Slaves and Wives

Mary Schertz points out in an article in Word & World that 1 Peter is structured around a central chiasm in 2:11-3:12. At the center is a hymn, celebrating the cross of Jesus, but on either side are words to slaves and wives. Schertz points out that “these slaves and wives were given the highest…

1 Peter 1:3-12

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, we thank you for your Word, for our Lord Jesus, and for the promise of the Spirit to empower these words. Speak to us now, challenge us, change us, grow us up, and comfort us that we might be your people. Through Christ our Lord, Amen. IntroductionWe noted last week that…

Atheist Delusions

Just finished (finally) Atheist Delusions by David Bentley Hart. Just two thoughts: The first hundred pages or so of this book are just grand. Hart’s bombastic and over-the-top rhetoric is in some of his other work pretty obtuse, perhaps unintentionally, and in other books one wonders how much intellectual flexing is going on. And perhaps…

Fathering the World

In the first lesson this morning for morning prayer, we read about the famous episode in Elisha’s ministry where he single-handedly disarmed the Syrian/Aramean Army (1 Kgs 6). In fact, he stands as a “father” over the battling kings. He intervenes to protect one king from slaughter; then he intervenes and protects the other king’s…

1 Peter 1:1-2

Opening Prayer: Gracious Lord, guard our hearts and minds with your peace by your Holy Spirit that we might walk in your mercy all the days of our life. Through Christ our Lord, Amen. IntroductionToday we begin working through 1 Peter. Consider this series as a “you are here” map, specifically concerned with reviewing what…

1 Peter 1:3

1 Peter 1:3 says: Blessed be the God and Father >Of our Lord Jesus Christ>>Who according to His abundant mercy>>>Has begotten us again>>To a living hope>Through the resurrection of Jesus ChristFrom the dead. This structure highlights the great reversal that God the Father has accomplished “from the dead.” It also centers the point of our…

Triune Blessing

John Elliott points out that the blessing in 1 Pet. 1:3-12 is tripartite and corresponds fairly closely to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: a. “Blessed be the God and Father our Lord Jesus Christ…” (1:3-5) b. “that the genuineness of your faith… may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of…

Calvin and Music

James Jordan’s recent lecture on Calvin and Music is now available on the New St. Andrews College website, as well as a round table discussion with Peter Leithart and Douglas Wilson.

The Patience of God

One of the things that this table reminds us of every week is the patience and mercy of God. We stumble and fall, we forget, we are unkind, we are liars and cheaters, and yet God sets this feast for us week after week. And He commands us to come and eat. Come here and…

Speaking Up

When is it right to speak up and tell someone they are wrong? When is it right to speak, knowing that you may even cause offense? Great wisdom is needed here, but two principles to start: First, clearly if God has spoken, we must also. Grace and love should come before and after, but refusing…