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By Kelly Wise Valdes

Spiritual Comic Book Hits Bookstores

What does a comic book superhero have in common with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Readers will learn this and more in the new Judson Press title Holy Heroes: The Gospel According to DC & Marvel by pastor and author Scott Bayles.

Likening the legends of superheroes to modern-day parables, Holy Heroes connects the timeless truths of God’s Word with the stories of Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Spider-Man, Green Lantern, the X-Men, and others. With fascinating insight and surprising depth, Bayles unpacks those truths and helps superhero fans draw near to the heart of God in a relatable, relevant way.

Holy Heroes builds a bridge from the fictional world of superheroes to the one true superhero—Jesus Christ. The book features cosplay photos to introduce each character and includes discussion questions for small group study.

For more information, visit www.judsonpress.com or visit his blog at costumersforchrist.blogspot.com.

Megachurch Pastors Host Talk Show Coming To Fox This Summer

Four megachurch pastors will host a new faith-based talk show on FOX this summer, called The Preachers.

The show will feature John Gray, an associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas; E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon; Orrick Quick, pastor and founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, North Carolina; and Jamal Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

According to The Christian Post, the show’s executive producer will be Bill Geddie, who was co-creater and executive producer of ABC’s The View. Smith said the show would tackle topics that the church might not want to talk about.

For more information, visit www.fox.com/shows. 

U2’s Bono Teams Up With Pastor Eugene Peterson

Popular rockstar Bono and retired Presbyterian Pastor Eugene Peterson have teamed up to release a new documentary about the two men’s unlikely relationship and a conversation they had on the book of Psalms. Bono, the frontman for the legendary rock band U2, and Peterson released the 20-minute documentary titled Bono and Eugene Peterson: The Psalms.

The video starts off by showing a 2002 video of the Ireland-born Bono, who often quotes passages from The Message during concerts, thanking Peterson, on behalf of himself and other U2 band members, for the translation work that he has done.

The documentary then shows Peterson discussing how he first learned from his students that Bono had praised his work when they showed him a copy of Rolling Stone magazine that quoted Bono talking about The Message.

The documentary then explains how U2 ended its North American tour by playing the song 40, which has lyrics adapted from Psalm 40. The second part of the documentary is filmed at Peterson’s home in Flathead Lake, Montana, where Peterson and Bono sat down to discuss the Psalms in depth in a conversation moderated by Fuller Theological Seminary professor David Taylor.

For more info, visit fullerstudio.fuller.edu/bono-eugene-peterson-psalms/.