Trains, Jesus and Murder - The Gospel According to Johnny Cash
HOST is a new conference in Jersey about Christianity and contemporary culture.
In the first of our public events for Host 2019, we will take a whistle-stop tour through the life and legacy of the Man in Black.
Johnny Cash sang about and for people on the margins. He famously played concerts in prisons, where he sang both murder ballads and gospel tunes in the same set. It's this juxtaposition between light and dark that makes Cash one of the most authentic theologians in memory.
"Saints and sinners, all jumbled up together." That's the genius of Johnny Cash, and that's what the gospel is ultimately all about.
In this event, Richard Beck and David Benjamin Blower will explore the theology of Johnny Cash together.
Beck will reflect on Cash's lyrics, and the passion with which he sang them, and Blower will play some of Cash’s most famous and profound songs.
Come and join us as we gain a deeper understanding of the enduring faith of the Man in Black and how it can inform the Christian imagine in our time.
Richard Beck (PhD) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. Outside of the classroom, Richard travels the world as a sought after speaker and an award-winning blogger and author.
Richard's most recent book is Stranger God: Meeting Jesus in Disguise (Fortress Press, 2017) and his next book Trains, Jesus and Murder: The Gospel According to Johnny Cash is set for a Fortress Press release in November 2019.
David Benjamin Blower is a writer, musician and community theologian from Birmingham. He is co-presenter of the Nomad Podcast, and has recently collaborated with N. T. Wright and Alastair McIntosh on a musical retelling of The Book of Jonah. His latest work is ‘We Really Existed and We Really Did This’ - a poetic folk odyssey telling the stories of our unstable present… a meditation on this fragile time between a waning past and a potentially catastrophic future.