The Pastor

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-09-18
  • Publisher: Harperone

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In The Pastor, Eugene H. Peterson, the translator of the multimillion-selling The Message and the author of more than thirty books, offers his life story as one answer to the surprisingly neglected question: What does it mean to be a pastor? When Peterson was asked by his denomination to begin a new church in Bel Air, Maryland, he surprised himself by saying yes. And so was born Christ Our King Presbyterian Church. But Peterson quickly learned that he was not exactly sure what a pastor should do. He had met many ministers in his life, from his Pentecostal upbringing in Montana to his seminary days in New York, and he admired only a few. He knew that the job's demands would drown him unless he figured out what the essence of the job really was. Thus began a thirty-year journey into the heart of this uncommon vocation-the pastorate. The Pastor steers away from abstractions, offering instead a beautiful rendering of a life tied to the physical world-the land, the holy space, the people-shaping Peterson's pastoral vocation as well as his faith. He takes on church marketing, mega pastors, and the church's too-cozy relationship to American glitz and consumerism to present a simple, faith-filled job description of what being a pastor means today. In the end, Peterson discovered that being a pastor boiled down to "paying attention and calling attention to 'what is going on right now' between men and women, with each other and with God." The Pastor is destined to become a classic statement on the contemporary trials, joys, and meaning of this ancient vocation.

Author Biography

Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message, a bestselling translation of the Bible, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, British Columbia, and the author of over thirty books. He and his wife, Jan, live in Montana.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Pastor Petep. 1
Topo and Kairosp. 7
Montana: Sacred Ground and Storiesp. 9
New York: Pastor John of Patmosp. 15
"Intently Haphazard"p. 25
My Mother's Songs and Storiesp. 27
My Father's Butcher Shopp. 35
Garrison Johnsp. 46
The Treeless Christmas of 1939p. 50
Uncle Svenp. 56
The Carnegiep. 61
Cousin Abrahamp. 66
Mennonite Punchp. 70
Holy Landp. 72
Augustine Njokuobi and Elijah Odajarap. 80
Seminaryp. 84
Janp. 92
Shekinahp. 99
Ziklagp. 103
Catacombs Presbyterian Churchp. 108
Tuesdaysp. 130
Company of Pastorsp. 143
Willi Ossap. 161
Bezalelp. 167
Eucharistic Hospitalityp. 188
Apreciation and Folleryp. 197
Pilgrimagep. 204
Heather-Scented Theologyp. 209
Presbycostalp. 213
Emmaus Walksp. 218
Sister Genevievep. 223
Eric Liddellp. 233
"Write in a Book What you See…"p. 237
My Ten Secretariesp. 250
Wayne and Claudiap. 253
Jacksonp. 259
The Atheist and the Nunp. 265
Judithp. 270
"Invisible Six Days a Week, Incomprehensible the Seventh"p. 273
Good Deathsp. 289
The Next Onep. 291
Wind Wordsp. 295
Fyodorp. 300
The Photographp. 304
Death in the Desertp. 310
Afterword: Letter to a Young Pastorp. 314
Acknowledgmentsp. 319
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