EUGENE PETERSON: The Poet Pastor
AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE: A CONVERSATION ON THE WAYS OF GOD
EUGENE PETERSON’S LAST WORK
AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE
This compilation comprises the twenty-nine years (1962-1991) when Eugene Peterson led Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Harford County, MD. While a good part of the experience is lost when sermons are compiled into a book – the pastor’s voice, the worship, the silent prayer, even the architecture of the sanctuary – the most important part is retained: the message that compels and changes hearts.
AFTER NEARLY THREE decades pastoring a local congregation, Peterson pretends to make known to us what his sermons at his church in Bel Air were like in this last work of his, preserving the original message to the best of his ability. There is a noteworthy intention from Peterson in maintaining that idea that we live congruent lives, where the inside is as the outside, where we practice that which we preach.