When faced with suffering, pastoral ministry does not try to fix the one who is suffering. Instead the one who suffers is taken seriously and offered a fellowship of faithful companionship to be with them in the darkness. This is not therapeutic, it is is ministry. Encouraging grief and suffering to be expressed in isolation, …

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Darryl Dash interacts with Eugene Peterson and muses on an observation that preachers have a signature theme in their preaching, basically that they really preach one sermon, whatever the text. Sometimes it takes preachers a while to find what their signature message is, but usually they find it. Or it finds them. I recognise the …

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Eugene Peterson has died at the age of 85. The internet will provide you with plenty of eulogies, should you search them out. A contemplative presence whose wisdom invited thought and consideration, even when the reader did not agree with his conclusions. In his collaboration with Marva Dawn, published as the book The Unnecessary Pastor, …

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