As Kingfishers Catch Fire
A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God
By Eugene Peterson
A selection of sermons from bestselling author of THE MESSAGE, Eugene Peterson.
'Sixty years ago I found myself distracted.' So begins the introduction to As Kingfishers Catch Fire. What follows is the record of the collaboration of pastor and congregation in acts of worship and a life together. What Eugene Peterson, for thirty years pastor of a Maryland church, discovered is that the pastor's life is much more than just the preaching. It is also made up of attending to the details in all the circumstances and relationships specific to a people and a place - prayers at a hospital bed, conversations with the elderly, small talk on a street corner.
This collection of spiritual writings presents Peterson's distinctive approach designed to communicate to his congregation, and the reader, 'the full counsel of God.' Seven sections containing seven teachings, each expertly crafted to stir the biblical imagination. In these teachings, Peterson walks the reader through Scripture to bring fresh insight to familiar names such as Moses, David, Isaiah, Solomon, Peter, Paul, and John of Patmos.
Eugene H. Peterson, translator of The Message, a bestselling translation of the Bible, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, British Columbia, and the author of over thirty books. He earned his BA in philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, his STB from New York Theological Seminary and his MA in Semitic languages from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds several honorary doctoral degrees. In 1962, Peterson was a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. He and his wife live in Montana.
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18 May 2017
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Hodder & Stoughton
He gives us an A to Z of Christian spirituality in chapters that are carefully crafted and imaginatively written. — Church of England Newspaper
He brings preaching and pastoral care together in a book which is a rich gift to preachers and carers... We get involved with these examples because of their relevance and winsome style... This very readable book makes the reader aware of how a lively conversation has taken place between the preacher, the biblical text and God. — Methodist Recorder
The faith unpacked throughout is gentle and earthy, with the same poetic lyricism as characterises Peterson's books, shot through with flashes of insight... This is a lovely selection from the back catalogue of one of the leading spiritual voices of our day, rich in poetry and wisdom, and close to the very bones of what it means to be human. — Church Times