by Jeannie Crawford-Lee
The Tokens Show, an invention of Lee Camp, ethics and theology professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, is an amazing hybrid. I attended for the first time this summer—and it won’t be my last. Thanks to Upper Room Books staffer Craig Katzenmiller for introducing me to this unique experience. Sign me up for the next show at the fabled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on November 18.
“Theology, Music, Books, Stories” is the tagline for Tokens, and sure enough, all those elements come together on stage in a Prairie-Home-Companion–style presentation that both entertains the senses and stimulates the intellect. The theme for the June show, “Tales of Reconciliation,” tied in with the Christian Scholars Conference taking place on the Lipscomb campus that week.
You really have to “be there” to believe that a conversation with Yale theologian Miroslov Volf totally works on the same program with a hilarious skit by “Brother Preacher” Greg Lee, rocking gospel music by Mike Farris, and soulful singing from Odessa Settles.
Check out this terrific write-up of the June show by Michael Brown, who blogs at Ocular Fusion http://www.ocularfusion.net/?p=8646
If you are in Nashville—or need an excuse to come to Music City this fall—plan to attend the November Tokens Show!