Studying 1 Peter 2:11-17: A Peaceable Life in a Hostile World

The way you live your life bears witness to the Gospel. This is true in face-to-face interactions as much as it is true in online interactions. The way you treat others and live your life bears witness to the Gospel. No matter what role you find yourself in there are two things that need toContinue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 2:1-10

1 Peter chapter 2 starts with “therefore”…since you were sanctified by the Spirit (1:2), sprinkled by the blood of Jesus (1:2), directed to be holy (1:16), redeemed by the blood of Jesus (1:18) and purified by obeying the truth (1:22)…put away all things contrary to the nature of what God has both done for youContinue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 1:13-25

It is hard to understand the interplay between our sinfulness and our holiness. God calls us to be holy just as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16, quoting Leviticus) but how does one go about doing that when we recognize that we are all also sinners who have fallen short (Rom 3:23)? The answer toContinue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 1:3-12

In order to understand what Peter writes next you have to put yourself in the shoes of his first audience. In 1 Peter, Peter repeatedly makes reference to suffering (1:6-7, 2:13-14, 2:21-23, 4:15-16, 5:10). If you are a Christian suffering because you are a Christian you are in a difficult position in need of encouragement.Continue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 1:1-2

Peter begins his letter in the typical Greco-Roman fashion. He introduces himself, addresses his letter’s recipients, gives the greeting (grace and peace) and then launches into a blessing. Peter refers to himself by his “Jesus given name” rather than the name his parents gave him, Simon. He then calls himself an apostle. The word literallyContinue Reading

First Peter May Be the Most Relevant New Testament Letter for Today

Being a Christian in the world has always come with its share of identity issues. Who are we, exactly, and why does it even matter? How do we interact with a world that doesn’t think and believe as we do? How are we to live in the midst of a depraved generation? First Peter answersContinue Reading

James D. Dabbs (1936-2017)

It is hard to believe that just a few short days ago we buried our father. Everything went by so quickly and while we expected he didn’t have much time left none of us saw him passing as quickly as he did. He will truly be missed and the impact he has had on ourContinue Reading

Recognizing the Reality of a Blue Christmas

I have known intellectually for a while now that not all Christmases are merry for all people. I have even preached that sermon on an occasion or two – to be sensitive to those who will have a hard time this Christmas. This is the time of year where a Christmas carol will make someContinue Reading

“Preach the Gospel at all Times…”

“Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” – Francis of Assisi In a world where Christians used words more than deeds this was a needed pendulum swing. As the pendulum swings to the other end and Christians rarely use words in public faith proclamation, instead hope that a life well lived willContinue Reading

The Profound Presence of Christ

There are moments in life when Jesus feels extra present. We might consider those “holy moments” and the space those moments occupy “holy ground” or “sacred space.” The reality is Jesus is always with us, it is just more obvious some moments than others. When Jesus was on the earth he was always divine. ThereContinue Reading

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