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 11, “Love and Worship: Ephesians 5:1-20” Loc. 2317-2578.
By Ephesians 5 Peterson says we are moving “into a deep Trinitarian rhythm in our lives “ (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2319). This is our way of practicing a life of resurrection. Peterson sees this as participation, not application. “‘Application’ seems to suggest that once we know who God is and what he does, it is up to us to take charge and get it put into action” (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2322). On the contrary, this is something God does in us according to his agenda, using the gifts of His Spirit. Peterson states that the “therefore” of 5:1 and 5:7 are cautionary signs reminding us of our need for vigilance. Our right course is to be immersed in God’s ways (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2339). This is a lifestyle which our world will consider irrelevant (Peterson 2010, oc. 2352). It is therefore challenging. The power that changes the world is then shifted from a military or persuasive force to love (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2386). If this is the genuine love of Christ it is world-changing. If it is our cheap imitation it is not. Peterson describes the futility of our world’s view of love at some length. In the end, love must be seen in relation to God if it is to be understood at all (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2454). The context of all, as we would expect, is in the worship life of the church (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2479). Peterson ties this directly to Ephesians 5:14. It is in the church that we see Christ (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2493). Peterson then observes that the church does its business of love and worship badly. He concludes that we are practicing and still need more practice (Loc. 2525).