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1 Peter 3:18-22

Lent 1B

It seems as though Peter nearly always returns to the cross. He constantly reminds readers that willingness to suffer for Jesus’ sake is based on the wonder of Christ’s willingness to suffer death on the cross for our sakes. So as the Church enters the season of Lent, it’s important to study I Peter 3….

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1 Peter 3:13-22

Easter 6A

Many of this Sunday’s Epistolary Lesson’s proclaimers and hearers live in among the freest countries in the history of the world.  What’s more, our post post post-modern culture is fascinated with all things spiritual and religious. Yet at least some of us are nervous about giving free and interested people “the reason for the hope…

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Symposium 2020: Suffering for Living the Good

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1 Peter 3:18-22

Lent 1B

This is a perfectly good passage selection for the Lectionary but it does carve this a bit out of context.  If you look closely and glance just above where verse 18 starts, then you will see that the main thrust of this part of 1 Peter—like a good bit of the letter—ties in with our…

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1 Peter 3:13-22

Easter 6A

Back in the 19th century the Know-Nothing political party came into existence at least partly to demand that the government curb what many American Protestants perceived at the time to be an alarming increase in Roman Catholic immigration to this country. And fifty-seven years ago Senator John F. Kennedy had to appear before a convention…

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1 Peter 3:1-12

When we pick up the text at 1 Peter 3:1, it’s pretty clear that Peter is right in the middle of saying something quite long and profound.  He is calling the believers in Asia Minor – many of whom were new converts – to good lives – to lives that are so good that they…

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1 Peter 3:18-22

Lent 1B

Comments, Observations, and Questions As I move through the lectionary year again and again, I often think that someone needs to revise the Revised Common Lectionary because it can be so repetitive.  Take this text as case in point.  Just 10 months ago, this was the text for the Fifth Sunday of the Easter season. …

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