S1E5: Remembering Eugene Peterson

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Brian hosts a discussion on the lasting impact of Eugene Peterson, a pastor and author who made a significant impact on Christians in the U.S. over the past several decades. Brian Gray is joined by Dave Strunk and Jared Mackey, and they discuss Eugene’s wisdom and writings, as well as his influence on them personally. The episode includes a clip from Eugene Peterson talking about the role of work in the plan of God.


From Dave: “For me there’s this sadness that Christianity was losing a really important voice as the frenetic pace of our life is getting busier.”

From Jared: “In some ways, one of the giants has left the land. We’re a land without giants.”

Books written by Eugene Peterson mentioned in this episode:

At Eugene’s funeral, his son, Leif, said his dad only had one sermon. That he had everyone fooled for 29 years of pastoral ministry; that in all of his books, he actually only had one message. It was a secret that Leif said his dad had let him in on early in life. It was a message that Leif said his dad had whispered in his heart for over 50 years, words he had snuck into his room to say over him as he slept as a child. “God loves you. God is on your side. He is coming after you. He is relentless.”

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