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Eugene H. Peterson speaks to Christians who realize the necessity for prayer and yearn for it but who find their prayer unconvincing and unsatisfying.
"Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places" reunites spirituality and theology in a cultural context where these two vital facets of Christian faith have been rent asunder.
Peterson shares his reflections on being a pastor after 30 years of being a parish pastor.
This book seeks to change the life of American society from the inside out through the act of believers praying together and "unselfing" themselves in the interest of community against a corrosive individualism.
Countering the widespread practice of using the Bible for self-serving purposes, Peterson here serves readers with a nourishing entire into the formative, life-changing art of spiritual reading.
Originally published in 1980 and now being reprinted to meet continuing demand, 'Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work' shows how five Old Testament books provide a solid foundation for much of what a pastor does.
Following his "Eat This Book" as the third of a five-volume series on spiritual theology, Eugene Peterson continues his theological conversation with the church in "The Jesus Way." Here he considers all the ways that Jesus is the Way compared to the distorted ways the modern American church has chosen to follow. Arguing that the way Jesus leads and the way that we follow are symbiotic, Peterson begins with an extensive study of how the ways of those who came before Christ -- Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Isaiah of Jerusalem, and Isaiah of the Exile -- revealed and prepared the "way of the Lord" that became complete in Jesus. He then challenges the ways of the contemporary American church, showing in stark relief how what we have chosen to focus on -- consumerism, celebrity, charisma, and so on -- obliterates what is unique in the Jesus way. A stunning analysis of the gap between the personal Jesus and the impersonal modern church, "The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way" is sure to engender debate and to inspire a movement back to the true way of Christ.
In The Pastor, Eugene H. Peterson, the translator of the multimillion-selling The Message and the author of more than thirty books, offers his life story as one answer to the surprisingly neglected question: What does it mean to be a pastor? When Peterson was asked by his denomination to begin a new church in Bel Air, Maryland, he surprised himself by saying yes. And so was born Christ Our King Presbyterian Church. But Peterson quickly learned that he was not exactly sure what a pastor should do. He had met many ministers in his life, from his Pentecostal upbringing in Montana to his seminary days in New York, and he admired only a few. He knew that the job's demands would drown him unless he figured out what the essence of the job really was. Thus began a thirty-year journey into the heart of this uncommon vocation-the pastorate. The Pastor steers away from abstractions, offering instead a beautiful rendering of a life tied to the physical world-the land, the holy space, the people-shaping Peterson's pastoral vocation as well as his faith. He takes on church marketing, mega pastors, and the church's too-cozy relationship to American glitz and consumerism to present a simple, faith-filled job description of what being a pastor means today. In the end, Peterson discovered that being a pastor boiled down to "paying attention and calling attention to 'what is going on right now' between men and women, with each other and with God." The Pastor is destined to become a classic statement on the contemporary trials, joys, and meaning of this ancient vocation.
This is a conversation on becoming a mature Christian, Christian formation, growing up to the stature of Christ. All of us are born. No exceptions. Birth brought us alive, kicking and crying, into a world that is vast, complex, damaged, demanding... and beautiful. In increments, day-by-day, we begin to get the hang of it. We drink from our mother's breast, go to sleep, and wake up. One day on waking up we stand upright and amaze everyone with our pedestrian acrobatics. It isn't long before we're old hands at language, using nouns and verbs with the best of them. We are growing up.
Peterson's eloquent meditation on the Revelation of St. John engages the imagination and awakens the intellect to the vitality and relevance of the last words on scripture, Christ, church, worship, evil, prayer, witness, politics, judgment, salvation, and heaven.
In Subversive Spirituality Peterson has gathered together a host of writings penned over the past twenty-five years that reflect on the overlooked facets of the spiritual life. Comprising occasional pieces, short biblical studies, poetry, pastoral readings, and interviews, this work captures the epiphanies of life with the pleasing pastoral style and inspiring depth of insight for which Peterson is well known. Peterson describes his book this way: "This gathering of articles and essays, poems and conversations, is a kind of kitchen midden of my noticings of the obvious in the course of living out the Christian life in the vocational context of pastor, writer, and professor. The randomness and repetitions and false starts are rough edges that I am leaving as is in the interests of honesty. Spirituality is not, by and large, smooth. I do hope, however, that these pieces will be found to be freshly phrased."
A work that will deepen one's understanding of Scripture and strengthen awareness that language is a gift of God, this volume focuses on Jesus' words in daily contexts, and examines how he addresses God in prayer.
In Under the Unpredictable Plant respected pastor, author, and educator Eugene Peterson clarifies the pastoral vocation by turning to the biblical book of Jonah, in which he finds a captivating, subversive story that can help pastors recover their "vocational holiness". Using the Jonah story as a narrative structure, Peterson probes the spiritual dimensions of the pastoral calling and seeks to reclaim ground taken over by those who are trying to enlist pastors in religious careers. Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness is the third of three books on the work of pastors in North America. The three books together are designed to provide a biblical orientation and theological understanding in cultural conditions decidedly uncongenial to such orientation and understanding. This third volume uses the narrative of Jonah as a structure for recovering the spiritual dimensions of the pastoral vocation in an age that relentlessly secularizes it into career development. Holiness, the cultivated habit of responding to God word instead of fitting into the world's program, emerges as the vocational distinctive. The first two books in the series are Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work and Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity.
Eugene Peterson issues a provocative call for pastors to abandon their preoccupation with image and standing, administration, success, and economic viability, and to return to the three basic acts critical to the pastoral ministry: praying, reading Scripture, and giving spiritual direction.
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