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Bono can campaign to end poverty now and get entire arenas to sing along with Psalm 40 all he wants, but for American evangelicals, his Christianity will forever be in question—because he smokes, drinks, and swears (and let’s not even get into his friendship with Jimmy Buffett). Yale Divinity School assistant professor Christian Scharen, who will lead “One Step Closer: A U2-Inspired Worship and Discussion,” certainly isn’t the first U2 fan to try to get his fellow faithful to see past the Irish group’s leather pants and flying lemons to the divine, but his new book, One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God, is practically a Bible concordance based on the group’s catalog—from its reimagining of Ecclesiastes through its ’90s disco records to the theme of grace that dominates its most recent albums. Still, convincing Gen-Z Christians that they should listen to Christian rock made by people three times their age might prove more difficult. Scharen’s “U2charist” (no Chris Tomlin at this worship service, praise God) and discussion take place at 7 p.m. at the Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave. NW. Free. (202) 667-1377. (Andrew Beaujon)