We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lauren Smelser White will guest co-host our upcoming episode “Dylan. Jesus. America.”
I happen to like Alabamians with Ph.D.’s in theology. (There is not a great host of us. But it’s a classic example of breaking down false dichotomies. I mean, Yankees don’t know what to do with smart people with southern accents who care about social justice and intellectual rigor. It creates a sort of existentialist crisis for many of them.) Lauren is a recently minted Ph.D. in theology from Vanderbilt University, and more importantly, she is an Alabama native, with roots and relations in the northern reaches of the state, where the swampers would do their magic in the Muscle Shoals music scene, and indeed, where Bob Dylan recorded his 1979 album Slow Train Coming.
Lauren also happens to be a new colleague of mine in the academic scene, and a delightful one at that. She has also blogged on occasion on the Tokens Show blog (with a stellar post on Mother’s Day, a few weeks ago), been a good friend for a good while, and we welcome her in joining us for our 2018 season opener on June 7.
Don’t miss the show June 7. Joining Lauren will be U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, celebrated novelist Tobias Wolff, folk-rock band The New Respects, Matthew Perryman Jones, and our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys. Get tickets now by clicking here.
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Here’s the thing, Cash the man and Cash the artist were now one in a way the image of the outlaw/saint never allowed him to be… Under this gospel, it was possible to be both outlaw and saint, but in reality it was a hard act to pull off, both musically and personally. This is my proposal…
So, now we have folk Dylan, electric Dylan, Christian Dylan, fat tires on smooth pavement Dylan, Christmas album Dylan, and even torch singer Dylan. Who is Bob Dylan? Here’s my bold claim…
Springsteen has a way of making me ache when I listen to him. He touches places I’ve been and feelings I’ve had. Some of it in sepia tones, home, glory days, regret and longing for home. But some of it is…
To be, or not to be, that
may be á question, but
cannot be thé question, whence
Was Mother Teresa’s remarkable care for the physically destitute rooted in “mercenary” missionary intent? Should we be handing out Nobel Peace Prizes to folks who combat poverty and distress ultimately for the sake of making religious converts—who, in fact, teach those converts to embrace their suffering for the glory of God?
I went home, sat on his bed in his now empty bedroom, and wept… It’s a miracle that the boy is still alive, really.
But the marker did not tell the story: Englishmen full of Christian confidence, confident in their own righteousness, confident of the wickedness of their enemy, and confident in the God-blessed efficacy of their weapons. Indeed it yielded a grisly massacre, little known in that…
A beautiful bit of verse today from Mr. Bob Goodrich, himself no stranger to law, as he serves as an attorney-at-law here in Music City, and no stranger to love, as he serves those at whom the stones of judgment, and execution, are thrown.
Both the work of joy and the anti-joy work of addiction are seeking ecstasy. Ecstasy is never the problem. We need ecstasy. In seeking ecstasy, both the work of joy and the anti-work of joy take seriously the work of being a creature in need of communion. But joy requires…
From our episode entitled "Dylan. Jesus. America." Recorded live in Nashville, Tennessee, June 7, 2018. Matthew Perryman Jones performs "O Theo."
Mother Teresa's self-portrait as a “saint of darkness” functions on several fronts: in her mission to the world’s places of darkest suffering; in her own spiritual darkness, which she bore for many years; and in the ways that she came to see her mission and her own “darkness” as intertwined...
From our episode entitled "Dylan. Jesus. America." Recorded live in Nashville, Tennessee, June 7, 2018. Host Lee C. Camp interviews U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, with readings from her new volume of poetry "Wade in the Water."