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The Passionate Jesus

Day1 host Peter Wallace's new book on the emotions of Jesus is, according to Marcus Borg, “An illuminating and powerful personal meditation." Ideal for personal or group study.

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What's Up with the Day1 Website?

The Rev. Peter Wallace

We are so grateful to you and all the users of the Day1.org website! I hear from many of you at various events like the Festival of Homiletics, or by email or phone call or in person, about how much you appreciate the resources we provide on our website--not only the lectionary based sermon transcripts and audio podcasts, but videos and blog posts by a diverse array of church leaders.

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Humble Things: A Meditation for the Last Days of Advent

The Rev. Peter Wallace

 

Humble Things

An Advent meditation on Micah 5:2-5a and Luke 1:39-55

One of my all-time favorite Christmas ornaments is really rather shoddily made. Very simple, humble even. My son, who is now 34, made it when he was a toddler. It's an imprint of his palm in a rough disc of plaster of Paris, painted gold with a little loop of green yarn embedded at the top so you can hang it on the tree. Of course I love it, despite its unpretentiousness. Because to me, in its simplicity and humility, it reflects the glory of life given by God.

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Other Recent Peter Wallace Blog Articles

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January 19, 2016

The Meaning of Life: A Parable

The Rev. Peter Wallace

On the night after I returned from a vacation to Southeast Asia, the day after the memorial service for my mentor and colleague and Day1 leader Dr. Bill Self, I had a dream....
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December 20, 2015

Humble Things: A devotional for Advent 4 (Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:39-55)

The Rev. Peter Wallace

We may see our gifts as pitiful, our lives as little, our calling as lowly. But in God’s eyes, nothing could be further from the truth.
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September 26, 2015

Engaging the Spiritually Disconnected: Inviting the Culture to Move to the Deeper End of Life's Pool

The Rev. Peter Wallace

A whole and significant life involves all aspects of our being, but I fear many of us are missing the depth of our internal spiritual being. Out of a blazing inner life I believe can come rich meaning and purpose for life, a heart for serving others, and passionate engagement with others. What else is our existence for?
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December 23, 2014

Let Jesus Show! A Christmas sermon on Luke 2:1-20

The Rev. Peter Wallace

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we join the lowly shepherds who, in the midst of their impoverished, treacherous life, were welcomed by angels to experience the glory of the nativity--and then to let Jesus show in their lives.
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July 08, 2014

Listening to Jesus: The Waste of Worry

The Rev. Peter Wallace

What if you could actually take a hike with Jesus and have a conversation about life and faith?
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April 19, 2014

This Is the Night: A Sermon for Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil

The Rev. Peter Wallace

The Easter Vigil service begins in darkness. It is the darkness of the closed up tomb where Jesus' body lay on Holy Saturday. The stone has been rolled in front of it. No light enters. It is utterly dark. Jesus' torn and beaten body is already beginning to stink--the women are planning to bring spices to help preserve his body in the morning. But now, it is Saturday, in the dark, airless, deathly still tomb. It is not a pleasant place to be.
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September 26, 2013

Following the Instructions: A sermon on the parable of the dishonest manager (Luke 16:1-13)

The Rev. Peter Wallace

Use your money wisely, Jesus says—use it up, give it away to make friends in the faith, who will welcome you into the eternal homes.
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September 16, 2013

My Dear God, Make It Clean: David, Flannery O'Connor, and Psalm 51

The Rev. Peter Wallace

The September 16 issue of The New Yorker included some intriguing excerpts from a journal written by the young Flannery O'Connor under the title, 'My Dear God.' I wonder if she had Psalm 51 in mind when she wrote one entry.