A Beautiful Paragraph
Eugene Peterson’s words below express, as much as any paragraph I’ve read, the person I dream of being when I grow up.
“A theologian takes God seriously as subject and not as object, and makes it a life’s work to think and talk of God in order to develop knowledge and understanding of God in his being and work. A poet takes words seriously as images that connect the visible and invisible, and becomes a custodian of their skillful and accurate usage. A pastor takes actual people seriously as children of God and faithfully listens to and speaks with them in the conviction that their life of faith in God is the centrality to which all else is peripheral. The three ministries do not always converge in a single person — when they do the results are impressive. Because John so thoroughly integrated the work of theologian, poet, and pastor, we have this brilliantly conceived and endlessly useful document, the Revelation.” — Reversed Thunder, pp 2-3 Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T