David Mulready
Peter at the Cross: An Eyewitness Tells All (Lenten Studies)
Anglican Press Australia, Sydney, 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1925725544

Peter at the Cross

 

"Mulready's commentary is clear and concise and leads the reader through the text at a brisk pace, making this book an excellent place to start for someone who wants to come to grips in a greater way with the Biblical letters and speeches of Peter without getting too bogged down on any particular passage."

The season of Lent is almost upon us (this year Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, falls on 6th March) and this study has been designed with that 40 day period leading up to Easter in mind.

Featuring (you guessed it!) 40 days of studies, the focus here is on Peter and his perspective as an eyewitness to Christ's death and resurrection, and as an early church leader. The studies commence with an overview of Peter's life as it's recorded in the New Testament, followed by a look at I and II Peter - letters sent to encourage the first Christians in times of hardship and when false teaching was infiltrating the early church. The reader is then taken through Peter's five great speeches in Acts and then, finally, to excerpts from the Gospels as they're led to reflect directly on the events of Christ's arrest, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.

Written by now retired Australian Anglican bishop David Mulready (he's previously written Lentan studies on the letters of John and the Book of Acts as well as the importance of prayer), the studies contained within this book provide some context to the passages being read as well as a look at the meaning of the text itself, and each comes with a question to think about or a prayer to close.

Mulready's commentary is clear and concise and leads the reader through the text at a brisk pace, making this book an excellent place to start for someone who wants to come to grips in a greater way with the Biblical letters and speeches of Peter without getting too bogged down on any particular passage (and for those who do want to go deeper into a study of Peter's life, Mulready makes a couple of suggestions for further reading).

Each study should only take only 10 or 15 minutes to work through, making them ideal for a daily devotional. There's also some questions for use in a group discussion (or for further personal reflection should you wish it) and eight sermon outlines which draw on the texts discussed - particularly useful if you decide to undertake the study as a church.

And, of course, Peter at the Cross, while designed to be read in the lead-up to Easter, still makes for an interesting and insightful study any time of the year.