A Distortion of Desire

U2's "Desire" was their first #1 hit in the UK. Bono's lyrics to the song have some striking similarities to the Apostle Paul's statements about his own desires in Romans 7.  Both Paul and Bono show remarkable self-awareness of how their desires can dominate and frustrate their lives.  In this message, we apply Rene Girard's theory of mimetic desire to these two texts; separated by 2000 years, but full of liberating meaning for today.

Hearing In Tongues

Something miraculous happened on the Day of Pentecost - some people started speaking in ways that were foreign to them. This in turn enabled some other people to begin hearing what they had to say. Just because you speak the same language as someone else doesn't mean that they will actually hear what you are saying. Being able to actually hear what is being said, through your own biases, presuppositions and social and religious conditioning is a wonderful spiritual gift.