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Jul 4, 2018

Pulpit To Pew | Ep82 | Grief | Death | Song of the Bow

Inspired by David's Song of the Bow written in the throes of grief due to the death of King Saul and Jonathon, in this episode Rev. Gibson and Johnny discuss the nature of grief and it's power on artists as a spark of creativity. From Milton to Donne, to David Bowie and Warren Zevon artists throughout history have created some of their greatest works by venting their sorrow or deciphering their feelings about death in poems, song, painting, and literature. Can death be defeated? What does our understanding of Jesus's life and death show us about our perspective of death and grief?

Resources:

2 Samuel 1:17-27

Two recent nonfiction books:
Nina Riggs - The Bright Hour (2018)
Paul Kalanithi - When Breath Becomes Air (2016)

Poems:
John Milton “Lycidas” (1638)
Alfred Lord Tennyson - In Memoriam (1849)
Ben Jonson, “On my first son” (1603)
William Wordsworth, “Surprised by joy” (1815)
John Donne “Divine Meditations” sonnet #10, “Death be not proud” (1635)
Donne’s poem references 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54.

Music:
David Bowie - Blackstar
Warren Zevon - The Wind
Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven