The Passion and the People: Peter

Peter and Malchus

John 18:4-11: Not by Sword but Cross Perhaps, you faced some inconvenience to be here today.  Did you miss a TV show or needed to change a mealtime?  The food may still be waiting for you when you step back into your home.  Perhaps, you scurried to finish some task to arrive here on time. […]

Confession of St. Peter: Petros or Petra?

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Texts: Mathew 16:13-20, Mark 8:27-38, Acts 4:8-13, and 2 Peter 1:1-15   Each Christian congregation is to be a living embodiment, in a particular place and time, of the Church of Jesus Christ. And that just makes sense. After all, don’t Christians believe that the Jesus in heaven is the same Jesus who rose from […]

Acts, Lesson 11: Peter and Cornelius

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Peter had raised Tabitha from the dead and stayed near where Tabitha lived. While in Joppa, Peter stayed with a tanner. It’s now that we hear the Church spreading to full-blown Gentiles (as opposed to Samaritans, which were a Semitic people with some Jewish ancestry).  In this chapter of Acts, we see a new period […]

Acts, Lesson 10: Paul and Peter

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Last week, Luke told us of Saul’s conversion to “the Way,” that He had become a follower of Christ. Even more, Jesus had called him to be His Apostle to the “Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel.” We now find out what happened after Saul was baptized.   The Story of Saul Continues Read Acts […]

St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles

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What a daring deed it is to call someone a saint. Saint comes from the Latin word for holy. So, let us speak in clear English today. Today, we celebrate the Feast of Holy Peter and Holy Paul. How can we say that? Only God is Holy. That’s what we sing every week in the […]

The Wound of Denial: Matthew 26:69-75

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Peter loved his Lord.  Peter boldly declared to Jesus, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).  This was the Peter who, after Jesus said, “One of you will betray me,” responded with, “Surely, not I Lord!”  This was the Peter who later said, “Even if all fall away because of […]