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For every preacher who has felt out-gunned by the power of TV, Internet, or movies, Eugene Peterson suggests we look closer to home for our great advantage.

Eugene Peterson was for many years James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. A prolific author, he is probably most well known for The Message, his translation of the Bible in the language of today. Now retired from full-time teaching, Eugene and his wife Jan live in the Big Sky Country of rural Montana.

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John E Miller

commented on Jun 16, 2012

I do not understand why we should imagine that we are in competition with the media of this world. It promulgates untruth. The Christian knows the Truth, follows the Truth, is saved by the Truth and loves the Truth. Jesus is The Truth.

Jenan Field-Ridley

commented on Jun 16, 2012

Yes, the pastor/preacher has great access and influence which is why I am alarmed when I hear pastors use their pulpits to denigrate the president of this country, unapologetically using terms like 'despicable', idiot, ignorant to describe him to great merriment of their listening congregation. I have heard it several times. Is it any wonder that christians admit that they cannot pray for those in authority. Consequently is it any wonder that the country has so many problems. We are the ones called to make a difference, instead we spew hate from the pulpits and the people are corrupted. This is so sad.

Jenan Field-Ridley

commented on Jun 16, 2012

Yes, the pastor/preacher has great access and influence which is why I am alarmed when I hear pastors use their pulpits to denigrate the president of this country, unapologetically using terms like 'despicable', idiot, ignorant to describe him to great merriment of their listening congregation. I have heard it several times. Is it any wonder that christians admit that they cannot pray for those in authority. Consequently is it any wonder that the country has so many problems. We are the ones called to make a difference, instead we spew hate from the pulpits and the people are corrupted. This is so sad.

Jason Cardwell

commented on Jun 16, 2012

John, I think the point is that we are in competition with the media for the time and attention of people.

Myron Heckman

commented on Jun 16, 2012

Thanks, Eugene Peterson, for the reminder of our advantage ? it isn?t neon flashy, but it is godly and relational. Also, highlighting the agricultural metaphors in the Bible and considering ourselves more farmers than manufacturers is a helpful reminder.

John E Miller

commented on Jun 21, 2012

Jason I believe that there is a divine mystery in all that God does. The Bible tells us that the Spirit of God convicts men of sin and that the Father alone draws the individual to Christ. Those who preach, whether to individuals or from a street corner or pulpit deliver the message of God's word. That message shines like a light in the darkness and God can and will direct it exactly to the place of need. We are not in competition with any other message. We proclaim the truth of the Eternal God and we need fear no competition, certainly not from the sinful darkness of the world of entertainment.

Jason Cardwell

commented on Jun 21, 2012

John, it seems we are using the word competition in different ways, and that's ok, as long as we recognize it. God is in competition with Satan, but Satan is no competition for God, you know? We want people to hear the truth. Other sources have lies they want people to hear. That is a particular kind of competition. But you're right that the lies are no competition for the truth in value, ability to lead to salvation, or where they come from! I believe Peterson's point is exactly yours, that we need fear no competition from these other sources, because of the worth and power of the Gospel!

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