Eugene Peterson Has Died at age 85

Pastor, Scholar, poet, author of The Message Bible and over 30 books Eugene Peterson has passed away at age 85.

His family released the following statement:

‘During the previous days, it was apparent that he was navigating the thin and sacred space between earth and heaven. We overheard him speaking to people we can only presume were welcoming him into paradise. There may have even been a time or two when he accessed his Pentecostal roots and spoke in tongues as well.

Among his final words were, “Let’s go.” And his joy: my, oh my; the man remained joyful right up to his blessed end, smiling frequently. In such moments it’s best for all mortal flesh to keep silence. But if you have to say something say this: “Holy, Holy, Holy.”

It feels fitting that his death came on a Monday, the day of the week he always honored as a Sabbath during his years as a pastor. After a lifetime of faithful service to the church—running the race with gusto—it is reassuring to know that Eugene has now entered into the fullness of the Kingdom of God and has been embraced by eternal Sabbath.’

He was aged 85.

One thought on “Eugene Peterson Has Died at age 85

  1. I have taken such immeasurable pleasure from God’s Word as transcribed and written by Eugene Peterson in “The Message.” It makes me laugh so and gives me such joy – my favourite Bible. Holy Holy Holy.

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