harbor Resources: Injustice Mix-tape and More

Injustice Mix-tape:

(This is just a sampling of music that I (Joe Neal) enjoyed and challenged me while working on the lecture "Reba McEntire, Rage Against the Machine, and Rabbi Jesus: Songs of Freedom and Justice." Please feel free to check out these songs at your own risk and reward. Many of these songs have disturbing themes and/ or offensive language. The Old Testament writers and poets also had offensive words and images that God used to shock His people into repentance.)


“Hurricane” by Bob Dylan (Album: Desire) 1976


“Sleep Now in the Fire” by Rage Against the Machine (Album: The Battle of Los Angeles) 1999


“Land of the Free” by The Killers (Album: Land of the Free) 2019


“The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” by Reba McEntire (Album: For My Broken Heart) 1991


“Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2 (Album: War) 1983


“B.Y.O.B.” by System of a Down (Album: Mesmerize) 2005


“How Much A Dollar Cost?” by Kendrick Lamar (Album: To Pimp a Butterfly) 2015


“This is America” by Childish Gambino (Album: This is America) 2018


“London Calling” by The Clash (Album: London Calling) 1979


“Changes” by Tupac (Album: Greatest Hits) 1998


“Testify” by Rage Against the Machine (Album: The Battle of Los Angeles) 1999


“One TIn Soldier” by The Original Caste (Album: One Tin Soldier) 1969


“Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday 1939


“Call to Arms” by Sturgill Simpson (Album: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth) 2016


“All That I Require” by Radney Foster (Album: For You To See The Stars) 2017






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Reading List

(These books were inspirational and informational as I worked on the lecture given at Pepperdine University's Harbor Bible Lectureship-

 "Reba McEntire, Rage Against the Machine, and Rabbi Jesus: Songs of Freedom and Justice. I hope you take some time to read these authors as they dive deeply into the topic of music, theology, and societal concerns.)


Beaudoin, Tom. Secular Music and Sacred Theology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013.

                                 Beck, Richard. Trains, Jesus, and Murder. FORTRESS Press, U.S, 2019.

Brueggemann, Walter. Prophetic Imagination: Revised Edition. Lanham: Fortress Press, 2001. 

      Cone, James H., and Cheryl Gilkes. The Spirituals and the Blues: An Interpretation. Maryknoll, NY:

Orbis Books, 2022.


                                Felix-Jager, Steven. With God on Our Side: Towards a Transformational Theology of Rock and Roll. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017. Lynskey, Dorian. 33 Revolutions per Minute. London: Faber, 2010.

                  Marsh, Clive, and Vaughan Roberts. Personal Jesus: How Popular Music Shapes Our Souls. Grand Rapids,

MI: Baker Academic, 2013.

    Mayotte, Cliff, and Claire Kiefer. Say It Forward: A Guide to Social Justice Storytelling. Chicago:

Haymarket Books, 2019.

                             Nelson, Jeffrey A., and Sharon Seyfarth Garner. Wonder and Whiskey: Insights on Faith from the Music of Dave Matthews Band. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2018.

               Stenning, Paul. Rage against the Machine: Stage Fighters. Shropshire: Independent Music Press, 2008.

                                 Watkins, Ralph Basui. Hip-Hop Redemption: Finding God in the Rhythm and the Rhyme. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.