“A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.”

It's a Nietzsche quote. The essential thing 'in heaven and earth' is . . . that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living. It's the title of a Eugene Peterson book on "the Psalms of Ascents".And if Bono gets his way... … [Read more...]

Eugene Peterson, who gave us “The Message,” is in Seattle on Saturday.

Eugene Peterson will lecture, read & receive the annual Denise Levertov award, Sat. at 7:30.The event is free & open to the public.I am so grateful for Peterson. I'm halfway through his new book, Tell It Slant, and it's changing the way I think about storytelling. I'm also grateful for his words about Through a Screen Darkly, which appear on the book's back cover. And I get a little giddy thinking about how Bono carries around copies of The Message and gives them away to people … [Read more...]

The Sixth Annual Denise Levertov Award

This just in: … [Read more...]

Eugene Peterson’s "Eat This Book" … and Moviegoing

I am finding Eugene Peterson's Eat This Book to be a particularly inspiring meditation on our need to read, taste, chew, and digest the Bible.And along the way, I am thunderstruck by how often the points Peterson is making about how we should read scripture run parallel what I've tried to convey about how we should attend to art.I've just read a section on the power and essentiality of storytelling. (p. 40)Check this out:Honest stories respect our freedom; they don't manipulate us, … [Read more...]

Looking for Utopia?

One of the seductions that bedevils Christian formation is the construction of utopias, ideal places where we can live totally and without inhibition or interference the good and blessed and righteous life. The imagining and then attempted construction of such utopias is an old habit of our kind. Sometimes we attempt it politically in communities, sometimes socially in communes, sometimes religiously in churches. It never comes to anything but grief. Utopia is, literally, “no-place.” But we can l … [Read more...]

Eugene Peterson on Christian "Relevance"

More from the CT interview with Eugene Peterson: … [Read more...]

U2′s fan site welcomes special guest: Philip Yancey!

Bono's got good taste in books.First he becomes a big fan of Eugene Peterson's The Message ... a translation of the Bible that I'm very fond of. … [Read more...]


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