The Shopkeeper Pastor

22 Jun


Au soleil dÕor - place de lÕEcoles (7e arr) Au soleil dÕor – place de lÕEcoles (7e arr)

Eugene Peterson makes an interesting observation in his introduction to “Working the Angels.” “The pastors of America have metamorphosed into a company of shopkeepers, and the shops they keep are churches. They are preoccupied with shopkeeper’s concerns-how to keep the customers happy, how to lure customers away from competitors down the street, how to package the goods so that the customers will lay out more money.”

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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “The Shopkeeper Pastor

  1. Sean

    June 22, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I find it slightly curious that someone like Peterson equates planting a church to a business while gutting and paraphrasing the Bible past the point of no return with The Message.

  2. feeriker

    June 22, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Awww, am I ever disappointed. Based on the photo and title you posted, I thought your post was going to be about a turn-of-the 20th-century Parisian liquor merchant who doubled as a preacher, using his shop as a church (nothing would surprise me, especially coming out of France).

    But seriously, yeah. The linked article also got me to thinking: how many newly “planted” churches, especially in major metropolitan areas like the one described in the article, are really “called by God,” as opposed to being just somebody’s attenpt to set up their own ecclesiastical empire (especially when existing churches struggle to stay together in any meaningful way)? The description given in the article of “church planting” came across to me like a description of a churchian incorporation guide for execurive managers.

    True churches are planted by power conveyed through the Holy Spirit and with the fruits of the Spirit, not by using tools borrowed from Fortune 500 management consultants. That, sez me, is a big part of the problem.

  3. Will S.

    June 23, 2015 at 1:37 am

    @ Sean: Well, even stopped clocks are sometimes right. 😉

    @ feeriker: 🙂

    Hear, hear!


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