Month: November 2012

2 Peter 3

1.  Peter understands the importance of reminding people. As we said last week, most people don’t need instructing as much as they need reminding. This is the basis of natural law. We assume people are born with a basic sense of right and wrong. Paul even talks in Romans about the Gentiles who do not have the Jewish Law but they do “by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselv ...[Read More]

Guilt-Free Gratitude

Almost every time we come back from a trip to Africa at least one person talks about selling all they have and giving it to the poor. It weighs on them when they compare what they have to what they have seen in the slums of Nairobi and South Africa. They cannot get comfortable with the gap between the rich and the poor. Africa – like the Law for Paul – generates disabling guilt. My daughter, Haley ...[Read More]

2 Peter 2:1-22

1. The way you teach people to recognize a counterfeit bill is to train them in the characteristics of real currency – not to show them counterfeits. There are too many different ways to make counterfeits. In the same way this morning, I would rather focus on what is true instead of what is false for a couple of reasons. First, what is false is constantly changing. Granted, there are some consiste ...[Read More]

2 Peter 1:5-21

1. The tension between participating in the divine nature and living in the corruption caused by evil desires. Desire is a never ending battle, isn’t it? Today is Veterans Day but it was originally called “Armistice Day” to celebrate the end of World War I – “the war to end all wars.” There will never be an Armistice Day in our struggle with desire. We will win some battles but the war will last o ...[Read More]

1 Peter 5:1-14

1. There is some literature we assign to younger people that is good for them to read but impossible for them to understand. I think many of Shakespeare’s plays fit this category as well as the book of Ecclesiastes. I might even put Peter’s letters in that category. His letters to the young church are written from the perspective of an older and wiser man who has experienced a great deal of suffer ...[Read More]