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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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Recent Peter Wallace Blog Articles

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September 16, 2013

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

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)

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.

The Rev. Peter Wallace Article

August 23, 2013

Jesus: A Model for Living Authentically

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)

Recently I heard an interview on NPR with Reza Aslan, author of the new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Asked about the different ways to think about Jesus, Aslan said, 'There are billions of Christians in the world who believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the living incarnation of God. And that's a perfectly fine belief, but whatever else he was -- whether he was the Messiah, or God, or what have you -- he was also a man, he was a human being.'
The Rev. Peter Wallace Article

June 06, 2013

The Institution May Be Dying, But the Need Is Not

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)

No matter what denomination or faith tradition, organized religion is declining. And yet people still yearn for a connection to their spiritual core, a relationship with the reality beyond themselves.
The Rev. Peter Wallace Article

April 15, 2013

Praying for Boston

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)

As the news reports continue, we pray for the dead and injured and their families and friends in Boston--and try to make some sense of it all.
The Rev. Peter Wallace Article

March 29, 2013

"I Thirst" - A Good Friday Reflection

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), "I am thirsty." A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. -- John 19:28-29
The Rev. Peter Wallace Article

March 07, 2013

Rethinking Jesus in Lent: What He Can Teach Us About Emotional Authenticity

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)

During Lent, many Christians take time to contemplate their lives honestly and prayerfully, and focus afresh on Jesus -- who he was, what he did and taught, how he lived and how he calls us to live. An intense examination of the Gospel accounts of Jesus' life and ministry can open us to some challenging realities that we must deal with. And what better time to do so than in Lent?
The Rev. Peter Wallace Article

December 27, 2012

Anger in the Service of Justice: Following Jesus' Example

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)

The dreadful Newtown school shooting is waking up a vast number of people of faith, who are channeling their anger into seeking just responses in its aftermath. And we find an example for doing so in the person of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate in this season -- a holy occasion dampened by our tears of grief and outrage.
The Rev. Peter Wallace Article

December 10, 2012

Living with Passionate Authenticity--Like Jesus Did

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)

God seeks a spirit of truth within us, a spirit that can only be realized when our emotional life is integrated with our spiritual life, when we are the same person on the outside as we are on the inside. Jesus said in John 4, "God is spirit, and those who worship God must worship in spirit and truth."
The Rev. Peter Wallace Article

November 26, 2012

Experiencing the Passionate, Honest Love of Jesus

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)

Jesus expressed a wide range of emotions with his followers, but love was the foundation of them all. It was all part of the complete package of authentic emotions felt and expressed by the passionate Jesus.
The Rev. Peter Wallace Article

November 15, 2012

Meeting the Surprisingly Real Jesus in the Pages of the Gospels

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)

Unconsciously, I once adopted this approach to emotions as "Christlike." I kept the edge off how I was feeling so as to avoid conflict or inappropriate behavior or even deep, honest love. But this kind of living is as far as one can get from being truly like Jesus.