My conviction is that the pastor must refuse to be shaped by the culture, whether secular or ecclesiastical, and insist on becoming a person of prayer in the community of worship. This is our assigned task; anything less or other is malpractice.
– Eugene Peterson, Take and Read
Idols are non-gods and as such are much more congenial to us than God, for we not only have the pleasure of making them, using our wonderful imaginations and skills in creative ways, but also of controlling them. They are gods with all the God taken out so that we can continue to be our own gods… It is no wonder that idol-making and idol-worshiping have always been the most popular religious game in town.
And because it is so satisfying to us, it is difficult to see why there is anything so very wrong with it.
– Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Place, p. 254
A person has to be thoroughly disgusted with the way things are to find the motivation to set out on the Christian way… A person has to get fed up with the ways of the world before he, before she, acquires an appetite for the world of grace.
– Eugene H. Peterson, Living the Message, Reflection for January 13
What are words for? Here’s Eugene Peterson’s take:
The gift of words is for communion… the only words that matter are words of communion. What is distressing is to find out how infrequently they are used… That makes it urgent that the Christian becomes a specialist in words of communion.
– Eugene H. Peterson, Living the Message, meditation for January 9