Roaring lions

Peter warns that Satan is a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8). What does that mean? Judah is the lion tribe, and the Davidic king is a roaring lion (cf. Proverbs 19:12). The devil is a Davidic pretender, a . . . . Continue Reading »

Exhortation

Peter closes his first letter with exhortations to two generations within his churches.  He exhorts the elders who lead the church to shepherd the flock not as lords but as examples, following . . . . Continue Reading »

Exhortation

Later in the service this morning, we will ordain two new deacons, Rick Schumaker and Brendan O’Donnell.  Both have gone through a period of apprenticeship with our two deacons, and both . . . . Continue Reading »

Exhortation

Peter’s readers had a lot to fear, but Peter tells them not to fear.  More precisely, as Pastor Sumpter will point out in his sermon, Peter tells his readers not to “fear their . . . . Continue Reading »

Exhortation

The Bible devotes a surprising amount of attention to vessels – plates, forks, bowls, pots, pans, and snuffers.  One long and repetitive chapter of Numbers describes a 12-day procession . . . . Continue Reading »