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THE BUSINESS OF MAKING SAINTS (p. 20)
Eugene H. Peterson, long-time pastor, author, and now professor of spiritual theology at Regent College, discusses what it truly means to give spiritual care.
Today, people come to pastors for help with addictions, abuse, incest, and other complex problems that didn't seem as common a generation ago. What can a pastor do for someone that a mental health provider cannot?
The previous century suffered just as much; in fact, probably much more. The big difference today is that we have this mentality that if something is wrong, you can fix it. The pastor is in the front line of people who get approached: "Make me happy. Make me feel good."1