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18: Tales of Reconciliation

June 7, 2012

To speak of reconciliation assumes some prior hostility, or at least some current state of alienation: to be reconciled entails a coming together of estranged parties. And where there is hostility or estrangement, there has been some sort of back-story, of real or perceived wrongs, whether one or many. Most of us, of course, do not let wrongs suffered go lightly. This adds yet more chapters to the drama; and with each chapter of unfolding hostility comes yet more hindrance to resolution.

And yet we do not want or need to take wrongs done too lightly, else we would disparage truth and justice. Reconciliation requires speaking truth, as best the witness is capable. Reconciliation requires light, and light drives out darkness, reveals those dark things hidden in secrecy, which must be shown for what they are, before any real reconciliation worthy of the name can occur.

If human history teaches us anything, surely it teaches us that an intractable hostility affords neither social nor personal goods. Bitterness and resentment—even when justified—poison the well of both self and community. Resentment, say some, is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die; it’s no way to live well.

Thus the possibility of reconciliation—the “will to embrace,” as our guest Miroslav Volf puts it—comes as good news to both the purveyor of injustice and the victim of it. For the former, it provides a possibility to change, so that one may live no longer cutting against the grain of the universe, and for the latter, it provides another kind of possibility, to live free of the long chains of wrongs once done, and tolerated no more.

We look for tokens of such tonight, and we welcome you.

1: In the Sweet By and By

Lee C. Camp and Amy Stroup

2: Instrumental

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

3: Tokens Theme

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

4: Opening Monologue

Lee C. Camp

5: Redeeming Love

Amy Stroup

6: Mass Hysteria

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

8: Were You There

Mike Farris and the Roseland Rythm Revue

9: Interview: Saeed Khan

Saeed Khan with Lee C. Camp

10: Betty Swanson

Tokens Radio Players

11: Brother Preacher

Greg Lee

12: Victory in Jesus

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

13: Sponsorship Announcement

Lee C. Camp

14: Instrumental

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

15: Tokens Theme Reprise

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

16: Michael Placid

Tokens Radio Players

17: Rain

Lee C. Camp

18: I Wish I Knew

Odessa Settles

19: Interview: Fred Gray (Part 1)

Fred Gray with Lee C. Camp

20: Eyes on the Prize

Odessa Settles

21: Interview: Fred Gray (Part 2)

Fred Gray with Lee C. Camp

22: Precious Lord

Mike Farris and the Roseland Rythm Revue

23: Sit Down Servant

Mike Farris and the Roseland Rythm Revue

24: Closing Monologue

Lee C. Camp

25: Hold onto Hope, Love

Amy Stroup

26: Happy Day

Company