Eugene Peterson

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Eugene H. Peterson 1932-2018), was a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He has written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, (2002), a contemporary translation of the Bible.

In 1962, Peterson was a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. He was Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia until retiring in 2006. He now lives in Montana.

The Message

Peterson is probably best known for The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, which was written to make the original meaning more understandable and accessible to the modern reader.

Selected works

  • A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society (1980)
  • Run With the Horses: The Quest for Life at its Best (1983)
  • Traveling Light: Modern Meditations on St. Paul's Letter of Freedom (1988)
  • Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination 1988)
  • Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer (1991 reprint)
  • Where Your Treasure Is: Psalms that Summon You from Self to Community (1993)
  • Like Dew Your Youth: Growing Up with Your Teenager (1994)
  • Subversive Spirituality (1994, reprinted in 1997 and 2006)
  • Take and Read: Spiritual Reading, An Annotated List (1996)
  • Leap Over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians (1997)
  • 1 and 2 Samuel - Westminster Bible Companion (1999)
  • The Wisdom of Each Other: A Conversation Between Spiritual Friends (2001)
  • The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language (2002)
  • The Christmas Troll (Navpress Publishing Group, 2005)
  • Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in an Everyday Life (Navpress Publishing Group, 2006)
  • The Pastor: A Memoir (HarperOne, 2011)

Pastoral Theology series

  • Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work (1980)
  • The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction (1980)
  • Working The Angles: The Shape Of Pastoral Integrity (1987)
  • Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness (1992)
  • The Unnecessary Pastor: Rediscovering the Call (co-authored with Marva Dawn) (2000)

Praying with the Bible Series

  • Praying with Jesus: A Year of Daily Prayer and Reflection on the Words and Actions of Jesus (1993)
  • Praying with the Psalms: A Year of Daily Prayer and Reflection on the Words of David (1993)
  • Praying with Moses: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words and Actions of Moses (1994)
  • Praying with the Early Christians: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words of the Early Christians (1994)
  • Praying with Paul: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words and Actions of Paul (1995)
  • Praying with the Prophets: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words and Actions of the Prophets (1995)

Spiritual Theology series

  • Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology (2005)
  • Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading (2006)
  • The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way (2007)
  • Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers (2008)
  • Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ (2010)

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Spirituality for All the Wrong Reasons

Eugene Peterson talks about lies and illusions that destroy the church.

Interview by Mark Galli Eugene Peterson had a publishing life before The Message. And one could argue that it was his previous publications that led, at least in part, to the renewal of Christian spirituality among pastors and laypeople today. In such books as Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work, Run with the Horses, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society, and The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction, Peterson exposed the shallowness of American Christianity and offered a bracing and invigorating alternative.

It is momentous, then, that Peterson has returned to writing about the Christian life with Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology (Eerdmans, 2005). It is the first of a projected five-volume series in which Peterson will systematically pull together themes he has been talking about for three decades—spiritual formation, Scripture, leadership, the church, pastoring, spiritual direction.


As above, so below

The Message preaches the panentheistic "God in everything" and "Oneness". Another example of the New Age implications of The Message is seen in the Lord's Prayer.  "on/in earth, as it is in heaven" is substituted with "as above, so below".

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These words circulate throughout occult and magical circles, and they were recorded in Hermetic texts, although they originate in the Vedas. The concept was later laid out in The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, in the words "That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing".


The Message

  • Matt: 5,5-7: ‘You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.’

    v6: ‘You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat’ v7: ‘You’re blessed when you get your inside world – your mind and heart – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world’.

  • King James Bible: 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

    6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

  • Ephesians 4.6: Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.
  • King James Bible: One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.

  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom.
  • King James Bible: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

  • The Message changes the word “Lord” when used in reference to Jesus Christ, to “Master”, a common New Age designation for transcendence’.

  • Eugene Peterson endorsed Love Wins by Rob Bell
  • Eugene Peterson endorsed Sacred Listening: Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, by James Wakefield on the cover: "Sacred Listening skillfully guides us through these exercises - hopefully making listeners of us all." And inside endorsement: "Many people own a Bible. A lot of people read the Bible. But the task of every Bible reader is to become a Bible listener so that we can then start living the text. Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises is one of the most influential guidebooks for directing us in listening. Sacred Listening skillfully guides us through these exercises-hopefully making listeners of us all." The book is targeted specifically for Protestant Christians.
  • Eugene Peterson’s endorsement of Wakefield’s Sacred Listening (emphasis his): “The task of every Bible reader is to become a Bible listener so that we can start living the text. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercisesis one of the most influential guidebooks for directing us in listening.”
  • Eugene Peterson back cover endorsed Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth (2002), by Richard Foster
  • Eugene Peterson in the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline (1988), p. 206: “Like a child exploring the attic of an old house on a rainy day, discovering a trunk full of treasure and then calling all his brothers and sisters to share the find, Richard J. Foster has ‘found’ the spiritual disciplines that the modern world stored away and forgot, and has excitedly called us to celebrate them. For they are, as he shows us, the instruments of joy, the way into mature Christian spirituality and abundant life."
  • Rob Bell lists Eugene Peterson as one of his book Love Wins's fans.
  • Eugene Peterson back cover endorsed Brennan Manning's The Ragamuffin Gospel (2000)


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