"A Metaphor for the Margins" 1 Peter 2:4-8 (Life in the Margins)

In order to inspire and instruct God's people as elect exiles, Peter relies on a most unusual and unconventional metaphor: a rock. Drawing on a variety of stone images, Peter (which means "rock") strings together a revolutionary series of metaphors to carry us beyond the status quo and into our divine calling. His message reveals the scandal of the Spiritual House, the scandal of the Living Stones, and the scandal of the Cornerstone. This rock imagery- and a functional theology of "rocks"- is essential to basic Christianity and leaves us all with decisions to make.