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1 Peter 2:2-10

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We can almost see them – an ordinary group of early Christians, somewhere in the early Mediterranean world.  They’re likely worshipping in someone’s house.  Their teacher reads to them this morning’s text, taken from what we call Peter’s first letter. These newly baptized believers’ teacher begins by telling them that they resemble what verse 2…

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1 Peter 2:19-25

Easter 4A

Many members of the American civil rights movement embraced Peter’s commendation of Christians who put up with unjust suffering’s pain.  In fact, that movement produced a treasure trove of photos of people bearing up under such misery.  One could fill books with pictures of people kneeling in non-violent resistance to beatings and submitting to attacks…

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Symposium 2020: Living as Chosen People

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1 Peter 2:2-10

Easter 5A

Whatever you may think about the musical group The Beatles, it is generally acknowledged that few bands have ever paid as much attention to the lonely, invisible people of society as did The Beatles.  Two of their songs carry a particular poignancy in this regard. One haunting tune is titled “Nowhere Man.”  The song talks…

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1 Peter 2:19-25

Easter 4A

If even once you have seen the photo, you know you’ll never forget it. Not so long ago in this country, it was both legal and commonplace to post signs in public places designed to cordon off some people from others. And so a drinking fountain in a hallway might be labeled “Whites Only.” A…

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