Two Charcoal Fires, Two Peter’s


Peter's Denial, Carl Bloch

Peter warms himself next to two charcoal fires in the last chapters of John’s gospel:  In the court of the high priest where he denied Jesus, and having breakfast with Jesus after the resurrection (read John 21:15-19).

Peter must have thought that glance across the courtyard was the last time he would see Jesus, but the resurrection is the good news of second chances.  Jesus doesn’t stay dead, and Peter does not stay guilt ridden.  Peter renounced his discipleship in the high priest’s courtyard, but at breakfast Jesus reinstates him.

Resurrection means another charcoal fire, a meal with Jesus, and reconciliation —  for all of us.

About Corey Sharpe

Where do we get our beliefs? Three theological perspectives have significantly shaped my Christian identity: Evangelicalism, the early Methodist tradition and liberation theology. From my coming to faith in a Baptist church and throughout my education in a Baptist school and college, I was nurtured by convictions that emphasized a spiritual rebirth, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the centrality of the Bible. Even when I disagree with certain aspects of evangelicalism, it has deeply influenced my sense of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. My seminary studies spawned my interest in early Methodism, particularly its approach to spiritual formation. Its leaders were convinced that only a foundation of doctrine and discipline would lead to a meaningful transformation of the heart and mind. In other words, having the mind of Christ enables me to be more like Christ. Life in a suburban culture obscures the increasing gap between the poor and rich, as well as the Bible’s close identification with the poor. My doctoral work in socio-cultural context exposed me to liberation theology, which helps me see redemptive history as a history of oppressed groups, written from the perspective of the powerless, about a God who is actively involved with the poor in their struggles. I am now the pastor at Huntingtown United Methodist Church in Calvert County, Maryland. Together my wife and I are raising 4 young theologians.
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1 Response to Two Charcoal Fires, Two Peter’s

  1. Ann Denbow Simmons says:

    Jesus in his resurrection demonstrated that the walls between the realms of death and life are paper thin. The death of our physical body is not the death of our individual person hood.for as Paul stated in Colossians 3:3 “hidden with Christ in God” . Jesus no longer walks this earth in his human body but if we fully understand and accept his messages to us as recorded in the Bible, there is no disruption in his intimacy and love for us as he demonstrated to his disciples during those 42 days. I believe that Jesus in his ascended state is no further removed from us then when he lived and walked on this earth; however, I do believe that because of his ascension we as Christians have the opportunity for a deeper and more intimate relationship with him. He is the center of my life and all areas of my existence and life revolve around and through Him. I believe that Jesus is alive, real, and intimately enfolding my live 24/7.

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