“The Most Heard [and] Successful Hymn of the Last Few Decades”…by U2?

Bishop Bono?

The New Yorker’s Joshua Rothman perceptively writes about U2’s¬†ongoing tension with the Christian faith and doubt:

The story of U2 might be this: having begun as a band that was uncertain about the idea of pursuing a life of faith through music, they have resolved that uncertainty. Their thin ecclesiology has become thick. Today, they are their own faith community….

For more about U2’s apparent faith/doubt paradox, and to find out what one scholar asserts is “the most heard, most successful hymn of the last few decades” read Rothman’s article “The Church of U2” here.

(HT: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship)

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?

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

Bono Interview: Marriage, Music, the Marginalized, and Jesus

It’s unusual that I would post twice in one day. However, today’s a worthy exception.121108_bono-631

Focus on the Family, a well known conservative Christian ministry (for good or ill often associated with right-wing, uber-evangelicalism), somehow secured this surprisingly candid (and encouraging) interview with U2’s frontman Bono. I’m still scratching my head in stunned disbelief how this happened. But I’m glad it did.

Whatever your personal views on Bono, U2, and religion, you’ll likely find the entire 30 minute audio interview provoking on many levels. Good stuff.