Unbridled Optimism, with Peb Jackson

Podcast Episode 082

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Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.
– Ad placed by Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1915

He would never tell you that he was the one who connected Eugene Peterson, author of The Message paraphrase of the Bible, with U2’s Bono and helped cultivate their enduring friendship.

It’s reasonable to say that he has fostered more connections between leaders of leaders across the global Christian community than any other man in modern history.

Peb Jackson is a living legend.

Incurably positive, uncommonly attracted to risk, the core of Peb’s heart is wild and unfettered. His life inspires my curiosity: how does a man recover and fuel this quality of consecrated masculine strength over such a length of time?  

Peb is slow to share about his extraordinary life because he is a man who listens far more than he talks. Through the practice of cultivating questions, he has recovered a disproportionate share of the map that leads to life for the masculine soul. And he shares this map with others with magnificent generosity.  

Yet Peb’s most distinguishable and attractive quality is his practice of spending extended time with God his Father. With nothing else. No book, no phone, no people. Just God himself.

His life embodies these words of A. W. Tozer: “The man who would know God must give time to him. He must count no time wasted which is spent in the cultivation of his acquaintance. He must give himself to meditation and prayer hours on end.”

This is Peb Jackson.

Friends, slow down and receive with me the treasure of an intimate conversation with a man who has consented to becoming a king to whom God has entrusted much of his Kingdom.

For the Kingdom,

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