” That’s the whole spiritual life. It’s learning how to die. And as you learn how to die, you start losing all your illusions, and you start being capable now of true intimacy and love. “


” One way to define spiritual life is getting so tired and fed up with yourself you go on to something better, which is following Jesus. “


” I get asked, ‘What do you miss most about being a pastor?’ I think it’s the intimacy, the incredible gift of intimacy. You go through death with somebody, with their families, and there’s an intimacy that comes through that that is just incomparable. “


” When you are part of a megachurch, you have no responsibility to anybody else. “


” The role of the pastor is to embody the gospel. And of course to get it embodied, which you can only do with individuals, not in the abstract. “


” If you keep the Sabbath, you start to see creation not as somewhere to get away from your ordinary life, but a place to frame an attentiveness to your life. “


” People learn to shop for churches, there is no loyalty to the church. They’re consumers being attracted to one product or another. I think it’s sacrilege, to tell you the truth, it really is. “


” Religion is a very scary thing, because a pastor is in a position of power. And if you use that power badly, you ruin people’s lives, and you ruin your own life. “


” If you don’t take a Sabbath, something is wrong. You’re doing too much, you’re being too much in charge. You’ve got to quit, one day a week, and just watch what God is doing when you’re not doing anything. “


” In high school I was very much involved in poetry. You cannot read a poem quickly. There’s too much going on there. There are rhythms and alliterations. You have to read poetry slow, slow, slow to absorb it all. “



All 10 Eugene H. Peterson Quotes about You in picture


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One way to define spiritual life is getting so tired and fed up with yourself you go on to something better, which is following Jesus.


I get asked,
When you are part of a megachurch, you have no responsibility to anybody else.
The role of the pastor is to embody the gospel. And of course to get it embodied, which you can only do with individuals, not in the abstract.
If you keep the Sabbath, you start to see creation not as somewhere to get away from your ordinary life, but a place to frame an attentiveness to your life.
People learn to shop for churches, there is no loyalty to the church. They
Religion is a very scary thing, because a pastor is in a position of power. And if you use that power badly, you ruin people
If you don
In high school I was very much involved in poetry. You cannot read a poem quickly. There
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