U2: Prophetic Words for The Message Author

Published: 2006-02-20
During the Elevation Tour, Bono recited Psalm 116 from 72 year old Eugene Peterson's most recent work, a new version of the Bible called The Message. His praise continued for Peterson when at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast on February 2, he referred to Peterson as a "very gifted scholar and poet".

Peterson, a retired pastor of 35 years, and Professor Emeritus at Regent College has not taken an interest in going to U2 concerts (he prefers classical), but he does think that Bono's message to the world is prophetic and similar to how God used the prophets in the Bible to reach the world on issues that needed attention. In a recent interview with Atu2.com, Peterson says Bono is "calling people to forsake [their] lives of selfish pursuits fueled by destructive delusions."

For more on Peterson's conversation about Bono visit: http://www.atu2.com/news/article.src?ID=4232

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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These two men and this version of scriptures have been priceless to me. After many years of scripture study and as of late a disenchantment with the ways of western civilized evangelism, I needed something where the next word or phrase wasn't predictable, or loaded with memories or notes or preconcieved outcomes.

Bono was attributed to loving this version in a Christianity Today article a few years back; when I discovered this last spring I purchased the paperback and found myself by Matthew 5 reading and weeping, reading and weeping.

I have given a number of these new testament paperbacks to people who are either fans of Bono, as his Rolling Stone Interview endorsement is on the back cover, or to folks who have just grown weary and need a fresh infusion of the way our faith used to be - simple and unpretentious. It's not meant for study. It's meant for time spent intimately with the Lord and His Word. We need time for both.

The Psalms in The Message are remarkable. These passages are the most difficult for me to get thru, as they broadside me anew with the glory of the Lord and worship. No place I'd rather be stalled at. . . .

Thank you,
Sammi Fredenburg
Posted by: Sammi Fredenburg on February 21, 2006
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