Prayer, Our True Home

by Eugene PetersonTrembling is not, as outsiders so often think, being scared in the presence of God. It is something more like a holy playfulness, like faith frolicking. "Nature" is commonly viewed as a vast mathematical structure of cause and effect, the skies and oceans governed by rod-of-iron rules. Anyone who dares defy them is broken in pieces like a potter's vessel. According to the iron rod of gravity, for instance, my leg shatters when I fall out of a tree. ¬†According to the iron … [Read more...]

Creation Celebrates God’s Redemptive Works

by Eugene PetersonThe way in which this sacramental sense shapes our relation to our environment is expressed in the middle lines of the prayer. The sea looked and fled,Jordan turned back.The mountains skipped like rams,The hill like lambs.---- vv.3-4 At one level, this is simply a colorful account of the Exodus: "The sea looked and fled." In the more sober language of prose, this is the story of Israel. Fleeing from the Egyptians and then blocked at the waters of the Red … [Read more...]

Of Sacraments and Idols

by Eugene PetersonBut when we return to such natural settings in order to recover such feelings, what ordinarily happens is that we become more attentive to our feelings than to God. We have crossed a line. We are not praying but "using" nature to produce religious feelings. By engaging in the proper rituals and with a little of bit of luck we can manipulate nature for selfish benefit.This is the origin of the antiprayer called magic. Prayer is willingness practiced before God; magic is … [Read more...]

Creation & The Psalms

by Eugene Peterson When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion. The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs? Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turns the rock … [Read more...]


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