Growing into maturity

I have had a number of books pawned off for me to read by one of my close friends. He went to college and ran on the same track team a Eugene Peterson. So now I have collected a stack of Eugene Peterson books to read. I have some down and some to go. Fortunately, Peterson is easy to read. Very good writer. The current book is The Pastor  from which I will be happily sharing some morsels. 

… l [have] been incrementally realizing that there is far more to this Christian life than getting it right. There is living it right. Learning the truth of God, the gospel, the scriptures involves understanding words, cocepts, history. But living it means working through a world of deception, of doubt and suffering, a world of rejections and betrayal and idolatry.

 We don’t grow and mature in our Christian life by sitting in a classroom and library, listening to lectures and reading books, or going to church and singing hymns and listening to sermons. We do it by taking the stuff of our ordinary lives, our parents and children, our spouses and friends, our workpalaces and fellow workers, our dreams and fantasies, our attachments, our easily accessible gratifications, our depersonalizing of intimate relations, our commodification of living truths into idolatries, taking all this and placing it on the altar of refining fire— our God is a consuming fire — and finding a life of holiness. A life that is not reserved for nuns and monks but accessible to every Dick and Jane in every ordinary congregation. p.230

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