FULLER studio | – “Where Death Died” | Bono & David Taylor: Beyond the Psalms

Bono, the lead singer of U2, and David Taylor, assistant professor of theology and culture, discuss mortality, Bono’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and the day he’ll remove his sunglasses.

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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  1. This video reminded me of possibly my favorite holy sonnet:
    Death, be not proud
    Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
    Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
    For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
    Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
    From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
    Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
    And soonest our best men with thee do go,
    Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
    Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
    And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
    And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
    And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
    One short sleep past, we wake eternally
    And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

  2. Grief and loss and abandonment is a powerful motivator to perfect our art or provide motivation to help others. It is in this void thru creating or helping, we can find our similarities with our Master Creator and see that love far outlasts our short time here. The music of U2 stays relevant after all these years because it connects our souls to one another, humanity, music, and ultimately God.

  3. Regarding death and what follows, this is not the scriptural truth that makes one free. (John 8:32) Don't expect Christendom to either teach or uphold scriptural truth; because it never has yet. Jehovah's words are truth – said Jesus Christ. (Psalm 17:17) And Jehovah has stated that the dead "are conscious of nothing at all." (Ecclesiastes 9:5) Upon death, for nearly all human beings who die; there is NO after-life; NO going to heaven (or a non-existent "hell" [place of torment]); no "passing on" to a better life or other existence. There is simply "sleeping" in death; as Jesus described the state of his dead friend Lazarus. (John 11:11-44) Indeed, "the soul that is sinning, it itself will die" (Ezekiel 18:4) – and all humans now (even the most godly) fall short and sin. "The wages sin pays is death" (Romans 6:23), so, upon death; things are evened-out. But, yet, there is MORE to hope for, thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus perfect human life. The ransom he paid and the atonement for sins he paid is enough to cover for people's sins – to make it possible for both persons resurrected back to life and those who will never die (who will survive the soon-coming Armageddon Day) to live forever (as Adam and Eve were originally meant to). (In nearly all cases) the resurrection of those who die before Armageddon will occur AFTER Armageddon Day; after this world undergoes significant repair – people will be welcomed back into a world transformed/being transformed into a paradise here – one of peace. There will be a resurrection of "the righteous and the unrighteous". (John 5:28,29) People will hear Jehovah and/or Jesus' voice calling their name, bringing them back from their sleeping in death. (Job 14:15) People who died in the past will get a chance to be educated about Jehovah's truth and standards – in a trouble-free setting. Then they can choose whether to obey Jehovah, so as to keep on living- or not. So, until that time, until that future resurrection day; (except in the rarest of all cases) to be dead is to be missing out on life, period. That is why, yes, it IS so very tragic; and why life is SO very, very precious. Also until then, though, those who have died are totally SAFE, in Jehovah's perfect memory. That is how closely he has observed and cared about individuals, their whole lives – He knows them completely, through and through; and so is absolutely able to resurrect persons back to life, as the same, unique individuals that they were. What about the OPPOSITE of this scriptural truth though? What if Satan's original LIES to Adam and Eve were correct – that they would NOT die (even if they disobeyed God, as God had warned them) [Genesis 3:4] – that they possessed "immortality of the soul", the primary teaching of MOST of the world's religions today? Well, in one line, that would certainly render Jesus Christ's sacrifice and everything to do with that – all of his and Jehovah's teachings, all of the writings of the prophets and apostles – and, indeed, the entire Holy Bible and lives faithfully lived according to it TO BE A TOTAL FARCE, wouldn't it. YET, THAT IS NOT THE CASE. Instead, the problems are with the anti-scriptural – the entirely POPULAR, but thoroughly WRONG doctrines of men, which most people have allowed to displace the life-and-future-vital scriptural truth of God Himself. The results have been tragic. It has produced much evil. Throughout history, many people have been slaughtered, tormented, have committed suicide, have cut their lives short, or have cut short the lives of others – all due to belief in this anti-scriptural, but yet prevalent false religious belief, which makes death seem "not so bad", and peoples' gift of life from Jehovah seem not so precious or holy. The false religions of the world will never be able to come clean in God's eyes – for the falsehoods they have taught; and the harm, injustices, and evil that have come from them. (Revelation 18:23,24) So, what God wills, urgently, is for any honest-hearted individuals still left within any of the world's false religions to LEAVE them, immediately (Revelation 18:4,5); "repent and turn around" (Acts 3:19); learn Jehovah's scriptural truth and obey it (John 17:3; 4:24); and then keep on staying loyal and true to Him. (In God's new world – His Kingdom – here, people WILL grow physically and spiritually perfect again – no one will be sick, or suffering. Then, its true – people won't be needing glasses.) 🙂

  4. It's the line of an old church hymn by Martin Luther, that on Good Friday death killed death. Later on the same thought was a central idea in the philosophy of GWF Hegel. And even Tolkiens "Lord of the Rings" has the similar idea of a negation of negation (destruction of the ring, and self-sacrifice).

  5. I'm a prophetic artist too. I draw and paint what I feel Lord shows me, and give it to others. I have always been a fan of yours Bono, and it thrills me to know we share a passion. And most of all you love God. Thank you for your testimony!