FULLER studio | – “All Art Is Prophetic” | Bono & David Taylor: Beyond the Psalms

Bono, the lead singer of U2, and David Taylor, assistant professor of theology and culture, reflect on the relationship between the prophet and the artist, how art reveals our inner lives, and the importance of looking for the drawing in the sand.

FULLER studio and Fourth Line Films present “Bono & David Taylor: Beyond the Psalms,” a conversation filmed at the Manhattan studio of Mako Fujimura, director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. Interview by Fourth Line Films: Nathan Clarke, director; W. David O. Taylor, producer; John Harrison, cinematographer. For FULLER studio, (including New York City footage): Lauralee Farrer, director; Tamara Johnston McMahon, senior producer; Ronald Allchin, producer; Nate Harrison and Tim Ronca, cinematographers; Patrick O’Neil Duff, editor.

This previously unreleased footage of Bono reflecting on the Psalms, art, and faith commemorates one year since FULLER studio was launched with a premiere of the film “Bono & Eugene Peterson: THE PSALMS.” Watch more and find additional resources on the Psalms exclusively on FULLER studio: [support us]

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Comment (11)

  1. And, actually God will deal with our problems, which we are unaware of, in His grace and love. Surely He did this with the Apostle Paul, and will do with all His children. yet, after saying that, I am challenged by Bono, and I like his heart very much. It is refreshing.

  2. why is it that most art is rejected by congregations in the US? The only real problem that God has is the one that's covered up…there are many in the ministries and in the world of course I believe but I'm glad that David Taylor listens to Bono in this real message…

  3. See Rob Bell's book "What is the Bible?" for some insight into what Jesus perhaps could have written in the sand. It has something to do with the Festival of Tabernacles, which was the yearly Jewish feast at that time. One of the passages that were taught at the Festival of Tabernacles is from the prophet Jeremiah. More specifically, Jeremiah 17:13. Go have a look at what it says 😉 Jesus was confronting the entire entrenched religious power structure with that action, not just teaching a lesson on righteousness as we were taught.

  4. Bono asks why was Jesus drawing on the ground. They were testing Him, Jesus, if He will obey the law. He was drawing on the ground…which is stone….because they were in the temple and the temple ground is stone. Not sand. Jesus wanted to show them…..do you know who are you talking with? I wrote this law with my finger on the stone…..Jesus writing to the stony ground before responding on their law question…..God writing the law with His finger on the stone….
    There is one more explanation….Ground of stone can be covered in sand of course……Jesus reveals thru Jacob Lorber in the work Heavenly Gifts: Look at the adulteress judged by the world! Her fault I have written into the sand, so that the wind may blow it away.

  5. This sir speaks truth. I struggle with the belief that my art is worthless because it doesn't bring in much money. God says opposite but it's still a struggle. Very discouraging at times, it feels like being in prison. I just don't feel free to have fun and express myself anymore, like I'm not allowed to because of money. I wish money didn't exist. It's like I have to choose between money and living.