Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms and Art (Friday Feature)

Last week I wrote about the passing of Eugene Peterson and his impact on my spiritual and literary life. In particular, it was Eugene’s classes that led me to a recovery and reimagining of my vocation of writing and scholarship and pastoral work after I had left the paid pastoral ministry behind. Especially, though, it is the writing on spirituality and his translation of The Message that stirs us on.

I am not the only one, of course, who was stirred up by Eugene’s earthy, incarnational, poetic theological perspective. U2’s Bono shares my appreciation for Eugene’s work. In recent media coverage, including a moment where Bono dedicated a live song last week to Peterson’s legacy, I remembered David Taylor’s documentary. David is a professor at Fuller Seminary and an alum (like me) of Regent College. He managed to orchestrate a meeting between Bono and Eugene in Montana to talk about the Psalms. I think this is a lovely conversation on poetry, art, and biblical song with an evocative message to the church and a prophetic calling to Christian artists.

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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