The Whole Eugene Peterson Dealio.

I don’t want to get into the politics of this, and I’m not a Eugene Peterson fan in the first place, since I think his writing is mucky. But I’m a little dismayed by the way the reformed evangelical world so easily and summarily dismisses a particular personality type, and that’s the type that leans right-brained and mercy-brained, as Peterson does. Is it a coincidence that we keep losing artists? No. We’ve not learned to make creative types part of the conversation.
I think we’d do well to remember that the church in the Old and New Testaments is called apostate for two equal and opposite errors: 1. Leaning away from sound doctrine (2 Timothy 2-3, 1 John 5) AND 2. Neglecting mercy and justice (any of the minor prophets).
When we leave right-brainer compassionate types out of the conversation, we end up in category 2. When right-brainers leave us, they end up in category 1.
We’d both do well to remember God doesn’t elevate one personality type as more spiritual, so if our circles are becoming more homogenous, that’s on US.
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Nicholas McDonald is a blogger, pastor, and author of the book "Faker: How to Be Real When You're Tempted to Fake it." He studied creative writing and communication at Oxford University and Olivet Nazerene University, and received his M.Div from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Lexington, NC, with his wife and two boys, Caleb and Owen.

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