Archive | June, 2013

Livable in Real Life

15 Jun

Pastor .

“…everything, absolutely everything in the scriptures is livable. Not just true, but livable. Not just an idea or a cause, but livable in real life.”

Eugene Peterson


Fitting that the author of The Message would pen a paraphrase of 2Timothy 3:16 tucked into his memoir. This pastor and theologian for the common man who has been dedicated to teaching truth for more than a half-century knows something about the livability of the subject of his dedication.

Peterson pastored Christ Our King Presbyterian Church for 29 years. He studied, preached, and lived the scriptures in front of, and with, his congregation as he led the worship service every Sunday.

Pastor Pete’s example (and ours) is Jesus. Jesus, the one who laid aside his deity and lived as a mortal man, got it right – partly so we would know a holy life is possible. (And partly so he could be the sinless sacrifice for our sin, and mostly because he loved his Father. But those are topics for another post.)

When Jesus lived on the earth he was the scripture livable in real life. Not an ethical system of shoulds and should-nots, but The Word in human flesh. Total fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.

Complete love, grace, peace, holiness, joy… completely worthy of my worship.



What scripture is challenging you to live differently? To really live?
Mine is 2 Peter 1:1. More on that next week.

Peterson quote above from: The Pastor – A Memoir, p. 214.


One Thing

1 Jun



One thing I ask from the Lord,
.    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
.    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
.    and to seek him in his temple.  Psalm 27:4


If I could distill every desire I have down to the One Thing, I’m not sure I would come up with the same base desire that David had. But I want to want to.

I want to be known for my passionate pursuit of God. For my humble and total-heart worship of Him.

This week someone through something of this sort into a conversation. I have had many conversations, but this is the one I remember.

So, maybe I am getting it. But if I am completely honest (is there any other kind of honesty?) I don’t think I own Psalm 27:4.

More than wanting to be known for this, though, I want to worship Him: to gaze on His beauty, to seek Him.

.  .  .  .

Bringing a herd of cattle in, Mitch (Billy Crystal) and Curly (Jack Parlance) have a heart-to-heart in City Slickers

Curly: “Do you know what the secret of life is? This [holding up one finger]. One Thing, just One Thing. you stick to that and everything else don’t mean s***.”

Mitch: “That’s great, but what’s the One Thing?”

Curly: “That’s what you’ve gotta figure out.”

.  .  .  .

That’s what we all have to figure out.


Ready for Sunday

I want worshiping God to be my One Thing. Wanting to want to have this One Desire is my prayer… for myself, our worship teams, and those who will be in the congregation this Sunday… and for you.

(Next week I will be involved in an outreach all week. See you June 15.)

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