Peterson, Eugene H., and Peter Santucci. Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing up in Christ. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Pub., 2010. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 12, “Household and Workplace: Ephesians 5:21-6:9” Loc. 2579-2876.
At Ephesians 5:21 Paul brings the discussion to the home, “where we practice resurrection” (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2580). Peterson affirms that we devalue what is unglamorous, much of which is at home (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2594). At the same time, it is that common life which is abused by “important” people (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2597). This is not as it should be, as Peterson illustrates with a scene of philanthropy afar and neglect at home (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2613). Contrary to this example, Paul draws us to a state of spiritual expectancy in Ephesians 5:1-20, then has husbands and wives love and care for one another (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2649). This is a highly complex situation but one which is fundamental to many other relationships (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2670). Rather than give extended situational guidelines Paul directs the relationships to their master, Jesus. The person and work of Jesus can put all our interactions into their rightful place (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2678). Our maturity itself is relational (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2691). It is these relational elements which hold our world together (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2731). Peterson sees the fellowship of the local church as a training ground where we practice this being together in Christ (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2756). He then ties this idea to the writings of Martin Buber, who “developed a hyphenated vocabulary of three pairs of words: I-It, Them-Us, and I-You” (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2792). These pairs are basic to human relations as well as to grasping the Trinity. The interdependence implicit in relationships keeps us from depersonalizing others. In the family we find out how to work in community with others (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2826).