Eugene Peterson is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from New York Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins and holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Seattle Pacific University. In 1962 he founded Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years. Peterson is a prolific author who is probably best known for The Message, his translation of the Bible.
Summary of Contents
Peterson organizes his text into three major sections. Under the heading “Redefinitions,” he provides four chapters in which he outlines his understanding of the character attributes of the pastor. Peterson argues that the noun “pastor” has become unintelligible to a modern audience and supplies a chapter on each of his three modifying adjectives (unbusy, subversive, apocalyptic). The middle section, “Between Sundays,” is an eight chapter discussion of the pastor's work throughout the week and how crucial it is for pastors to intimately know the congregations they serve. This section concludes with an account of Peterson’s sabbatical year in Montana. The third section, “The Word Made Fresh,” is a collection of fourteen poems Peterson composed on the topic of the Incarnation.