"As Kingfishers Catch Fire" by Eugene H. Peterson


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Title: As Kingfishers Catch Fire
Author: Eugene H. Peterson
Start Date: 8/1/18
End Date: 12/8/18
# of Pages: 372
Edition: WaterBrook hardcover (2017)
ISBN: 9781601429674
Purchase: Amazon

Quick Take: transcendent

Why I Chose It: I’ve loved and benefitted from everything I have read by Eugene Peterson. Sadly / joyfully he passed away this year. I am very grateful for this collection of his reflections on life on earth.

Quotes: (1) "...we, as Christians, live lives of congruence. Put another way, that the inside matches the outside. Or as we used to hear, that we indeed practice what we preach…[Jesus’] words were one with his life - not just what he knew and what he had done, but who he was.” (2) “The core message of the gospel is that God invades us with new life.” (3) “Love is the most context-specific act in the entire spectrum of human behavior. There is no other single human act more dependent on and immersed in immediate context. A dictionary is worthless in understanding and practicing love…Instead of explanations or definitions or generalizations, John settles for a name and the story that goes with it: Jesus. ‘We know love by this, that he [Jesus] laid down his life for us…’” (4) “We’re made by and for the voice of God.” (5) “Prayer is speech at its most alive. The breath that is breathed into us by God we breath back to God.” (6) “Prayer is not a way in which we order things; it is a way in which we become ordered. The primary action in prayer comes from God, and more often than not He does not act in ways we can duplicate or even recognize at the time.” (7) “Beauty is the term we apply to these hints of transcendence, these perceptions that there is more going on here than we can account for.” (8) “Every time God speaks, there is more life.” (9) “The lived Christian life always occurs in a place. It is never an abstraction, never a generality, never a technique.” (10) “In the presence of the God of Jacob, there is life that is beyond prediction.” (11) “Consciousness of sin, of inadequacy, of unworthiness is a regular part of worship…consciousness of sin is a regular part of worship; despair isn’t.” (12) “The opposite of seek is dawdle. To live aimlessly and listlessly. We either dawdle, or we live furiously, redoubling our energy when we lose our direction.” (13) “Any human experience or thought can be prayed.” (14) “From the very beginning [The Lady Wisdom] has been in on all that God has done in creation and redemption. She is at God’s side, and now she is at our side, the One who knows where to put each piece of obedience, where to fit each insight so we can find our way into a complete, beautiful, coherent life, not just live with a pile of disconnected days and years.” (15) “The foundational human appetite is for God…Joys are given by God; they can only be received by us. We can neither create nor earn them, neither hoard nor accumulate them…joys cannot be bought, only received.” (16) “…Christ speaks in stories as a way of preparing his followers to stake their lives on a story, because existence is not a puzzle to be solved, but a narrative to be inherited and undergone and transformed person by person.” (17) “We are a here-and-now people. The present is always the point at which eternity enters our lives.” (18) “And that means that neither I nor you are in charge, and God is. That means that you aren’t coming to God; God is coming to you. That means you are not needed anymore to take care of the dead Jesus; the alive Jesus is commanding a new life in you.” (18) “So birth. Then growth. The most significant growing up any person does is to grow as a Christian. All other growing up is preparation for or ancillary to this growing up. Biological, social, mental, and emotional growing are all ultimately absorbed into growing up in Christ.” (19) “Paul’s restraint is rare. When I know what is good for someone, I want to make the person do it. After all, it is for his or her own good. I want to develop a strategy that ensures it will take place. But that is always a mistake. Paul’s way is the only way, ‘that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own free will.’” (20) “I can’t remember a farmer who was ever in a hurry. Farmers characteristically work hard, but there is too much work to do to be in a hurry. On a farm everything is connected to something else. If you get in a hurry, break the rhythms of the land and seasons and weather, things fall apart. You get in the way of something set in motion last week or moth. A farm is not neat. There is too much going on that is out of your control. Farms help us learn patience and attentiveness.” (21) “Peter, for as long as he lived, never forgot the link between that night of denials and this morning of grace.”

Other Notes: Read this book.

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