Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
“A TRIBUTE TO EUGENE PETERSON”
Author of The Message translation of the Bible. (November 6, 1932 – October 22, 2018)
Credit where credit is due. I am indebted to Peter Marty, editor of Christian Century, for my edited comments which affirm the influence of Eugene Peterson in my biblical study, and my life as a follower of Jesus.
FIRST: the kind of person we are at the center of our lives determines everything else about us. The choices, commitments, and decisions we make stem from who we are from the inside out. Even if we worship politely and behave correctly, the nature of our lives will end up anemic and trivial if we move God to the margins.
SECOND: Never look for short-cuts when seeking to be the kind of person God wants us to be.
God-chatter that sounds vaguely religious won’t create intimacy with God.
THIRD: We must let go of the idea that the Christian life is a self-project. While our culture lures us into the importance of self, the life of faith is found only when we embrace community. We should pray that we might eventually get so fed-up with our own importance that we end up following the One who can help us think more generously about others than ourselves.
Eugene Peterson: pastor, poet, scholar, believer, and witness opened my life to insights in Scripture, and how those insights change who I am called to be as a member of God’s Kingdom this very day.
Lessons for me as I face the new year………… and hopefully for all of us.