Eugene Peterson may not be a name familiar to many of us, but he has almost certainly impacted your understanding of the Gospel, even if indirectly. He has written more than a dozen books and has influenced countless pastors, preachers, and theologians.
But the book he might be most famous for is “The Message,” a paraphrase of the Bible. It was never meant to be a study Bible or to be a reliable way to dissect the Greek and Hebrew verbs, but it has strengthened and increased the faith of so many people. Peterson discussed his reasoning behind writing “The Message” with NavPress not long ago.
Eugene Peterson died October 22, 2018 after living a life full of grace, mercy and wisdom. Here are some of our favorite paraphrases from “The Message”:
Some of our favorite things he wrote or said apart from his paraphrase:
Waiting in prayer is a disciplined refusal to act before God acts.
— Eugene Peterson (@PetersonDaily) September 7, 2018
The life of faith cannot be lived in general or by abstractions.
— Eugene Peterson (@PetersonDaily) September 3, 2018
Discipleship is a process of paying more and more attention to God’s righteousness and less and less attention to our own.
— Eugene Peterson (@PetersonDaily) August 31, 2018
In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true.
— Eugene Peterson (@PetersonDaily) August 23, 2018
That’s the whole spiritual life. It’s learning how to die.
— Eugene Peterson (@PetersonDaily) August 24, 2018
Which passages from “The Message” have encouraged you the most? Or shed new light on the meaning of confusing verses?
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