Bono, Tim Keller and John Piper for a Sit-Down Conversation? What Might Have Been

Several years ago I had a crazy idea.

I had tickets to U2’s upcoming concert in Minneapolis. Desiring God’s headquarters were 1.5 miles from the stadium where U2 was scheduled to perform. Bono had a history of partnering with well-known evangelicals, including Rick Warren. So would he be open to meeting with Tim Keller and John Piper for a sit-down conversation and be willing to have it captured on video?

There was only one way to find out.

After a bit of sleuthing, I directly corresponded with U2’s people at their modest Dublin office. No joke. They were interested in the possibility, but just wanted more information.

I then contacted Keller’s people. He was scheduled to be on a summer sabbatical. Crazy idea was officially nixed.

But I wondered: what would have happened with Bono, Keller and Piper in a moderated discussion?


imgres-1We’ll never know. But it piques the imagination, no?

Narnia Meets the Nicene Creed

While at a conference on C.S. Lewis this past weekend, I was surprised that a children’s book, I Believe: The ImageNicene Creed, beautifully illustrated by Pauline Baynes, wasn’t in the bookstore.

Who’s Pauline Baynes? She famously illustrated Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Why wasn’t it in the bookstore? Sadly, because it’s out of print (even though it was first published in 2003).

If you’re a Narnia fan and aren’t too familiar with the Nicene Creed, there’s no better introduction to the Creed than this book. It’s a wonderful marriage of Narnia and the Nicene Creed.

And if you want to rally for its reprint, contact Eerdmans, the book’s publisher, and let them know you’d like it back in print. Otherwise, you’re relegated to finding a used copy.

In the meantime, click on the right cover to sample Baynes’ illustrations and enjoy this gem of a book.