I learned forgiveness, restoration, reconciliation in the midst of life’s agonies. In the trenches of life scarred by sin—including my own—I learned about pastoral theology and life. Eugene Peterson’s book (Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work) has been part of that journey as well. He points us to God’s Word to be used in ways that may be unique for our era, but they have been proven in ancient ways for providing care for God’s people.
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