Eugene Peterson on Story

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Eugene Peterson, on the narrative literary style of the Gospel of Mark –

“It is significant, I think, that in the presence of story, whether we are telling it or listening to it, we never have the feeling of being experts– there is too much we don’t yet know, too many possibilities available, too much mystery and glory. Even the most sophisticated of stories tends to bring out the childlike in us- expectant, wondering, responsive, delighted- which, of course, is why story is the child’s favorite form of speech, and why it is the Holy Spirit’s dominant form of revelation, and why adults, who like to pose as experts and managers of life, so often prefer explanation and information.”

(lecture given at the North American Professors of Christian Education Conference, Seattle Pacific University, October 20, 2011)

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