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2 Peter 3:8-15a

Advent 2B

We usually think of a “last will and testament” as a dry legal document by which a now-dead person divvies up his or her possessions. Yet we periodically see or hear about a last will and testament that’s really a kind of testament that communicates the deceased person’s final thoughts. Sometimes its words scold family…

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2 Peter 1:16-21

Last Epiphany A

To paraphrase an old cliché, for the RCL’s preachers and teachers, “It’s a good thing Transfiguration Sunday comes but once a year.”  After all, it can be challenging enough to proclaim the gospels’ accounts of Jesus’ transfiguration.  The challenge may become even greater for those who choose to proclaim the Epistolary Lesson the RCL appoints…

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2 Peter 3:8-15a

Advent 2B

“Like re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.”  So some Christians have characterized ecological stewardship efforts within the church.  And it is not difficult to discern why parts of this passage in 2 Peter 3 have been used to prop up the idea that Christians who work to save the environment are battling a lost…

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2 Peter 1:16-21

Last Epiphany A

It’s wonderful when you can see that a very important lesson finally took hold and sunk in for someone.  If you are a teacher, then seeing a student avoid making the same mistakes all over again as a result of your instruction is so very rewarding.   Some days those of us who teach wonder if…

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2 Peter 2

Comments and Observations: There seems to be to basic questions underlying 2 Peter 2: (1) Will there be judgment? and (2) Who are you following? Building upon where true prophecy comes from in chapter 1, Peter wants to make sure that everyone listening recognizes that not all who claim to teach are from God. Just…

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Living in Expectation

from 2006

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2 Peter 3:8-15a

Advent 2B

Comments, Observations, and Questions Our text for the second Sunday of Advent is a vivid reminder that Advent is not only about the coming of the “tender and mild” baby Jesus at Christmas, but also about the Coming of God in the terrifying Day of the Lord.  Frankly, no one really wants to think about…

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