The Psalms Over Coffee

I posted this video quite a ways back, but since I’ve been posting these great conversations about the Psalms I thought I would put this out there again. It’s 21 minutes long, but it’s worth your time.

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A Big Hole And A Big Love

I’ve been posting a number of very interesting videos about art, and the Psalms. In this post Bono talks about being able to get on with life when we’re clear about the fact that Jesus Christ has conquered death. Simply put, Bono describes his pilgrimmage to Golgotha, where he concluded, “That’s where death died – so I don’t really believe in it (death) anymore.”

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A Return To Prayer

Faith Community Church is in the middle of studying and practicing the rigorous honesty of the prayers found in Psalms. One of the godly men, who has taught me so much about prayer from his writings, is the great Henri Nouwen. In his book “In The Name of Jesus” Henri addresses future church leaders, but what he says is so rich it also applies to anyone.

“The original meaning of the word ‘theology’ was ‘union with God in prayer’ . . . Christian leaders [and I would add Christians of any kind] have to learn to listen again and again to the voice of love and to find there the wisdom and courage to address whatever issue presents itself to them. Dealing with burning issues without being rooted in a deep personal relationship with God easily leads to divisiveness because, before we know it, our sense of self is caught up in our opinion about a given subject. But when we are securely rooted in personal intimacy with the source of life, it will be possible to remain flexible without being relativistic, convinced without being rigid, willing to confront without being offensive, gentle and forgiving without being soft, and true witnesses without being manipulative.”

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“Go Look At The Art”

At Faith Community Church we’re learning a ton about prayer and honesty with God through our study in the Psalms. Bono makes this very good observation in this video: “The only real problem that God can’t deal with is the problem you don’t know you have, or the problem you’re lying to cover up.” I think you’ll enjoy the whole conversation.

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Crushed

In his tiny little book “Can You Drink The Cup” Henri Nouwen makes this simple, but profound, observation that I love: “When we are crushed like grapes, we cannot think of the wine we will become.” 

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“God Is Not That Interested In Advertising”

The Psalms teach us so much. In addition to teaching us how appropriate it is to be brutally honest with ourselves and God, it also teaches us that God screams the reality of Himself shot through all of His creation. Give this a listen. I think you will enjoy the insights.

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“This Isn’t Charity. This Is Justice”

As our faith community continues to learn the emotive power and honesty of the Psalms, I want to share with you another great video of a conversation between Bono and a seminary professor. The Psalms teach us to pray honestly and they teach us about the heart of God for justice. Enjoy watching.

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