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How Many Acres Do You Have?

Wild Mountain Thyme isn’t likely to win any Academy Awards, but it’s a fun date movie about an Irish woman named Rosemary who longs to win the heart of her hapless neighbor, Anthony. It’s a fun and scenic movie to watch. I wasn’t expecting to think much about any of the themes of the movie, but one theme did make me think. Anthony’s cousin Adam visits Ireland from America. “How many acres do you have?” he asks Rosemary. “I don’t know,” Rosemary replies. “How do you not know how many…...
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The Privilege of Pastoring

I pastor a small, relatively new church. We don’t own a building. The church feels fragile, although I suppose every church does. Although we’re small, we have our share of challenges and problems. And yet I can’t believe I have the privilege of pastoring this church. I feel this way lately every time I open Zoom and see the faces of our people. We can’t even meet in person right now. Pastoring a congregation — even a small one that can’t meet in person — is a privilege greater than I d...
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Decade’s End: 30 Favorite and Important Books I Read — 2010-2019

Reading. Photo by Marguerite Gisele at Flickr DECADE’S END 30 Favorite and Important Books I Read — 2010-2019 This list by no means represents all the books I read and enjoyed in the past ten years, but I have tried to boil it down to some of the most important and eye-opening ones I’ve had the privilege of digesting. • • • On Jesus-Shaped Spirituality Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality by Michael Spencer • On Church and Pastoral Ministry The Pastor: A Spir...
Tags: Religion, America, Jesus, Michael Spencer, Christian Smith, Richard Beck, Jon Meacham, Christopher Smith, Henri Nouwen, Lisa Sharon Harper, Rachel Held Evans, Scot McKnight, Jonathan Haidt, Isabel Wilkerson, Eugene Peterson, IM Recommended Reading


Words about Thanksgiving 2019

November Horses at Dusk (2017) Words about Thanksgiving 2019 Thomas Merton To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God...
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A Truth to Combat the Lies

I’m a failure. It’s all my fault. I’m not good enough. People will resent me. I’m not really forgiven. I’m not a good mom. I talk too much when I should shut up. I stay silent when I should speak up. God is disappointed in me. Have you ever said one of these lines? I have a growing list in my journal of lies I’ve repeated and believed over the last year. But sometimes the lies we believe are true, aren’t they? Sometimes it is my fault. I have failed. I’m not always a good mom. I don’t listen wel...
Tags: Inspiration, Depression, David, Truth, Lies, Eugene Peterson, Everyday Faith, Spiritual Depression, Christ Sarah J Hauser


The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

My spiritual director laughed when I told him I’d preordered this book. He knows me well. He wouldn’t have been surprised by how overloaded I felt just last Thursday, or how often my schedule feels out of control. It’s probably the greatest threat to my spiritual health and my effectiveness as a pastor. He wouldn’t have been surprised that a friend booked lunch with me recently to express concern about my busyness. A busy pastor is a lazy pastor, said Eugene Peterson. Yes, I know. But I’ve...
Tags: Amazon, Featured, Life, Book Reviews, Portland, Jesus, Matthew, Eugene Peterson, Christian Living, Comer, John Mark Comer, Mark Sayers, Bridgetown Church


The Almost Invisible Church

I love this paragraph from James K.A. Smith’s new book On the Road With Saint Augustine: Let your eyes skate past the megachurch industrial complex and take note of the almost invisible church in your neighborhood that you’ve driven past a thousand times without noticing. Check on it some Tuesday night, and see if there aren’t lights on in the basement. Maybe the food pantry is open. Or the congregation is offering financial management classes or marital counseling for couples who are struggl...
Tags: Featured, Life, Church, David, God, Ontario, Samuel, Rosaria Butterfield, Zack Eswine, Eugene Peterson, Pastoring, Wendell Berry, James K A Smith, Almost Invisible Church


The Christian Effectiveness Officer (C.E.O.) (Clayton Pruett)

Over the last few years, a stunning shift has taken place in church culture.  Successful, influential, and powerful pastors are being dismissed from their churches.  Not for the typical moral failures or money scandals but for unhealthy leadership practices.  Why has this become such an issue? Understanding the problem The simplified version is that decades ago as the church began to lose new generations and influence in the culture the church began to adopt a more complex strategy to compete...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Shepherd, SBC, SBC Issues, Eugene Peterson, John 10:11 Jesus, Zach Eswine, Clayton Pruett, Jesus Clayton Pruett


Help If You’re Feeling Pressure to Do, Be, or Have More

Eighty percent of New Year’s resolutions are broken by February. I hear this statistic on an ordinary Friday at the end of an ordinary week. Already my hopes for 2019 feel a bit tarnished. I somehow continue to believe that with the turning of another calendar page everything will be made right. I will magically meet all my goals. I will overcome all my struggles. I will believe it and achieve it. Instead, I still eat vanilla ice cream right out of the carton. I sometimes wrestle anxiety like a ...
Tags: Inspiration, Jesus, John, Christ, Faithful, Matthew, Corinthians, Peter, HOLLEY, Encouragement, Faithfulness, Obedience, Eugene Peterson


