The Biggest Small Word

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ….” (1 Peter 1:1) “Of” is a mighty word in scripture.  It can show source–something that originates in something else and shares its nature, substance, reality.  Ownership is another connotation.  “Of” also suggests “from”; coming in another’s stead and on their authority.  Such big ideas in such a little word!…

More Apostate than Apostle

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ….” (1 Peter 1:1). Over the years, I’ve concluded that “apostle” is a greatly abused term.  For the most part, we’ve turned it into an honorific title.  The office of apostle looms large in some movements, with prophet as a close second.  Such movements seek to bring local congregations under…