Simon, Who is Called Peter
Life as One of the Apostles
by Mackenzie Mulligan
Foreword by Matt Jenson
From the Author…
When we read the Bible as a parable, as a series of object lessons told merely to prove a point, we miss something. When we treat the people within the Bible as mere “characters” in a story, we lose something incredibly important.
Object lessons are clean and simple. People, on the other hand, are messy and complicated. When we look at the life of Simon Peter, we see one of the messiest people n the entire New Testament. Peter walked on water and sank into the waves. He proclaimed who Jesus was and completely missed the point. He pledged his undying devotion to Christ, and even drop a sword in defense of this Lord, and then he abandoned Jesus and denied him three times.
Peter is also the rock on which Christ would build his church — the same church of which Paul says we are a part.
So come. Walk with Peter. Fish with him. Follow a strange rabbi, though it might cost you everything. Walk on water, though you might sink. Go to Jerusalem, though death awaits you. Stand with Peter as God uses him to build his church, and watch that church grow.
Reviews for Simon, Who is Called Peter…
“Moving between contemporaneous episodes in prison and recollection of Peter’s place in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the first days of the church, Mulligan gives meaningful shape to Peter’s life and offers us a novel take on both Peter and Jesus, yet ever faithful and attentive to the biblical witness. This sounds like Peter and would be an excellent companion to students of the New Testament, both lay and academic.”
— Matt Jenson, Associate Professor of Theology, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
“Human beings are eternal and one of the greatest of those souls was the Apostle Peter. Peter did not start as he ended: a man willing to be martyred for faith. Mackenzie Mulligan has illuminated the life of this Christian hero and reminded us of his full humanity. Mulligan’s classical training and bright mind are obvious as he unlocks his material in a manner that is intellectually stimulating, host to the source documents, and devotional.”
— John Mark N. Reynolds, Provost, Professor of Philosophy, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX
“Never moving outside Scripture’s own footprint and reading as a disciple of Jesus himself, Mulligan offers an imaginative retelling of the “Peter of the Bible.” Rather than a speculative filling-in-the-blanks, he offers a comprehensive portrait of Peter that is delightfully and skillfully woven together with the fabric of the New Testament. IN what JEnson aptly categorizes as a form of lectio divine, Mulligan’s narrative is a sustained reflection on the text of Scripture.”
— Darian R. Lockett, Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
“From encountering Jesus with his brother, Andrew, to suffering for Jesus on a Roman cross, the Apostle Peter recounts his life and experiences as a devoted, but sometimes stumbling, follower of the Lord…. Mulligan succeeds in putting together an daccount that is both faithful to the biblical text and engagingly expressed. What a great resource this will be for a class on Peter or for Bible study groups who want to explore Peter’s life.”
— Clinton E. Arnold, Dean and Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA