I probably return to Eugene Peterson's The Jesus Way more than any other book in my library. Today, I'm back to it again and reminded of how this book forms the biblical imagination. 1/
The world of Jesus is not Herod's world of "size and numbers, huge and beautiful buildings, famous gods and Roman celebrities and lavish spectacles, noise and violence and crowds."
The world of Jesus is "a far more modest and quieter world of personal names, personal encounters, personal conversations, personal meetings, and a personal God." 3/
"When Jesus says, 'Follow me,' and we follow, he rescues us from the ways that Herod used to depersonalize people so that he could use them to serve his ambition, reduce them to mere functions." 4/
"The practice of prayer is the primary way that Jesus' way comes to permeate our entire lives so that we walk spontaneously and speak rhythmically in the fluidity and fluency of holiness." 5/
"Are our prayers a means for putting us in charge of kingdom affairs? . . . 'O God, make me like Herod and I'll do great things for you!'?"

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