Bono, the frontman for the rock group U2 who is a Christian and has publicly talked about Jesus, has teamed up with Eugene Peterson, who wrote The Message, a translation of the Bible. According to an article posted on Christian Headlines, Bono and author Peterson teamed up to make a film about the Psalms.
The video above, which was shared by Relevant Magazine, shows Bono walking up to Peterson’s lake house and greeting the author and his wife. The video also says the film, The Psalms, will be released on April 26. Bono has performed songs with Christian themes before, like in the video below.
Bono says he is a Christian, and his family prays and goes to church. The Gospel Herald reported that Bono had announced that he would release the short film about the Psalms, which was made in collaboration with Peterson, who is also a retired Presbyterian pastor. The film will be set in Peterson’s Montana home and in New York’s gallery for the International Arts Movement. The film follows a conversation about the book of Psalms as the foundation for Bono and Peterson’s friendship.
The New Boston Post reported that The Message was a translation of the Bible known for “its more casual, 21st century vernacular.” Peterson told the New Boston Post in a 2002 interview that he read parts of the Psalms from his translation to his dying father. Bono and Peterson became friends with Peterson after they met in 2010 during U2’s 360 tour, and Bono has quoted passages from The Messages during his performances. The 20-minute film will be titled Bono and Eugene Peterson: The Psalms. Peterson created The Message by translating Hebrew and ancient Greek texts.
The film is a collaboration of Fuller Seminary, based in Pasadena, California. David Taylor, who is a professor at the Fuller campus in Houston, Texas, is the producer of the film. Taylor also is the director of Brehm Texas, which is an initiative of Fuller Seminary. Taylor sent an email to NBP and said that their hope is that people would be inspired to read the Psalms for themselves.
“Our hope is that as a result of watching the film, people will be curious or inspired to read the Psalms themselves and to discover this remarkable book of poetry in Holy Scripture that has captured Bono and Eugene’s imaginations.”
The film is produced by Fourth Line Films and directed by Nate Clarke. This is the first production to be released by the Pasadena school’s new website, Fuller Studio. Fuller is a seminary that was founded by a 1940s preacher who used radio broadcasts to reach the masses.
Taylor believes the film will interest a wide variety of people, but producers are “supposing that it will connect with fans of U2, fans of Eugene’s writing, church and lay leaders, artists, worship leaders, and folks involved in the intersection between faith and culture.”
NBP reported that a statement from the school says the goal of Fuller Studio is to “fully serve the global church by marshaling and offering a range of media resources.” The statement also said that the website’s products will be available for “individual, small group, and congregational use, in multilingual formats, drawing first and foremost from our outstanding faculty, and also from a wider circle of voices from around the country and the world.”
Don’t forget to check out Bono’s short film about the Psalms, which will be released April 26 by Fuller Studio, then come back and post your views below.
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