Bono and Eugene Peterson

Bono and Eugene Peterson

Bono. Is there anyone who isn’t aware of Bono and U2? Would anyone turn down an invitation to meet with him? Apparently so. And until today, I’d not heard of Eugene Peterson. I had heard of one of his works though, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language.

I watched the Fuller Studios story Bono and Eugene Peterson: The Psalms with the inspiring story of Bono and Eugene Peterson. Experience their conversation.

“Why do we need art? Why do we need the lyric poetry of the Psalms? Because the only way we can approach God is if we are honest through metaphor, through symbol. So art becomes essential, not decorative.

I would love if this conversation would inspire people who are writing these beautiful voices and writing these beautiful gospel songs – write a song about their bad marriage. Write a song about how their pissed off at the government. Because that’s what God wants from you – the truth. Weigh the truth. The truth will set you free – it will blow things apart. Why I’m suspicious of Christians is because of this lack of realism. And I’d like to see that [realism] in life, in art and in music.” Bono.

“It’s [40] one of the songs that reaches into the hurt and disappointment and difficulty of being a human being. And acknowledges that in a language that is immediately recognizable. There’s something that reaches into a person, stuff we all feel. Many of us don’t talk about.” Eugene Peterson.

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