Eugene H. Peterson is known as a retired pastor of 35 years, Professor Emeritus at Regent College, author of over thirty books written primarily for pastors and, most famously, the author of The Message.
In the foreword to Raewynne J. Whiteley and Beth Maynard’s, Get Up Off Your Knees, Preaching the U2 Catalog, Peterson wrote:
“Is U2 a prophetic voice? I rather think so. And many of my friends think so. If they do not explicitly proclaim the Kingdom, they certainly prepare the way for that proclamation in much the same way that John the Baptist prepared the way for the kerygma of Jesus…Amos crafted poems, Jeremiah wept sermons, Isaiah alternately rebuked and comforted, Ezekiel did street theater. U2 writes songs and goes on tour, singing them.”
I asked Peterson if he would take some time to listen to songs from U2’s recent albums, All That You Can’t Leave Behind and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, and then talk with me about why he thinks U2 is doing the work of a prophet.
You can read the entire article here. Thanks to Nathan Hart for posting this on his blog.
Some excerpts from:
Rock singer exhibits faith of someone who knows heâ€™s flawed
By JALETTA ALBRIGHT DESMOND
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Let me say first and foremost that I am a fan â€” Iâ€™m not an objective music critic here â€” I am an unabashed and adoring fan. Not only am I a fan of his music, his scruffy rocker good looks, his utter devotion to his wife and his good humanitarian leadership, but I am a fan of his spirituality most of all.
Yet, while his lyrics beg for blessings from God and document his real-life relationship with Him, he still stands cautiously in the shadow of the Christian label. â€œThe story of Christ makes sense to me â€¦ as an artist, I see the poetry of it,â€ he told Jann S. Wenner, editor and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine last year. â€œâ€¦ I guess that would make me a Christian. Although I donâ€™t use the label, because it is so very hard to live up to. I feel like Iâ€™m the worst example of it, so I just kinda keep my mouth shut.â€
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