Eugene Peterson on parables

I’m reading through The Contemplative Pastor by brother Eugene Person. Have you ever read something that articulates a concept for the first time that you have sensed to be true for a long time? This book affords many of these moments. Here’s one:

Jesus continually threw odd stories down alongside ordinary lives (para, “alongside”; bole, “thrown”) and walked away without explanation or altar call…Parables subversively slip past our defenses. Once they’re inside the citadel of self, we might expect…a sudden…palace coup.

But it doesn’t happen. Our integrity is honored and preserved. God does not impose his reality from without; he grows flowers and fruit from within.

God’s truth is not an alien invasion but a loving courtship in which the details of our common lives are treated as seeds in our conception, growth, and maturity in the kingdom.

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Why open mindedness can’t get you truth or love

Open mindedness is good for the journey, but it is no destination itself. Though it’s thought of as the Promised Land of our time, it makes us all the more into desert wanderers.

Each culture has its narratives and dogmas. In some way, we’re all religiously affiliated to scripts and scriptures of a kind. Right now, open mindedness is one of our reigning cultural virtues, but I don’t think it’s particularly noble or even very helpful when it forms the center of our search for truth and love…
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Gary Haugen on loving “in word and deed”

As to hierarchy of proclamation, the Bible says that we are to love in word and deed. Why would I try to create a hierarchy between breathing in and breathing out? You have to do both—to proclaim truth in the world and to love [your] neighbor.

-Gary Haugen of IJM, on whether to prioritize evangelism or works of justice [Christianity Today]