If St. Peter had moved in business or political circles, he would have been forgotten millennia ago. In most areas of life, those who make major mistakes are cast out, left to languish in their failure. But Peter, who made more than one major mistake while following Jesus, has been highly revered within the Church since the days when Jesus walked with the disciples. In fact, in holding Peter up so high, we can easily miss the essential lesson his life teaches us: that when flawed people experience forgiveness through Jesus, they are freed and empowered to be faithful followers of Christ.
In Saint Peter: Flawed, Forgiven, and Faithful, biblical scholar Stephen Binz takes readers on a pilgrimage from Galilee to Rome—from the spot where Peter first dropped his nets to follow Jesus to the place where he gave his life out of love for his Lord. Through sound scholarship, first-hand experiences at places of pilgrimage, and spiritual reflection, Binz helps us embrace the reality that God works through broken human beings to accomplish truly beautiful things.
Ultimately, Saint Peter: Flawed, Forgiven, and Faithful reminds us that the papacy—from Peter to the present day—has always been filled by imperfect people and, mysteriously and wonderfully, that’s exactly the type of person through whom God advances the Church!
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About the Author
Stephen J. Binz is a biblical scholar, award-winning author, and popular speaker. Following graduate degrees at the Gregorian University and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and Jerusalem, he has developed Bible studies in the church and offered numerous study trips and pilgrimages to biblical lands. His books have earned top awards from the Association of Catholic Publishers and the Catholic Press Association. He lives with his wife Pamela in Baton Rouge, LA. Information about his work may be found at www.Bridge-B.com.
Table of Contents
1 The Glorious Legacy of Peter the Apostle and Martyr 1
2 Peter's Call to Follow Jesus in Galilee 15
3 At Home in the House of Peter 33
4 Peter the Rock Is Given the Keys to God's Kingdom 51
5 Peter Follows Jesus to Jerusalem 65
6 Peter Enters Jesus' Passion in Jerusalem 83
7 Peter Encounters Jesus, the Risen Lord 103
8 Peter Shepherds the Church in Jerusalem 113
9 Peter Opens the Church to Its Universal Mission 129
10 Peter Set Free to Become the Worldwide Fisherman and Shepherd 145
11 Peter Serves the Church in Rome 159
12 Peter as Bridge Builder and Universal Shepherd 175
About the Author 194