Eugene Peterson and a review of “A Burning in My Bones”

My Reading of Eugene Peterson As a seminary student, I first introduced to the writings of Eugene Peterson. I don’t remember the class, but I had to read Working the Angles. Later, a girlfriend during my senior year gave me a copy of Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work. Shortly after graduating, I read The Long Obedience, which focuses on the … Read more Eugene Peterson and a review of “A Burning in My Bones”


The Lord’s Prayer, Part 1

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesOctober 16, 2022“Lord, teach us to pray: The Lord’s Prayer, Part 1”Luke 11:1-4 Thoughts at the beginning of worship It’s good to be back with you this morning. While gone I did a lot of reading including Winn Collier’s biography of Eugene Peterson. Starting back in seminary, I began reading Peterson’s … Read more The Lord’s Prayer, Part 1


Catching up on my reading

I am trying to catch up on reading reviews. Below are four reviews that contain fiction, poetry, philosophy, and history. I will start with the lighter books and move on to the more heavy ones. There’s something here for everyone! Aaron McAlexander, This Old Store  (Stonebridge Press, 2014), 95 pages including photos and maps.  There really … Read more Catching up on my reading


Dave, Blue Hole Canoes, Bill, Bob, and a book review 

Dave and my introduction to Blue Hole Canoes In the winter of 1976, I was a freshman at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. One night, I attended the local Sierra Club meeting. The hot topic at the time was the protection of the New River, a river I’d paddled and felt I should become … Read more Dave, Blue Hole Canoes, Bill, Bob, and a book review 


Called to Service, Not to Privilege

Jeff GarrisonMayberry and Bluemont ChurchesSeptember 4, 2022Luke 9:46-50 At the beginning of worship: Supposedly, the great 19th Century “Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon, was met at the doors of London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle one Sunday by an older woman. Greeting the preacher, she bragged that she had been very careful all week and hadn’t sinned at all. … Read more Called to Service, Not to Privilege