the Tokens Radio Players

5: The Panel

Tokens Radio Players with Darrell Waltrip

6: Wheel Hoss

Ricky Skaggs with Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

7: Can't Shake Jesus

Ricky Skaggs with Gordon Kennedy

8: Interview: Refractions

Makoto Fujimura with Lee C. Camp

9: Vive La Bonne

L'Angelus

10: Bright Side of the Road

L'Angelus

11: Bible Blab with Nancy Face

Jenny Littleton and the Tokens Radio Players

12: Brother Preacher

Greg Lee with Buddy Greene, Lee C. Camp, and the Nashville Choir

13: Class & Grass

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys with Kenneth Coca, Joel Campbell, Danika Lukasiewicz, and Garrett Overcash

14: Wheel Hoss (Reprise)

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

15: Tokens Radio Theme (Reprise)

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

16: Betty Swanson...Church Secretary!

Tokens Radio Players

17: A Message from our Sponsor

C3 Conference

18: Tokens on the Road: June 16 in Malibu, CA

Tokens Radio Players

19: Haste to the Wedding / Soldier's Joy

Ricky Skaggs with Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

20: Aunt Sandy 2000

Jenny Littleton with the Tokens Radio Players

21: The Tee'd Off Party: The Psalm Song

Gregg Lee and the Tokens Radio Players

22: Bird of Paradise

Buddy Greene, Lee C. Camp, and Greg Lee

23: Surely Goodness and Mercy

Buddy Greene

24: Interview: Anchors for the Soul

John Mark Hicks with Lee C. Camp

25: Rivers of Babylon

Lee C. Camp with the Nashville Choir and Odessa Settles

26: A Work of Love

Ricky Skaggs with Gordon Kennedy

27: Closing Monologue

Lee C. Camp

28: Why Worry

L'Angelus

29: When The Saints Go Marching In

L'Angelus & Company