Activate the Mind, Stoke the Fires of Hope (1 Peter 1:13-16)

Hope is a rare commodity these days. The fashions of the day are cynicism, anxiety and self-indulgence. With violence and discord stealing the headlines daily, we tend toward one of three different coping mechanisms (or a combination of the three): Our minds grow cynical in the midst of confusion and ideological impasses in the public discourse. … Continue reading Activate the Mind, Stoke the Fires of Hope (1 Peter 1:13-16)

God’s Chosen ‘Elect’? (1 Peter 1:1-2)

You can't even get through one verse in 1 Peter before coming across an enormously controversial theological issue: divine election and foreknowledge. "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect...who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father..." I didn't even try to wade into these choppy waters in my sermon this past … Continue reading God’s Chosen ‘Elect’? (1 Peter 1:1-2)