NOW 4: the Village

The writer of 1 Peter talks as if living into God’s Eternal Kingdom NOW may start at home, or “in-house.” Yet, while it may start there, it can’t stay there. Why? Because “Christ himself suffered on account of sins, once for all, the righteous one on behalf of the unrighteous. He did this in order to […]

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NOW 3: Households

The design of 1 Peter, at least part of of it, is around household codes, what homes in a certain time and place look like. This means that, for the writer, living for Christ-like cultural patterns might start at home. The writer of this letter identifies popular cultural codes in his time, and then he imagines new Christ-like codes. It’s […]

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NOW 2: Exiles

1 Peter is a letter addressed “to the exiles.” The problem is that the people who received this letter weren’t people in exile. They were mostly people who grew up and had lived where they were for a long time. The readers of the letter might have asked this question: How are we exiles? And then, how are […]

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