Out of Context: Eugene Peterson
Theology in community.

From "Having Ears, Do You Not Hear?" in the current issue ofLeadership.

"As a pastor, I'm not a theology policeman...But if we are part of a community where the Scriptures are honored, I don't think we have to worry too much. The Spirit works through community. Somebody will have a stupid, screwy idea. That's okay. The point of having creeds and confessions and traditions is to keep us in touch with the obvious errors."

To read the rest, pick up the Winter '09 issue of Leadership journal.

January 28, 2009

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November 15, 2010  4:11pm

There is so much wealth in the creeds and confessions. I think that often times, the problem is that most Christians don't even know the creeds and confessions anymore. Many of them are not taught about why they exist and so many of them do not know how to defend their faith when those ancient heresies rear their ugly little heads. They certainly are a wonderful gift from the early church.

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Todd Burus

January 30, 2009  11:10pm

Interesting thought from the man who says that The Shack "has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress' did for his. It's that good!" I guess he doesn't see modalism and denying authority within the Trinity as "stupid, screwy idea[s]" and "obvious errors" that have been corrected out by our "creeds and confessions and traditions."

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matt stephens

January 29, 2009  9:40pm

Have you (Out of Ur writers, Eugene) read Gerald Hiestand's recent article in the Westminster Theological Journal on this subject? He's started an initiative called the Society for the Advancement of Ecclesiastical Theology (www.saet-online.org). Check it out if Peterson's article sparks your interest.

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January 28, 2009  6:40pm

Great point Steve...you'd be referring to most contemporary evangelical churches.

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Steve Long

January 28, 2009  4:12pm

What if the community doesn't pay attention to creeds and confessions and traditions?

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