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San Quentin (Habakkuk 1)

Cash plays the role of the prophet. He sings about the dehumanization, brutality, and ultimate ineffectiveness of San Quentin Prison. His hatred for the institution pervades the entire song. Cash knows that he is singing for those who have no voice for the injustices that they face.
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Greystone Chapel (Psalm 84)

The song uses the physical presence of Greystone Chapel as a metaphor for the vibrant spirituality that can be found within prison. It is a song about how a person’s mind who is aligned with Jesus can transcend his physical circumstances. In this way, the song echoes Paul’s observation that “where …
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Folsom Prison Blues (Matt. 25)

In the parable, Jesus is not the do-gooding sheep who goes out to the disenfranchised, rather Jesus IS the disenfranchised. In the live version of the song, Cash introduces us to Jesus in the voices of the prisoners that we hear.
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The Man in Black (Phil. 2)

“The Man in Black” not only identifies Cash with the outcast but it calls us to do so as well. Solidarity requires that we be found among the forgotten, because that is where we find Jesus. Solidarity implies that we be involved just as he was.
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Bound for the Promised Land (Deut. 12:10)

The bank of the Jordan, on this side of the Resurrection, is full of life’s storms – heartbreak, regret, failure, and death – but we can see the other side. We can see that fair and happy land where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life ever lasting. …
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The Gospel According to Johnny Cash – Introduction

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1506433766/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=ancientanglic-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1506433766&linkId=a2fac401ec02ac57c7e6a7bba80effc4 For our (virtual) Epiphany study this year, we will be reading through the book Trains, Jesus, and Murder – The Gospel According to Johnny Cash. The author, Richard Beck, is a psychology professor at Abilene Christian University. (His blog is Experimental Theology.) The book grew out of a bible study he leads …
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Leo the Great Christmas Sermons (Sermon 26, week 2)

For this week, please finish reading through St. Leo’s Christmas sermon 26. St. Leo’s overall theme of this sermon is having peace with God so that we may forever raise our voices with the angels who announced the Nativity to the shepherds: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth …
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Leo the Great Christmas Sermons (Sermon 26, week 1)

For the next two weeks, please read through St. Leo’s Christmas sermon 26. As before, please ruminate over the sermon and allow it to give you a deeper and richer understanding of what we celebrate at Christmas. Also pay attention to how St. Leo applies to the Nativity the same gospel themes that we see …
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Leo the Great Christmas Sermons (Sermon 21)

For this week, read through St. Leo’s Christmas Sermon 21. Read it slowly and allow it to give you a deeper and richer understanding of what we celebrate at Christmas. As you read through the sermon see how Leo applies to the Nativity the same gospel themes that we see throughout the New Testament, and …
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