My conversation with Eugene Peterson continues…
There is far more to this Christian life than getting it right. There is living it right. Learning from the truth of God, the gospel, the scriptures involves understanding words, concepts, and 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 mature in our Christian life by sitting in classrooms 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 workplaces and fellow workers, our dreams and fantasies, our attachments, our easily accessible gratifications, our depersonalising of intimate relations, our commodification of living truths into idolatries, taking all of this and placing it on the altar of refining fire – Our God is a consuming fire…[This is not] A life not reserved for nuns and monks but accessible to every Dick and Jane in every ordinary congregation.
I’ve just begun reading it myself. While I do not share the vocation of pastor, it is like sitting down with a true and tried pastor asking him to tell his story so in some sense I will know when I meet a pastor in the future, or if I have only met a CEO with that title.
Or when you decide the ministry IS where God is calling you and academics is, well, the 2nd best option… 😉
If the Lord wills.
Mark – Brian will be a good pastor who also happens to have a PhD too… 🙂
Are you two hinting that the job market is bad in academia? 😉
It does suck. 😦
In all seriousness, I think you’ll be fine. You seem gifted and called to it.
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