When Eugene Peterson's translation of scripture came out, folks were (and are) so dismissive... it's not a real translation. He changes the meaning. Yadda yadda.
First, every translation is not real or lasting... Language changes --English changes... so meaning changes (for example, think of "suffer the little children..."). What Peterson did was to see the idiom in the original languages, and translated idiom for idiom instead of word for word. He went after meaning, not literalism.
Today, I found this:
Each part is good. At about minute 17, it really resonated. With me.
Yeah. The trouble with all of us is that we have trouble telling ourselves the honest truth --we have trouble getting into the guts of stuff... and while Bono and Peterson don't link the two, the dishonesty may indeed be linked to the violence of the human condition.
To be honest... is to tread close to insult (or so it may appear/feel), but honesty should not demean.
To express rage (disappointment, hurt, anger, love, desire) in our hearts before God is not a sin... to direct rage at another, seemingly deserving or not, is sin.
--and I can't finish this... not this morning... I will bury an elder this morning... and then hightail it east to begin the funeral services of another.
No rest for the wicked.
At prayer this morning (from 2 Thessalonians 2)
The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.
But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.
Oh --yes. And this (Matthew 7:1-12)
Jesus said, “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.
“Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.
“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”
Off I go.