As Kingfishers Catch Fire by Eugene Peterson is a collection of 49 sermons given by Peterson from his time as a pastor to a small congregation in Harford County Maryland between 1962-1991. There are seven parts to this book, each part is devoted to a distinctive approach that needs to be included in the whole counsel of God from Moses, David, Isaiah, Soloman, Peter, Paul and John of Patmos.
This thoughtful grouping of sermons is prefaced with a brief introduction and before each sermon are the verses for that text. I found reading these prior to reading of the sermons was monumental, especially in the Message. I enjoyed the sermons and read them a few different ways. I read through an entire group in order for one set, then picking and choosing sermons based on the verses and/or title. I admit to feeling like I got more out of these when read in order, that maybe me. But I appreciated the introduction to the section and a perspective to carry in mind while reading these texts individually and as a whole. I think my husband looks forward to enjoying this one in pieces as well. It’s nice to pick up, read a sermon or two and sit in them.
I found myself consumed with a few of these sermons. They were filled with such deep authentic richness that I really can’t put it into words. One of my favorites from this book is on Leviticus 19 “Love your neighbor as yourself”, I’d quote the whole thing here as I think it’s something every person needs to read. But I don’t think the publishers would appreciate that. So, I encourage you to pick up a copy simply for that sermon, I’m positive you’ll find others in this book that speak to you as well.
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