Sometimes he is the most ornery person one could ever meet. But his ornery-ness is what makes him unwavering in his faith. His allegiance to Christ, his absolute diligence in seeking to divide the Word of God stem from this undeniably bullheaded belief that God is God and no one or nothing else can light a fire worth stoking but God. His loyalty to those whom God has bestowed upon him as family and friends is unequaled in my mind. But then, I'm biased. He's my friend and I am his.
In years past, Peter challenged every word and sentence and opinion I ever had (and still does). He doggedly provoked me to think beyond my safe zone of boxed and canned impressions of God, of culture, of church and traditions. His love for the Word of God, his life of prayer and teaching have given me much to remember and stirred me to seek a deeper walk with our Lord. I am forever grateful for his ornery ways then and also today.
How can one describe such a man? Well, some might describe him as arrogant. He'd readily admit that his writing style can come across tinged with more picturesque pleasure to himself than some of his more judgmental critics. However, one thing that sets Peter apart from many people who seek to make a point, is he doesn't get flustered with any opposition to his words, logic, or reasoning. In my nearly 30 years of knowing the guy and his loving, patient and generous wife, I've only seen him livid once. His sense of humor is generously flavored with mind-boggling idioms of which few can conjure up on their best day of musing.
Today I am prompted to write this little synopsis of Peter because he has just posted what I believe is one of the clearest peeks into his heart of anything he has written or vlogged about since he began blogging. Evidently he has decided to go back into his archives of early sermons and give us a taste of how God pushed him and pleasured him to break the Bread of Life to his former congregations. I cherry-picked a few words from his introduction to his series:
"...making the Bible relevant is like making water wet."
"...the biblical expositor is obsessed...with then and there."
"...the Holy Spirit is about annointing His story, not yours."
Part 1 of Faith on It's Feet in James will, no doubt, be a blessing to read. I hope you follow Peter's upcoming posts and look forward to them as much as I will. selahV