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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

'The Message' seems clear

(Photo by Dave Bullock)
Ohio bus driver Rickey Waggoner has proven that if you keep the Bible close to your heart, it just might save your life.

Waggoner, who was recently "shot twice in the chest at close range" by teenage gang members, survived because the bullets were absorbed by a Bible he was carrying called The Message.

The Message is a 2002 version of the Bible by Eugene Peterson.  Now 81 years old, Peterson currently lives in Lakeside, Montana.  He told Fox News that "he was thrilled to know his book stopped bullets."

Pastor Peterson had studied the New Testament in ancient Greek, and had sensed that his Bible students weren't getting the full experience of earlier manuscripts.  Wikipedia reports that he therefore attempted to "bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original language."

Here is Peterson's version of The Lord's Prayer:  "With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.  Like this:  Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are.  Set the world right; Do what's best— as above, so below.  Keep us alive with three square meals.  Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.  You're in charge!  You can do anything you want!  You're 
ablaze in beauty!  Yes. Yes. Yes."      


Copyright February 25, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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