Bono’s National Prayer Breakfast Speech

We’ve been discussing in our Ancient and Emerging Worship Studies class the influence of artists on culture, and on the faith community growing up in postmodernism. As John Lennon became a spokesperson for a generation (rocky as his worldview was – enter the artist’s nature), Bono has become probably the premier artistic voice representing a generation.

Dr. Peter Fitch here at SSU suggests the possibility (or probability) that the rediscovery of Greek statues, and the reclaiming of the celebration of the three-dimensional human form in art (after the two-dimensionalism of the medieval era) may have been the single most precipitating factor of the Reformation. A celebration of humanity, but with a God-oriented focus, turns us from humanism toward a God-centric anthropology. Human beings are beautiful, and to be treated with care and dignity, because God is beautiful and reflects His image in us. Through all the rocky story of U2 and Bono’s faith, this story is punching through, and challenging the sub-culture of the Church to see a new way of being in this generation.

Here’s the YouTube version of Bono’s speech delivered to the National Prayer Breakfast and president Bush, along with leaders of many faiths:


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.