Get up off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog

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Get Up Off Your Knees is a thoughtful and provocative collection of sermons by a group of preachers from across the international church spectrum who have been moved to theological reflection on the art and work of U2. This book will appeal to fans of U2, students of homiletics, and everyone interested in the intersection of art, popular culture, and religion.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
Like a cross between a hermeneutical ‘capture the flag’ and a theological ‘Where’s Waldo?’
Books & Culture
They offer a welcome portrait of what’s possible when you have three chords and the truth.
Coalition For Christian Outreach
What I want to holler is the great news that this book, these sermons inspired by the lyrics of U2, really is a fine collection. Get Up Off Your Knees simply cannot be summarized. Each sermon deserves its own critical and prayerful engagement.
— Byron Borger
Books and Culture
They offer a welcome portrait of what’s possible when you have three chords and the truth.
Scott Calhoun
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if after you read a few of these sermons you’ll be hungrier for a more meaningful life.
Coalition For Christian Outreach - Byron Borger
What I want to holler is the great news that this book, these sermons inspired by the lyrics of U2, really is a fine collection. Get Up Off Your Knees simply cannot be summarized. Each sermon deserves its own critical and prayerful engagement.
Angela Pancella
Whiteley, Maynard, and company have created a book that could have been subtitled 'A Brief Look at Christianity for Novices'. You might not know the theological jargon, but if you’re a U2 fan you probably have experienced the sorts of things these writers were taught about at their divinity schools.
Luther Seminary - Mary Hess
It will stretch you, inspire you, make you think—but perhaps most important, bring you to prayer in an active and engaged way. . . . Raewynne and Beth have put together a beautifully concise, but well argued rationale for meeting God in popular culture, and provided some ideas of how to go about helping us do it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561012237
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: The New Church's Teaching Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Raewynne J. Whiteley is vicar of Trinity Episcopal “Old Swedes” Church in Swedesboro, New Jersey. She is the author of many articles and published sermons. Beth Maynard is a pastor and writer from Massachusetts. She has worked in parish ministry, university chaplaincy, and outreach to the homeless, and holds degrees from Amherst College, Boston University School of Theology, and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. Her other publications include the book Meditations for Lay Eucharistic Ministers and several sermons and articles.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 October/new year's day 1
There's a heaviness in the air ... 3
To See What You See: On Liturgy & Learning & Life 9
Not Afraid to Die, Not Afraid to Live 15
Temples of an Incarnate God 23
Pt. 2 Until the end of the world 27
The Psalms, the Blues, and the Telling of Truth 31
Wake Up Dead Man: Singing the Psalms of Lament 37
Deliverance Where the Streets Have No Name 43
Bridging the Betweens 49
Pt. 3 Staring at the sun 53
Reconcilers in a Violent World 55
Grace: U2, the Apostle Paul, and Latin American Theology 61
Living the Question: Privilege, Poverty, and Faith 69
Walk On: Biblical Hope and U2 75
Pt. 4 Desire 83
Pressing On with U2 and Paul 85
Beyond Prosperity 91
Finding The Way To the Playboy Mansion 95
Wandering Sheep 99
If We Were More Like Thomas 103
Pt. 5 Elevation 109
The Coming of Love 111
A Wedding Sermon for Nathan and Sandie 115
The Voice You Find May Be Your Own 121
Love's Dim Reflection 127
Pt. 6 Fire 131
Lent, Part One 133
Grace the Beauty-Maker 139
Dying to Live 145
A Turning Point 149
An Army of One 153
App. A "Woo me, sister; move me, brother!" What does Pop Culture Have to Do with Preaching? 157
App. B A Brief History of U2 for Novices 167
App. C Pursuing God with U2: An Adult Study 177
Contributors 205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    Essays, not insights

    It says it all in the title, 'Preaching the U2 Catalog'. This book is a collection of essays and sermons. None of the reviews are critical analyses of the songs, nor have much biographical info on U2. A typical sermon begins with something from the real world to catch parishioners' attention. In most of these essays, that is how U2's lyrics are used. Some even repeatedly use the lyrics in the sermon, but the sermon is about a larger issue, not the music or how it affects people. There is an appendix that includes a curriculum in which you use U2 music and videos for as launching pads for bigger issues in faith. This might work with some tween to teens, but most adults I know would be too self-concious to get much out of the program. I felt adult Christians need deeper exercises than the small group question and answer sessions. Also, they claimed that non-Christian U2 fans would enjoy the discussions as well, which is within the realm of possibility, but I wouldn't guarantee it.

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