A Year of Books on Pastoring

If you want to grow as a pastor, I’d like to invite you to a year of reading books on pastoral theology with me. If you join, you will commit to reading six books with me this year and participating in the Facebook Group. If you join, I want you to participate. No lurkers! Here’s how it will work. First, join the Facebook group. Feel free to post there with observations, questions, and reflections on the books as we read them. Click on this link and request to join the group, and I’ll add you. A...
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Roma’s Long Obedience

As a portrait of steadfastness, Roma recalls Eugene Peterson’s description of Christian discipleship. [Author: [email protected](Emily Belz)]
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Eat this Bible

by Elizabeth Felicetti   Rachel Held Evans’ Inspired in Conversation with Eugene Peterson’s Eat This Book   I first heard Eugene Peterson’s best-selling contemporary translation of the Bible, The Message, in Old Testament class in 2004, when Dr. Cook read to us the opening of Genesis: “First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.” ...
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Tincture

When Thomas Boston wrestled with a set of theological issues, it changed his ministry. “These things, in these days, while I was in the Merse, gave my sermons a certain tincture, which was discerned; though the Marrow, from whence it sprang, continued in utter obscurity.” In The Whole Christ, Sinclair Ferguson comments: I hope it will become clear throughout these pages what this tincture was. There is a perennial need for it in the ministry of the gospel. It is not linked to a particular person...
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We are all in the process of becoming: how we can learn to accept ourselves

Janice Peterson and her late husband Eugene Peterson are very special people. They have so lovingly given themselves away as they practice spiritual friendship, even with me. Here, Jan talks about the value of hospitality in building rich, meaningful friendships. I think these words will be a literal gift to your heart and soul. Masterful and luminous, you will be inspired and encouraged to do the hard and holy work of digging deep into true community using simple acts of giving yourself away. ...
Tags: Books, Religion, Guest Posts, Peace, Faith, Christ, Douglas, Gertrude, Janice, Eugene, Jan, Quaker, Appalachian Trail, Janice Peterson, Eugene Peterson, NavPress


If You’ve Been Asking for God to Give You a Message: Here it is

Such a traveler has moved on to the far better beyond. I confess, since I heard about Eugene, I’ve often fought tears. I love the man. I met him only once, sat in the Colorado mountains, a few of us in a log cabin, with Eugene and his bride, Jan, for an hour or two. I will never forget his mirth, the way he laughed and his eyes danced. Eugene and his gentle joy.  I thank God for Eugene’s faith battle that helped countless of us win more of ours. We were all graced with one of the great saints...
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Another look at the widow’s mite

This originally appeared at the Religious Imagineer by Jim Friedrich     Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched people as they put money into it.  –– Mark 12:40   How many of us have used a mite box? It’s a little blue cardboard box that’s a sort of Christian piggy bank. You put money into it every day in thanksgiving for the blessings in your life. As you call to mind the gifts you have received, your sense of gratitude is deepened.   When your box is full, you give it to a church m...
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Out of Step

I spent the weekend thinking about two men whose lives and ministries stayed out of step with our times. Fred Rogers Fred Rogers I finally got around to watching Won’t You Be My Neighbor? It’s a documentary about Fred Rogers, the quirky children’s television star who created and starred in Mister Roger’s Neighborhood from 1968 to 2001. Behind his quirkiness, Fred Rogers held to fierce theological convictions: the importance of love, the dignity of every human being, and the value of ch...
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Mike Bell – Random Stream of Consciousness Edition

My mind has been all over the place this week. Rather than focus on any one thing that I have been thinking about, I thought I would briefly recount a number of ideas that have been percolating in my brain. Feel free to pick on whichever ones catch your fancy. 1. Hey, a new picture of me from two weeks ago (for those who have no idea what I look like). As to why that is relevant, well I have lost 25 pounds over the last three months, which has made hikes like this a little easier to do. The bes...
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Monday with Michael Spencer: Luther and Today’s Evangelicals

Note from CM: We get back to some posts about the Reformation, which were interrupted by tributes to Eugene Peterson last week. Today, Michael Spencer reminds us of one of contemporary evangelicalism’s genuine flaws — its inability to grasp accurate and complex views of history. Case in point: their simplistic view of Martin Luther. • • • Monday with Michael Spencer In which he explains how evangelicals don’t really get Luther [C]ompared to most Protestants, Luther was highly Catholic, right d...
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Eugene Peterson and Me

Newfane Church, Newfane VT The biblical fact is that there are no successful churches. There are, instead, communities of sinners, gathered before God week after week in towns and villages all over the world. The Holy Spirit gathers them and does his work in them. In these communities of sinners, one of the sinners is called pastor and given a designated responsibility in the community. The pastor’s responsibility is to keep the community attentive to God. It is this responsibility that is bein...
Tags: Religion, Uncategorized, Peterson, Eugene Peterson, Dick Peterson, Matt B Redmond, Newfane Church Newfane VT


