Like Rip van Winkle waking after his nap of many years, we sometimes look about us and think the world has changed while we were unaware. Those who study such things assure us that it has -- that the "modern" era has given way to the "postmodern" and that the very way people think and process information is now different. How do we communicate the gospel to the new generation? Fred Peatross spends many waking hours delving into that question -- and he shares his reflections in GraceAwakening. I don't always understand Fred -- sometimes he frustrates me by asking questions without giving answers -- but I always appreciate his musings. I think you will, also, and I encourage you to give him a try!
EDWARD FUDGE, gracEmail
Our marvelous observation satellites can see a broad scope of the earth, yet they can focus on a single auto on a road. They can see where the traveler has been, where he is, what is on either side, and what is before him.
Fred's insights are like that. Whether focused on us as individuals, as a society, or as God's congregation, Fred gives wise counsel as to how to grow beyond the past, to take advantage of present circumstances, and to reach for better things ahead. This calls for constant change and growth, the uncertainties of which seem fearful to those who trust only in the familiar. But Fred sees constant adjustment as an exciting way of life if it is based upon trust in God, his direction, and his power within us.
Sometimes when we awaken in the wee hours of the morning, our thoughts seem clearer than ever before. Fred seems to have that "night vision." When I see his by-line on an essay, I know a spiritual treat is before me.
Cecil Hook, Freedom's Ring