MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation 26

Dancing Lessons: Eugene Peterson on Theology and the Rhythms of Life

In his 2005 book, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, pastor/theologian Eugene Peterson argued that believers should attend to the way God works in creation, history, and community. Such attention prevents theology from being mere abstraction and spirituality from becoming vague and gnostic. In this Conversation, Peterson discusses the necessity of taking time in worship; the benefits and liabilities of small groups; the delightful gifts of language; and the centrality of "fear of the Lord" in describing our response to God's initiative in salvation. 73 minutes.

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    Eugene Peterson: “I started out as a seminary professor . . .”
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    “ . . . your whole work [as a pastor] takes place in a ‘storied’ context . . .”
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    “ . . . our culture gets so full of clichés that it’s hard to convey meaning . . .”
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    “ . . . ‘fear of the Lord’ is the most frequent term in Scripture to describe our basic response to salvation . . .”
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    “ . . . the Trinity is this constant reminder of relationality; we can’t do anything [good] in life that isn’t relational . . .”
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    “ . . . if we get too religious or pious about the Gospel we miss so much that’s there . . .”
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    “ . . . Gnosticism is the perfect cover for being ‘spiritual’ without having to do anything about it . . .”
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    “ . . . moralism is an attempt to do without God . . .”
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    “ . . . sectarianism is an attempt to have community on my own terms . . .”
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    “ . . . some of the most important things you’re going to do as a pastor are not going to be successful . . .”
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    Closing