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(Photo: Creative Commons)Pastor and author, Eugene Peterson, 85.
Eugene Peterson, the man who penned The Message Bible, has died at the age of 85.
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"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," Peterson's family said in a statement to NavPress, which published The Message.
"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."
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Peterson was the author of 35 books.
His latest, Every Step an Arrival: A 90-Day Devotional for Exploring God's Word, was released earlier this month.
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Peterson's most famous work, however, is without a doubt The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, in which he paraphrased the Scriptures into modern parlance with the goal of giving those distant from the Bible a more accessible take.
He retired from pastoring in 1991 and became a professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He retired from there in 2006.
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Peterson's last years were spent studying and writing at his home in Montana, where he and his wife, Jan, lived in a home Peterson's father built.
"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," his family added.
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"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.'"
Earlier this month, his son, Eric, revealed that Peterson was hospitalized due to heart failure and dementia and was in his last months of life.
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Measuring his life out one teaspoon at a time.