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  1. filbertz says:

    a well-crafted line & hefty thought “…another giant passes to be buried by dwarves…”

    autumn–a superior season & word choice.

    I, too, am tired of the arrogance of the ‘repent & be saved’ crew, who rarely, if ever, practice what they preach. I pretty much have to repent every time I open my pie-hole.

  2. Michael says:

    You ând me both, fil.
    I’m glad you’re here…

  3. filbertz says:

    …besides, where’s the wisdom in telling someone with dementia anything, much less something weighty like ‘repent and be saved’? Dementia is loss of short term memory and the ability to ‘connect the dots.’ Duh.

    I like the term ‘progresservative’ better each day, especially if it pisses someone off.

  4. Jean says:

    I don’t have a problem with The Message. That’s because I realize what it is – a paraphrase. It is like a short verse by verse commentary, or like the exposition a preacher might give from the pulpit. A reader is at liberty to agree or disagree with any of Peterson’s paraphrase, just like a reader or hearer might agree or disagree with any commentator’s commentary or preacher’s exposition.

    If someone misuses The Message by calling it or preaching it as a “translation,” Peterson should not be judged for the misuse of someone else. Here is what the The Message website says it is: “The Message—a vibrant Bible paraphrase that connects with today’s readers like no other.” Caveat emptor.

    It’s not a bad resource if you’re looking at an obscure passage and would like a second or third opinion. It’s not inspired, but that doesn’t mean it might not be helpful in a particular case.

  5. filbertz says:

    …further, there’s a lot of good company outside the camp. Some of us withdrew, others dispatched, but the wisdom is rich and the fellowship sweet.

  6. Michael says:

    Well said…

  7. Kevin H says:

    Sad to have seen the news of Peterson but his life has been a life well lived.

    Back when the whole same-sex marriage kerfuffle happened with Peterson, I had wondered even then if there possibly could be elements of dementia and/or Alzheimer’s that might be contributing factors. Still wouldn’t be able to say if it was or not, but this news certainly makes it possible. It’s a shame if Peterson ended up getting slammed so much (by both sides) when a big cause of it may have been something out of his control.

  8. Captain Kevin says:

    Agreeing with Jean about The Message.

    The line about giants buried by dwarfs…Brilliant!

    #9 – Yes, Yes, Amen and Amen!!!

  9. Erunner says:

    #6 I had a wonderful Grandmother as well as her sister who died as a result of dementia. My mother is now on that road. Lots of giants who live with and have died from this wrethched disease. I know you in no way were slighting them. Just hits close to home.

  10. Michael says:

    Thank you, CK.
    Erunner…my grandma died of dementia.

  11. Erunner says:

    Hits close to home for you as well. It’s not easy to see and I’m sorry for your loss.

  12. UnCCed says:

    My biggest takeaway remains my first impression, which drew me to videos of him, then his books – I was stunned by how balanced he was when speaking of “the ministry.”
    He shared stories of difficulties, but I never perceived from him an anger towards “the sheep.”
    In short, I loved how he modeled the way to be bruised, but continue being modeled into Jesus, as opposed to stacking one’s baggage until one can justify them with man’s commandments.

  13. bob1 says:

    So sorry to hear about Eugene Peterson.

    I interviewed him in the late 80s for a theological magazine. He was both gracious and

  14. Judy says:

    It’s getting to be just about the time to go into our chambers and shut the door like Isaiah 26:20.

  15. Matthew says:

    First I’ve heard about Peterson — saddened but also thankful for a life well-lived, and for his writing that have increased my faith. I especially enjoyed his five-volume series on spiritual theology. I pray for the peace and comfort of him and his family.

  16. Duane Arnold says:


    I thought of making up a checklist for you, but realized that it would contain too many contradictions… Long live the contradictions! ?

  17. Em says:

    Why is autumn the only season with alternate name choices?
    If autumn is fall spring could be up. Summer could be… heat? Winter … ? dunno jingle bells?

    RIP Eugene.

  18. Em says:

    My apologies, skimming here, i thot Pastor Peterson had passed away already… But i do pray that he IS resting wherever he is today…

  19. Dan from Georgia says:


    “Fall” is easy to say, but kinda sounds generic and slightly negative. I like “Autumn” but takes more effort to say for people like me who don’t like to talk much. Autumn just sounds more down-home, comfy, whimsical, etc.

  20. Em says:

    Dan from GA. ?
    But why isnt it spelled autumm? Who says atumun. LOL

  21. Em says:

    AND doesnt it sound more accurate to say that Easter is an “up” holiday?
    Enough and i apologize for rabbit trailing on a serious comment thread – avoiding going out and raking the fallen leaves and pine needles blanketing the yard makes me a bit irreverent …. and irrelevant ?

  22. Jerod says:

    Thanks for not flushing me, Michael.
    See you.

  23. Michael says:


    I don’t like flushing anyone…been flushed more than once myself.

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