U2’s Songs of Easter

Almost from the first listen, I’ve imagined U2’s Songs of Experience as a kind of pilgrimage from Christmas to Easter. The album certainly takes us on a journey. From innocence to experience. From birth to death to new life. From knowing to unknowing to reknowing. Martin Wroe’s “Eight Days (Poem at Easter),” published on Holy Saturday, reminded me again of …

Songs of Experience: A Liturgy for Existentialists

Here’s a snippet of my recent article for atU2.com, “Songs of Experience: A Liturgy for Existentialists.” Head over and read the rest there if you find this interesting. It’s been a long time since a U2 album has had this kind of staying power in my soul. Songs Of Experience taps something primal in me. While I appreciate it as …

U2’s Innocence + Experience: a tribe gathers in Vancouver

I never would have thought to call on the memory of a punk rocker as an invocation for worship, but that’s what happened in Vancouver two nights in a row for the opening of U2’s Innocence + Experience tour. As Bono stepped into the sold out crowd at Rogers Arena, he played the part of choir director, leading a chorus …

Christian love amidst hate and neglect

The news today is sobering, especially after hearing and reflecting on Pastor James Bergen’s sermon from yesterday at North Fresno Church. Our congregation is in a series on 1 John and it’s hard to miss the point. It’s the Gospel in tweets: Truths so simply put, they’re nearly impossible to fulfill. That’s the irony of the upside down kingdom. Dear …