Denver United Church Denver, CO
Eugene Peterson - Video Presentation & Dinner
Wednesday, Sep. 24 6:30 p.m.
Held on September 24, 2014.
What am I called to? How can I serve God in a job I don’t even like? What can do about being so busy? What role does my work play in God’s plan, if any? These are questions many of us have asked at one point or another. And they’re questions that often don’t have easy answers.
Recently, a group of Denver pastors and lay people visited Eugene Peterson, the best-selling author of The Message, at his home in Montana. During their visit, they asked Eugene hard questions about busyness, morally ambiguous work, how to find one’s calling, the role of Sabbath, the difference between vocation and occupation, retirement, and the role of human work in God’s creation. This event featured never-before-seen videos of Eugene Peterson speaking on work, vocation, and serving God amidst the challenges of daily life. The event also included several local leaders commenting on Eugene’s wisdom – all 81 years worth.
Eugene Peterson is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He has written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, an idiomatic paraphrase of the Bible. Eugene served for 29 years as the pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, and later served as professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver. His books on pastoral theology, such as A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, have had a widespread influence.
Andrew Arndt is a Teaching Pastor at New Life Church, in Colorado Springs and co-hosts the weekly Essential Church Podcast with New Life's Senior Pastor Brady Boyd. He's passionate about helping the Body of Christ understand how the claim of Christ upon their lives applies to the workplace. He was formerly the Lead Pastor at Bloom Church.
Jeff Haanen is a writer and entrepreneur. He founded Denver Institute for Faith & Work, a community of conveners, teachers and learners offering experiences and educational resources on the gospel, work, and community renewal. He is the author of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement: Finding God’s Purpose for the Next Season of Life and an upcoming two-book series on spiritual formation, vocation, and the working class for Intervarsity Press. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Denver and attends Wellspring Church in Englewood, Colorado.