C’mon back Jesus And Pick Up John Wayne On The Way

by Anna Blanch on July 17, 2012

This is the fifth post in a series tracing our journey from southern California to eastern Michigan.


Yes, indeed, because he can swing from the floor, don’tcha know?

One of the other great things about the Garmin 496 (which I mentioned in an earlier post) is that it also has XM Radio. We both love music and it certainly helps the long flights go much quicker when you have a few tunes to keep you company.

As we were flying over Nebraska, a little number by Willie Nelson came on the radio – C’mon back Jesus and pick up John Wayne on the way.

You could say it speaks to a yearning for muscular or masculine Christianity, or that it serves to prove the point that a segment of American Christianity ties up their sense of peace with needing to control their social environment with a kind of wild west law and order that John Wayne popularized or that Brian McClaren’s point that the way we’ve interpreted the bible is really no different to the Pharisees and Sadducees’ approach to domination by force is on the money…. Really though, it just seemed like the right music for the moment.

Hence, I thought everyone else should have a sound track for this segment of photos. i’m like that – I  share the love.

K and I laughed and sang and I marvelled at an eschatology that includes John Wayne in both the crowd of witnesses and Jesus’ right hand man – poor Peter…. (wink).

“It might be a good idea if, like the White Queen, we practiced believing six impossible things every morning before breakfast, for we are called on to believe what to many people is impossible. Instead of rejoicing in this glorious “impossible” which gives meaning and dignity to our lives, we try to domesticate God, to make his might actions comprehensible to our finite minds.” ― Madeleine L’Engle


Kansas, Nebraska, Indiana, and Iowa are some of the states often referred to as the flyover states.

Crossing the border between Kansas and Nebraska!


Crossing the border of Nebraska into Missouri!


Listening. Observing. Participating. Writing. Photographing. Reflecting.

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Traveller. Scholar. Photographer. Writer. Dreamer. Teacher. Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. The summer of 2012 is a nomadic summer for Anna as she edits her Phd and chases the sun after three cold years in Scotland!

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