LIVING THE RESURRECTION
Bill, a blog friend of mine and owner of Bean Book Services, sent me a copy of Eugene Peterson's brief and very readable book Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life (NavPress: 2006). Thanks, Bill.
It's no secret that I have been greatly influenced in my vision of Christian ministry by the person and writings of Eugene H. Peterson. Eugene, to my very happy surprise, wrote the Foreword to my book Jesus the Pastor: Leading Others in the Character and Power of Christ (Zondervan: 2000).
The book unfolds in 3 chapters with an appendix of resurrection Bible texts from The Message.
Chapter 1- Resurrection Wonder
Peterson unpacks the meaning of Sabbath.
Chapter 2- Resurrection Meals
Peterson unpacks the meaning of the Lord's Table.
Chapter 3- Resurrection Friends
Peterson unpacks the meaning of Baptism.
While the book is vintage Peterson, pulsating with his discerning observations about being Jesus-followers in a consumer-based, expert-ordered, self-centered culture, his best stuff, in my opinion, is his discussion of laypersons. "Smart Devil."
"The Devil does some of his best work when he gets Christians to think of themselves as Christian laypersons. In the ordinary use of our language, the term layperson virtually always means not-an-expert. ... Following Jesus gives way to following Jesus-experts. ... I'm a religious consumer, that's true, but a consumer all the same--a soul condition deeply marred by passivity" (89, 91). Accepting layperson status is the grievous sin of "betrayal" (92).
I appreciate Bill making me aware of this book and I hope you'll take the time to read it.