The mature Christian doesn’t necessarily have their act together. They are, however, typically humble, merciful, gracious, gentle … seekers of God and the good of others, aware of their faults, honest with others about them, and ever so not schismatic. They ground their existence, purpose, values, and contentment in God rather than the things of this world.
Winn’s biography of Eugene H. Peterson portrays him as that type of person, whether this was expressed as an individual, a husband, a father, a pastor, an author, or a seminary teacher. It serves as a wonderful complement to The Pastor: A Memoir.
Peterson wasn’t flawless; nonetheless, his view of the pastorate, spirituality, and the whats and hows of church life—all of these concepts have proved themselves extremely helpful to me. I don’t just refer here to the external acts of pastoring: preaching, praying for the sick, etc. Doing things for God can be very different than doing things both with God and by God’s initiative and strength. And, it’s tricky, that is, being that pastor, while also being a spouse, a dad, and a neighbor.
If you haven’t read Peterson’s books and you’re a pastor, please do so. If you have, this one by Winn Collier may helpfully complete what you’ve previously read.
Thanks Winn! Peterson and Isaiah, it seems, had kindred hearts. Isaiah typifies his with these words: “My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you“ (Isa 26:9). You represent Peterson’s by your book’s title: A Burning in My Bones.