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Eugene Peterson

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“Theology may perhaps be defined as the discipline by which the Church, carefully and with full knowledge of the risk, translates biblical faith into the non-biblical language of another age.” G. Ernest Wright 1 You know it, right…..the liturgy of coffee. That after church thing. 2 Apprentice’s really insightful summary of nine ways we fail […]


“Egypt was the memorial stadium of the ancient world: clean boundaries, set rules, a clear separation between the players (the royal house) and the spectators (everyone else), all the gods in picture form so that everyone knew who was who (you can’t tell the players without a programme), and, above all, numbers- everything can be […]


Eugene Peterson on pastoral vocation:- “… Pastoring is not a very glamorous job. It’s a very taking-out-the-laundry and changing-the-diapers kind of job. And I think I would try to disabuse them of any romantic ideas of what it is. As a pastor, you’ve got to be willing to take people as they are. And live […]

5 of Peterson

So here’s five more quotes, from one of my favourite Pastor mentors. The wise, inimitable and gracious Eugene Peterson. You know the drill……here goes. 1. “The mature Christian life involves a congruence of grace and work.” 2. “Christian faith is not neurotic dependency but childlike trust. We do not have a God who forever indulges our […]

Eugene says it well

I remain forever shaped by the writing, input and time shared with Eugene Peterson. Legacy stuff. This is one of my favourite sections from his writing. His challenge is strong, real and gracious. He says it well…… “The pastors of our nation have metamorphosed into a company of shopkeepers, and the shops they keep are […]

more Peterson, more pastoralia

I can’t overstate my deep appreciation of Eugene Peterson enough. He’s the kind of pastor, mentor & author whose writing, inspires, resources and warms me! His most recent writing, I loved last summer when I first read it. Usually it takes me a couple of weeks to get through a Eugene book, sentences and paragraphs […]

why shine!?

Matthew 5 v 14-16 as paraphrased in The Message “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t […]

Psalm 36

….a favourite souvenir from the last few days.….Psalm 36 in the Message: “God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. How exquisite your love, O God!”

Paying attention….

The central reality for Christians is the personal, unalterable, persevering commitment that God makes to us. Perseverance is not the result of our determination, it is the result of God’s faithfulness. We survive in the way of faith not because we have extraordinary stamina but because God is righteous. Christian discipleship is a process of […]

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