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Husbands and Prayer

Posted May 22, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

In marriage, the role of the husband is different from that of the wife, but the perspective and attitude are the same. Peter’s use of “likewise” or “in the same way” is common to both his instructions to the wife and to the husband and is probably referring to 2:13 where believers are exhorted to place their explicit trust in God by properly submitting to his delegated authority structures.... Keep Reading

Beautiful Wives

Posted May 9, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

Since the new order has been launched in the resurrection of Jesus, every aspect of life is affected, including marriage. As all married people know, marriage can turn out to be not only different than expected, but difficult to navigate. For marriage to be anything like what God intended in the beginning, we need a new perspective. Peter is describing that new perspective in this whole section of his letter. He has already said that we have been freed and empowered to submit to God’s order by honestly respecting the delegated authority structures that allow society to function best. But just exactly how does the resurrection of Jesus affect the wife’s role in marriage?... Keep Reading

Standing in Strange Grace

Posted April 25, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

The first readers of Peter’s letter might have been wondering if God’s favor was really upon them. After all, they were being persecuted for their faith. The new kingdom they had embraced upon hearing the gospel was not all tea and roses. They had come to realize that hostile powers were aligned against God’s established king and his people. Probably some had mocked them for not being more prosperous in material things and more victorious over physical maladies. There have always been some in the church who measure everything by the same metrics as the surrounding society. Peter reassures them that they have heard the true gospel and that they are experiencing the true grace of God. He exhorts them to stand in this grace.... Keep Reading

You Aren't Alone in Suffering

Posted March 28, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |1 Comments

Last week we saw the reality of being stalked, and the necessity of resisting Satan. One of his main tactics is to interpret circumstances in such a way as to misrepresent God’s intention and involvement in our lives.... Keep Reading

We Are Being Stalked

Posted March 21, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

We have all watched the scary movies where a party is going on with everyone laughing and having a carefree time, yet a menacing bad guy is watching, waiting for the opportunity to pounce on some unsuspecting victim. We want to scream out, “Watch out! There is danger lurking!” Well, Peter does warn us all that there is a stalking enemy out there just looking for someone who will be his prey.... Keep Reading

What's the Fashion of the New Creation?

Posted March 7, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

Those properly dressed in God’s kingdom are wearing humility. They are not competing for attention and vying for position. They have come to know a Father who is so big that they are not tempted to suppress themselves. Many trying to look humble are busy beating themselves down in order for God to be noticed. That is evidence of having a small God. Humanity does not have to be diminished in order for divinity to be seen as superior. Such efforts are false humility and look as cheap and out of place as overalls and sneakers at a President’s ball.... Keep Reading

Shepherd the Flock of God

Posted February 28, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |1 Comments

Peter is an elder himself who has witnessed the glory of Christ and the suffering that comes from partaking of life with him. He is well aware of the commission he was given by the resurrected Lord after breakfast by the sea. Remember! He had promised to stand with Jesus no matter what but had failed miserably on the night of the betrayal. Jesus had confronted him over breakfast in Galilee. Jesus had three times commissioned him to tend the sheep. Now in this text, he is telling other elders how important their role is in the future of the church.... Keep Reading

The End of All Things

Posted February 21, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

Many lessons have used this text to promote the idea that the end of the world was upon us. Since Peter wrote this prior to 70 AD, we would have to say he was wrong if, in fact, he was saying that. It has been 2000 plus years, and the earth is still here. Peter is telling his readers and us that everything that needed to be done had been done for God’s narrative to reach its climax.... Keep Reading

Suffering Is Not Strange

Posted February 13, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

In our culture, comfort and ease are valued so highly that the very thought of suffering as a normal part of life is unthinkable. In fact, too often the message coming from Christian leaders makes a mockery of suffering and categorizes it as outside of personal faith. Many people try to believe that they can live without suffering and still be faithful witnesses of God’s kingdom. This is a sad state of theological confusion that leaves people without adequate support when trouble comes.... Keep Reading

Trusting the Just Judge

Posted January 31, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

Christians are participants in the new creation, radically born again of the imperishable seed of God’s word. They have been separated for his possession and use in this world. They are filled with light and are placed in the midst of darkness. They are often broken so the light is seen by those walking in darkness. They embrace this calling and are ready to give an answer for the radical hope that steadies them in the midst of storms. They live in the same world as those who have not yet been enlightened by the gospel, and they must submit to the same forces that inhabit the world. Injustice and unfairness are common.... Keep Reading

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