Eugene Peterson

Best known for The Message transliteration of the Bible, Eugene Peterson is a “shepherd’s shepherd”—a pastoral writer who aims to keep Christian leaders grounded in robust biblical theology amid the din of shallow preaching aimed at self-improvement and megachurch marketing campaigns to “do more.” The founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, Peterson is “retired” but continues to shepherd through his spiritual theology writing, notably his recent memoir, The Pastor, and over 30 other books.

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Actually, Eugene Peterson Does Not Support Same-Sex Marriage
Actually, Eugene Peterson Does Not Support Same-Sex MarriageSubscriber Access Only
(UPDATED) In retraction, popular author affirms 'a biblical view of everything'—including marriage.
  • Pastors and Their Strangely Attractive Scars
    Pastors and Their Strangely Attractive Scars
    An intimate look at the joys and regrets of those who shepherd God’s flock.
  • Whatever Your Secret Sins, the Psalms Give You Courage to Come Clean
    Whatever Your Secret Sins, the Psalms Will Give You the Courage to Come Clean
    Hiding from God (and neighbor) is dehumanizing, but honest prayer and confession bring healing and freedom.
  • The Incarnation Is the Rule, Not the Exception
    The Incarnation Is the Rule, Not the Exception
    How a theology of the ordinary informs Advent.
  • Eugene Peterson Wanted to Know Your Name
    Eugene Peterson Wanted to Know Your NameSubscriber Access Only
    How, the late pastor asked, can you shepherd a flock you don't know?
  • Jan Peterson: My Life as a Pastor’s Wife
    Jan Peterson: My Life as a Pastor’s Wife
    Eugene and I spent years serving others. Our giving often multiplied itself in unexpected ways.
  • Eugene Peterson Has Completed His Long Obedience
    Eugene Peterson Has Completed His Long Obedience
    Family says Message author joyfully looked toward heaven as he neared death, saying, “Let’s go.”
  • Eugene Peterson Enters Hospice Care
    Eugene Peterson Enters Hospice Care
    Beloved pastor and author nears completion of his long obedience in the same direction.
  • Keeping the Sabbath Saved My Marriage, My Ministry, and Probably My Life
    Keeping the Sabbath Saved My Marriage, My Ministry, and Probably My Life
    I used to think resting from work was selfish, until I considered the example of Jesus.
  • Eugene Peterson Shrugs
    Eugene Peterson ShrugsSubscriber Access Only
    Why theological indifference is worse than progressivism.