A postscript on Peterson (the danger of faulty reasoning)

In the midst of the social media storm over what Eugene Peterson did and didn’t say and why he retracted, a one line put down has been employed on twitter to close the debate down.  The line is this: Continue reading

Pastors, Megachurches and Eugene Peterson

Buried in the middle of Eugene Peterson’s recent interview and lost amongst the controversy about his position on same-sex marriages is an equally important little quote when he talks about mega-churches

“I think the thing that’s most disturbing is the megachurch because megachurches are not churches. My feeling is that when you’re a pastor, you know the people’s names. When 5,000 people come into the church, you don’t know anybody’s name.

I don’t think you can be a pastor with just a bunch of anonymous people out there. In the megachurch, well, there’s no relationship with anybody. I think the nature of the church is relational. If you don’t know these people that you’re praying with and talking with and listening to, what do you have? I feel pretty strongly about that.

Now, there’s a lot of innovation in the church, and overall, I can’t say I’m disheartened. I’m just upset by the fad-ism of the megachurch, but I just don’t think they’re churches. They’re entertainment places.”[1] Continue reading

Eugene Peterson and Same Sex Marriage

Controversy hit the internet this week when in an interview, Eugene Peterson (the best-selling author behind The Message) appeared to endorse same-sex marriage.[1] Peterson the effectively retracted the comments a day later.[2]

I just want to have a little look at the comments and the retraction here because there are some important and challenging lessons to draw out about pastoral care and faithful Christian living.

The focus centres around two questions Continue reading