Pursue Life, Speak Peace

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Peter 3:10-12 . . . embrace life . . . snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you’re worth. (The Message) Recently I ordered a volume from the Book-of-the-Month Club because of the intriguing title, 6 Questions That Can CHANGE Your Life. The fourth chapter recommends that we change our question about life from “What do I own?” to “Whom do I love?” The whole Bible is, more than anything, about loving-God loving us, …

Retaliation-It Creates Havoc

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Peter 3:9 No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless – that’s your job . . . be a blessing . . . get a blessing. (The Message) If you followed the news about the Israel-Palestinian conflict and Afghanistan you know that retaliation only increases damage reports. On the interpersonal scene getting even is just as destructive. Lately I have been reading a chronicle by Ken, a British engineer who became a missionary in Pakistan and served there …

Create Harmony, Not Chaos

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Peter 3:8 Summing up: Be agreeable . . . sympathetic . . . loving . . . compassionate . . . humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. (The Message) Discord, yelling, protests, posturing, hostility, attacks, arrests, objections, law suits, public and domestic conflict. Is there any real harmony anywhere? Don’t you long for peace and tranquility, solid and loving relationships? That is what Jesus, the Bible and Christian faith is all about-pervasive peace. Reconciliation, …

Peter on the Gender Issue, Male to Female

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Peter 3:7 . . . husband: Be good to your wife . . . Honor her and delight in her. Use your strength to her advantage. (my paraphrase) My first and most important lessons about male-female relationships were modeled for me by my dad. He was a product of a rural, farm culture with German roots where men had to be men! And he was-physically robust, a decisive leader, definitely in charge. But he was remarkably gentle …

Vanity Fair & Vogue Readers, Hello!

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Peter 3:1-6 . . . be good wives . . . cultivate inner beauty . . . . (The Message) Peter gets more radical and culturally alienated from us as he adds to his list of do’s and don’ts in his short letter. Now he is messing with women on the matter of fashion, style, hair-dos and submission to husbands! There is not space on this page to address this issue fully. But Peter is right on …

Take It on the Chin, Friend!

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Peter 2:18-25 . . . submit yourselves . . . to those who are harsh . . . (and) unjust. This month’s reflections focus on Peter’s commands to Christians. This one seems ridiculous and flawed in the twenty-first century. Is it? What is Peter really saying to us? Always be respectful under all circumstances. Remind yourself of God’s constant presence when injustice occurs. There is no virtue in accepting punishment that you well deserve. Like Christ, you …