Eugene Peterson on Conversation with “Samaritans”

Some of us try to confine our Christian identity to what takes place on Sundays. In order to preserve it from contamination from “the world,” we avoid as much as we can conversation beyond polite small talk with the Samaritans. Others of us memorize phrases from Sunday sermons and teaching and then try to insert them into pauses in the conversations or circumstances over the next six days. But it doesn’t take us long to realize that these tactics are unsatisfactory. Or if we don’t realize it, the Samaritans surely do. (pg. 18)


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