Eugene Peterson Quotes and Insights

Kara Powell | Jun 6, 2011

I’ve long been a fan of Eugene Peterson. While he is best known for authoring The Message, he’s been saying and writing wise words about life, leadership, and God long before that.

In this interview done by Gabe Lyons, Eugene Peterson shares some wise words about the following:

  • Why there’s never been a “successful” church.
  • The Sabbath as a time to “unplug”.
  • The value of rhythms in our lives.
  • The story behind the writing of The Message (this was especially interesting to me).
  • Why he thought no one would ever buy The Message (boy, was he wrong).

I am so glad that I-and you for that matter-can continue to learn from wise voices like Eugene Peterson. I’m betting that you will be struck, encouraged, or convicted by at least one idea from this article today.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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