Eugene H. Peterson Quotes


Worship does not satisfy our hunger for God; it whets our appetite.

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.

Suffering attracts fixers the way road-kills attract vultures.

Waiting means going about our assigned tasks confident that God will provide the meaning and the conclusions.

Neither the adventure of goodness nor the pursuit of righteousness gets headlines.

Sabbath is that uncluttered time and space in which we can distance ourselves from our own activities enough to see what God is doing.

A person has to get fed up with the ways of the world before he before she acquires an appetite for the world of grace.

Unlike mere action prayer is not subject to immediate evaluation or verification. If we are addicted to "results" we will quickly lose interest in prayer.

Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditions we find ourselves.

Stories are verbal acts of hospitality.

Prayer is the disciplined refusal to act before God acts.

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.

Isn't it interesting that all of the biblical prophets and psalmists were poets?

The vocation of pastor(s) has been replaced by the strategies of religious entrepreneurs with business plans.

I will not try to run my own life or the lives of others; that is God's business.

Like the sacramental use of water and bread and wine friendship takes what's common in human experience and turns it into something holy.

It is easier to find guides someone to tell you what to do than someone to be with you in a discerning prayerful companionship as you work it out yourself. This is what spiritual direction is.

If we get our information from the biblical material there is no doubt that the Christian life is a dancing leaping daring life.

We cannot be too careful about the words we use; we start out using them and they end up using us.

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.

The moment the organic unity of belief and behaviour is damaged in any way we are incapable of living out the full humanity for which we were created.

I believe God takes the things in our lives - family background education - and uses them as part of his calling. It might not be to become a pastor. But I don't think God wastes anything.

Pity can be nearsighted and condescending; shared suffering can be dignifying and life-changing.

There's nobody who doesn't have problems with the church because there's sin in the church. But there's no other place to be a Christian except the church.

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.

The Spirit works through community. Somebody will have a stupid screwy idea. That's okay. The point of having creeds and confessions and traditions is to keep us in touch with the obvious errors.

I cannot fail to call the congregation to worship God to listen to his Word to offer themselves to God.

God is the larger context and plot in which our stories find themselves.

The life of faith is a daily exploration of the constant and countless ways in which Gods grace and love are expereinced

The Bible makes it clear that every time that there is a story of faith it is completely original. God's creative genius is endless.

Without stories we end up with stereotypes -- a flat earth with flat cardboard figures that have no texture or depth no INTERIOR.

Prayer gets us in on what God is doing.

All the persons of faith I know are sinners doubters uneven performers. We are secure not because we are sure of ourselves but because we trust that God is sure of us.

If vocational holiness is to be anything more than a pious wish pastors must dive to the ocean depths of prayer.

Jesus almost never talked in terms of explaining. He was always using enigmatic stories and difficult metaphors. He was always pulling people into some kind of participation.

Worship is an act that develops feelings for God not a feeling for God that is expressed in an act of worship.

People are not problems to be solved. They are mysteries to be explored.

When we sin and mess up our lives we find that God doesn't go off and leave us- he enters into our trouble and saves us.

The Bible is not a script for a funeral service but it is the record of God always bringing life where we expected to find death. Everywhere it is the story of resurrection.

Count yourself lucky how happy you must be - you get a fresh start your slate's wiped clean. Count yourself lucky - God holds nothing against you and you're holding nothing back from Him.

Go out into the world uncorrupted a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God.

No life of faith can be lived privately. There must be overflow into the lives of others.

Real faith is refined in the fires and storms of pain.

You're here to be LIGHT... Shine! Be generous with your lives.

My job is not to solve people's problems or make them happy but to help them see the grace operating in their lives.

Pastors are highly susceptible to the sin of sloth.

Pastors need to know what's going on in the world and what has been going on for 4 000 years. We need a way to read Scripture which is imaginative interpretive.

The poor are not a problem to be solved but a people to join.

I think pastors are the worst listeners. We're so used to speaking teaching giving answers. We must learn to be quiet quit being so verbal learn to pay attention to what's going on and listen.

You don't make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious it becomes less true.

The life of faith isn't meant for tourists. It's meant for pilgrims.

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

I didn't write because I had anything to say but in order to find out what there was to say.

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.

It's essential for us to develop an imagination that is participatory. Art is the primary way in which this happens. It's the primary way in which we become what we see or hear.

The task of the prophet is not to smooth things over but to make things right.

One of the reasons that Christians read Scripture repeatedly and carefully is to find out just how God works in Jesus Christ so that we can work in the name of Jesus Christ.