Long Obedience in the Same Direction
In an age of thirty-second commercials, thirty page abridgments and instant banking, it is not difficult to get a person interested in the gospel. It is terrifically difficult to sustain the interest.^^What we need is not another prescription for quick...
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In an age of thirty-second commercials, thirty page abridgments and instant banking, it is not difficult to get a person interested in the gospel. It is terrifically difficult to sustain the interest.^^What we need is not another prescription for quick success, but encouragement to persevere as disciples and pilgrims. Above all, we need to learn to pursue a long obedience in the same direction.^^Tucked away in the Hebrew Psalter, Eugene Peterson has discovered "an old dog-eared songbook" which challenges and encourages modern pilgrims. Psalms 120-134, the Songs of Ascents, were sung by Hebrew pilgrims on their way up to worship in Jerusalem. The author focuses a chapter on each psalm and expounds its theme, including worship, service, joy, work, happiness, humility, community and blessing. Peterson shares with fellow travelers his warm, mature reflections on these psalms of faith.^th.^
Dr. Eugene H. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He has written nearly thirty influential books including, Praying with the Psalms; Praying with Jesus; Reversed Thunder; Leap Over a Wall; Run with the Horses and Answering God , but he is best known for The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible.
Eugene Peterson was educated at Seattle Pacific University, New York Theological Seminary, and Johns Hopkins University, and in 1962, Peterson became founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring. He is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia retiring in 2002.
His most recent publications have been the Spiritual Theology Series including Eat this Book; Christ Dances in a Thousand Places; The Word Made Flesh; The Jesus Way and the fifth volume Practising Resurrection.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- 1. Discipleship: "how Will You Compete With Horses?"
- 2. Repentance: "woe Is Me, That I Sojourn In Meshech"
- 3. Providence: "keep You From All Evil"
- 4. Worship: ""let Us Go To The House Of The Lord!"
- 5. Service: "our Eyes Look To The Lord Our God"
- 6. Help: "we Have Escaped As A Bird From The Snare"
- 7. Security: "the Lord Round About His People"
- 8. Joy: "our Mouth Was Filled With Laughter"
- 9. Work: "unless The Lord Builds The House"
- 10. Happiness: ""you Shall Be Happy, , And It Shall Be Well With You"
- 11. Perseverance: "yet They Have Not Prevailed Against Me"
- 12. Hope: "i Wait For The Lord, My Soul Waits"
- 15. Humility: "my Eyes Are Not Raised Too High"
- 14. Obedience: "how He Swore To The Lord"
- 15. Community: "like The Precious Oil Upon & The Head"
- 16. Blessing: "lift Up Your Hands"
- Notes P. 193
- Es P. 193