Review: Answering God

Answering God

Over the past few months I’ve been reading through the Psalms and Proverbs each day. As I’ve read, I’ve become more interested in the book of Psalms. I picked a used copy book up by Eugene H. Peterson hoping it would give me some insight into the Psalms. What it did was give me desire to read the Psalms more, but also a desire to pray through the Psalms.

If you have ever read The Message you already know Peterson has a flowing style of prose. You will find that same style here. Every so often you run into a nuggets such as, “Human beings are in trouble most of the time. Those who don’ t know they are in trouble are in the worst trouble.”

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The Unimaginative Church

I see that Eugene Peterson has been credited with saying that if the church is dying in any way it’s dying from lack of imagination.

I’ve seen at least three churches in my general area have “Try our Sundays, they are better than [Name of Ice Cream place].” Based on the above, I guess I can agree with Peterson. Why is it that we (as the church) come up with new, interesting and creative things…instead we have to copy each other (of course our love of marketing helps). I’m not saying we shouldn’t work together, it just seems like many times it is just easier to copy the sign (or ministry, or program, or whatever) from the church down the street or across town than do the difficult work of prayer and imagination.

There…I’m done now…I feel better 😉