Abandon

Empty nets lying by the water’s edge tell the rest of the story of when the Lord called Peter. What does it mean to follow Jesus? It means reckless abandon, relinquishing everything you once called yours. Jesus’ promise to make Peter a “fisher of men” encodes the...

Grace

Almost a year passed between the time Jesus met Simon Peter (Jn 1:42) and the time He called Peter to be His disciple (Lk 5:1-11). Jesus comes along the shore of Galilee teaching, followed by crowds of people. He asks to use Simon’s boat as a platform for His sermon,...

Potential

In one of my favorite scenes from the life of Christ, Jesus meets Peter and says: “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter) (Jn 1:42). Don’t overlook the tense of the verbs: “You are Simon. You shall be Cephas.” Three names:...