I think again about “Last Third” living and come across a marvelous quote from Winn Collier’s outstanding biography on Eugene Peterson: “His life and work had been more like tracing a scent than following a map. Discovery, not direction.”
I grew up in a fundamentalist/pentecostal/evangelical world. It’s my story. I grew more and more uncomfortable those last few years. (I’m a slow learner. I’ve embraced that.) This quote from Eugene Peterson hits on many points in my life.
I am finishing my reading of The Jesus Way by Eugene Peterson. In the end, he wraps up his thoughts by helping us understand prayer all over again. It is the language of the Kingdom. It is THE way to follow the WAY.
A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson, Translator of the Message by Winn Collier My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book had to come to an end at some point, no matter how long I delayed it. I read small bits. I wrote a lot in my journal. SoContinue reading “I had to finish this book at some point…”
In another time I would have sat and read Peterson’s biography front to back with enthusiasm… and then be finished. At this point in life, I am somehow given to more reflection and this book gives me opportunity for evaluation and examination.
I am far more able to slowly make my way through Eugene Peterson’s biography than most other books because I have to stop and repent so often.
Reading in Eugene Peterson’s biography (and remembering this story from his memoir), there was the time in beginning Christ Our King church that they finally built their building. It was a glorious time. Then, people began to disappear.
This morning a thought in prayer was this: The church must always be subversive. It needs to always be in the servant role. Then I continued my meandering through A Burning in My Bones, the biography of Eugene Peterson.
I continue to meander through Eugene Peterson’s biography, A Burning in My Bones. (I think he would have meandered, so I’m trying not to hurry.)