Dan Pelton is a bi-vocational pastor of a Simple Church house church, retired from Research and development, a musician, shepherd/farmer/beekeeper and now a writer.  He has 8 grandkids. His first book is called The  Majestic  Spectrum of God’s Love and is going to be available on Amazon as both a paperback and an ebook.  We caught up with Dan while he was doing some beekeeping:

Why do you write?

Some 50 years ago I discovered sketching and making notes on ideas (then usually about some type of machine) were how one’s ideas were refined or blown up and kept semi-permanent. 30 or so years ago my thinking veered toward living/worldview/theology type ideas and I began a bunch of notebooks full of ideas on how God has worked in my life.  I don’t suppose I could stop writing, but now, I’m making those ideas a little more accessible to others, because I love to talk about ideas.

 

What got you to writing this particular book?

This book is an outgrowth of a recast in my thinking of why I am what I am as  Christian.  For example, in my upbringing, Sabbath and what it means and how it is done tends to be a topic that gets some sometimes hot play in my environment. I began by explaining to myself why I was a Sabbath-keeping Christian and that morphed into another challenge that came to me via a newspaper column I was sent. I took another look at the why of Sabbath keeping  but from another angle, not “It’s the law!” or “It’s part of creation” the response came from a different way of thinking.  Jesus said the entire law and the prophets hung on love. Along with that came, “God is love.” Now I saw the Sabbath as a weekly date with our Beloved – our God. Soon the rest of the all  “doctrine” I had been taught had to be totally recast to this new context.  In physics class as we endeavored to understand how Mr. Einstein came to express some of his theories and discoveries.  I learned that he would thought play with relationships and interactions in various contexts. Thus the “theory of relativity” was just that – how do things relate from various reference points and relationships? He discovered Newtonian physics broke down in some settings. I discovered that the “simple” doctrinal approach, like Newtonian physics, just wasn’t quite right. But casting them in the context of relationships made things fit better. This book is about relationships-with God, with each pother and why they are important to us individually.  We were not meant to be alone.

 

What’s your background?

Technical. Curious. A strange mix of theory and reality. In 40 years of employment there was always trouble shooting, creating, inventing, refining going on. I began my adult employment maintaining and fixing medical lab instrumentation which entailed trouble shooting. Design problems would appear in the field. I had a record of feeding back ideas leading to a solution. The next work assignment was in automated systems for testing computer components. I went from assembly of established components, to building short run machines and prototypes, to solving problems in fielded systems and even implementing new concepts in thermal management. Next was aiding in development of power security systems. It turns out that a mind geared for trouble shooting in such technology has a place in trouble shooting in others fields as well. Early on I earned an Associate degree in Bio-medical Technology. Eventually I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theology.  Of course, along the way, I got married, raised six kids with my wife, built a house, retired, started a mini farm, began rehabbing an old farmhouse to retire in, got alpacas and dogs and chickens and cats…life happens when you aren’t expecting.  If you’re alive, things change.  Change is not a bad thing.

 

What’s coming in the future for your writing?

My retirement continues in renovating some property and small time farming. For years I have been involved in temperature measurement and heat management. We have some maple trees. We like to make maple syrup. I am presently working on a process of heat management in making syrup. This is a more directly inventive endeavor. And I keep bees, fascinating little ladies, organized, everyone knows their job, all work together, going about their business living among flowers all day.  I’ve discovered a lot about animals by being in the caregiver role; it’s funny to look up and reallize you’re being followed by several chickens.  When you stop and look at them, they stop and start scratching and clucking and pretending they aren’t following you around.  I sit in the field to read and the alpaca come up lean over my shoulder and study the book.  Animals are uncanny and delightful.  I’ve begun making the farm less dependent on utilities-for instance, I’ve got a hydraulic ram set up to water plants powered by our stream.  I’m experimenting with solar. Every spring we plant 40 or 50 new trees in the back fields.  We are reducing our carbon footprint where we can.

Of course, perusing curiosities in nature and theology will continue as long as my functional sentience continues. Following “The Majestic Spectrum of God’s Love” I hope to see “The Majestic Spectrum of God’s Love: A Closer Look.” My first book is an introduction to a foundational approach setting out the idea of God’s love being the foundation of existence of and in the Universe. “…A Closer Look” will aim to take some specific ideas, “doctrines,” and frame them in a more relational, love oriented perspective. As able, this work will probably see periodic reworks as feedback indicates clarifications are needed and more topics need to be addressed.

 

Seriously, if anyone who reads my book could drop me a note letting me know what they think, I’d love it.  You can leave a review on Amazon, if you will, and I’m putting contact info in the book for you to give feedback.  I love to hear from folks who like to discuss ideas…