Eugene Peterson, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction”
Discipleship in an Instant Society
As a society, we are obsessed with the immediate. Instant Messaging, 24/7 News, Social Media and high speed communication on multiple platforms have intensified our quest for the quick fix. But Peterson’s time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same–a long obedience in the same direction. Tucked away in the Hebrew Psalter, Peterson discovered “an old dog-eared songbook,” the Songs of Ascents that were sung by pilgrims on their way up to worship in Jerusalem. In these songs (Psalms 120-134) Peterson finds encouragement for modern pilgrims as we learn to grow in worship, service, joy, work, happiness, humility, community and blessing. Peterson also also includes an epilogue in which he reflects on the themes of this book and his ministry during the twenty years since its original publication.