Monthly Archives: October 2016

A note on repentance

What does Jesus’ fundamental message of repentance mean for us? Continue reading

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Born of imperishable seed

Peter tells his audience: You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God (1 Pet 1:23).  What is this “seed” by which a person is born again? It seems … Continue reading

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Love one another intensely

Peter describes the process of conversion of his audience like this:  Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a pure heart (1 Pet 1:22).  There are a few … Continue reading

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Known before the foundation of the world: the absolute primacy of Christ

Would the Son have incarnated even if humankind had never sinned? Continue reading

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Spiritual life as a struggle

Peter exhorts his audience:  Now if you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one’s works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, not with … Continue reading

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God as Father and Judge

Peter says something interesting: Now if you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one’s works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning (1 Pet 1:17).  What is fascinating to me about this verse … Continue reading

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The power of being a friend

Kindness has a power for salvation in God’s providence. The most famous converted sinner (after perhaps the Apostle Paul) understood this from his own experience. Read Augustine on Ambrose of Milan: I began to like him, at first indeed not … Continue reading

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