Eugene Peterson is Welcomed into Heaven

“Eugene Peterson in Heaven” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward MY RELIGIOUS ART GALLERY Only those familiar with Pastor Eugene Peterson will get this one. But that’s okay. Eugene Peterson died yesterday. He was a huge influence in my life. Still is. I was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada and had the wonderful opportunity to hear him speak many times as well as have one on one conversations with him. He was a wonderful human being. Through his work he was like a past...
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A La Carte (October 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include books on abortion, marriage, and a few other important topics. (Yesterday on the blog: Young Christian: Give the Lord a Lot to Work With) A Warning for Parents: Instagram is Full of Porn  Here’s one for parents to consider. “ Many parents may be unaware of this, but Instagram is actually one of the most prominent social media offenders in regard to the proliferation of pornography. Recently, Forbes actually did a break-down of just how much porn i...
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Matt B. Redmond on Lessons Learned from Eugene Peterson

Note from CM: Eugene Peterson died yesterday. He was t he pastor’s pastor, and a delightful, important subversive voice in today’s church culture. Peterson was my pastoral hero and (book-)mentor. One of my greatest regrets is knowing that he pastored in the town where I lived while a teenager and I never attended his church. I hope to have a full appreciation ready for tomorrow. We’ll continue our Reformation thoughts next week. This is personal, and not only for me. Countless pastors and Ch...
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Remembering Eugene Peterson (1932-2018)

'There are people who die well,' beloved pastor and author Eugene Peterson said recently, 'and I want to be one.' Well, Eugene achieved his goal. After decades spent nurturing a worldwide audience through his 30-plus books, Eugene Peterson has died. Best known for his paraphrase of the Bible called The Message, he will be remembered not for his fame, but for the personal attention he gave everyone he came into contact with. Here are some personal reflections, my 2006 interview with him, and the ...
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Eugene Peterson Was a Listener, and That’s Why We Listened

Pastor and author Eugene Peterson entered paradise this morning. Peterson was a Presbyterian pastor for most of his adult life, though he’s best known for his writings—particularly The Message, a contemporary rendering of the entire Bible. I was late to the game on Peterson. It only occurred to me a few years ago that he was the author of The Message, which years before I had regarded as a loosey-goosey handling of God’s Word. That was before I read his memoir, The Pastor. In it, I learned that...
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The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: October 20, 2018

Sun-Splashed Leaves (2015) The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: October 20, 2018 We’re at or near peak foliage season in many parts of the country this weekend. We’ve even had a little snow in the air here in Illinois and Indiana, though our colors seem to be lagging behind. We have had several really frosty mornings, however, and we’re about to wrap up the yard and gardens pretty soon so that we can get ready to hunker down in front of the fireplace for a few months. Which means it’s World Series tim...
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To Eugene Peterson

by Cara Meredith   Dear Eugene,   You don’t know me, but I sure feel like I know you. Just today, I grabbed a worn, pocket-sized edition of The Message off the bookshelf in my office. I ran my fingers over the indentations on its leather spine, fanning the faded and wrinkled gold-leafed pages. I thought about how your words have wiggled their way into my soul, how your version of one beautiful and sacred text moved into the neighborhood of my heart. It’s kind of like you’ve been on the journey ...
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Save 30% on IVP Collections This October

The modern Church has a lot to learn from ancient Christianity. Sure, some Christians may still recite the creeds or read Augustine, but there’s far more we could glean by reading more from the Early Church Fathers. Returning to writings from the ancient Church shows us how pastors and theologians throughout history have responded to theological controversies—many of which we’re still dealing with today. With that in mind, we’ve got some great ancient and modern texts for you in October’s Publis...
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3 Days, 21 Libraries, Thousands of Books

The Logos library expansion sale is a scholar’s dream, and it ends in three days . It features 21 library expansions of four sizes each, so you can find just the right addition to your own library. And all month long we’ve been offering these libraries up to 50% off, which means savings on savings. Here’s a taste of several library expansions to help you envision what it would mean for your ministry and research if you added them to your library. Master Bundle, XL Highlights ...
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Monday with Michael Spencer: Evangelicals and Spiritual Formation

Sun Setting on Gethsemani (2017) Note from CM: Michael Spencer asked the following questions ten years ago. Has anything changed? I no longer live as a participant in the evangelical world. At times I have heard rumblings of evangelicals talking about “spiritual practices” and so on, but it’s pretty obvious to me that if I want to go somewhere for a silent retreat or meet with a spiritual director or read material with true spiritual depth on the subject of contemplation or personal formation, ...
Tags: Religion, Catholic, Michael Spencer, Protestant, Gethsemani, Eugene Peterson