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Rev. Peter M. Wallace
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The Rev. Peter M. Wallace is executive producer and host of the "Day 1" national radio and internet program (, based in Atlanta, Georgia. "Day 1," the voice of the mainline Protestant churches, is distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas.

Wallace is the author of nine books, including The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically; Connected: You and God in the Psalms; Living Loved: Knowing Jesus as the Lover of Your Soul; Out of the Quiet: Responding to God's Whispered Invitations; and TruthQuest Devotional Journal. He has contributed to numerous books, study Bibles, devotional guides, magazines, video series, blogs, and other resources. His website is, and on Twitter he is @pwallace.

Wallace has been a member of the Episcopal Church since 1991. In June 2014 he was ordained as an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Atlanta. He earned a bachelor's in journalism from Marshall University, Huntington, W. Va., and a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Tex., and did coursework at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.

Entries by Rev. Peter M. Wallace

"Let Jesus Show!" A Christmas Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 12:44 PM

The beloved author Frederick Buechner tells the story about a Christmas pageant a friend of his took part in as the rector of an Episcopal church. Buechner writes:

The manger was down in front at the chancel steps where it always is. Mary was there in a blue mantle and...
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Is There Room in the Church for Non-Believers?

(14) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 1:49 PM

[Photo © Michael Seufer, used by permission.]

Not long ago I was mindlessly glancing through a variety of posts on my Facebook newsfeed as I typically do once or twice a day to see what my friends and...

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Listening to Jesus: The Waste of Worry

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 5:46 PM

The hiking path meandered through the forested moutainside. My companion and I kept pushing up the hill. It was a steady incline and my legs were beginning to feel the burn of my effort.

We'd been talking along the way, mostly about the frustrations and foibles of life. My...

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This Is the Night: The Darkness of Holy Saturday

(4) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 11:35 AM

Have you ever found yourself in complete, total darkness? The kind where you can't see your hand in front of your face? It can be a terrifying place.

My parents used to tell me about one particular Saturday when I was about 4-years-old. They were sitting in the kitchen when...

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An Afternoon With the Dalai Lama: Can a Secular Ethic Unite Us?

(15) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 3:16 PM

His Holiness the Dalai Lama spent most of the week of October 7 on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta for The Visit 2013. The University's Presidential Distinguished Professor returned to interact with students, faculty, and the public. I was honored to be seated among the packed...

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52 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

(5) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 9:53 AM

Next August I will have lived six decades on planet earth. When you reach my age, it's inevitable that you reflect more deeply about what's left of your life. You review where you came from, consider how you got here, and wonder where you're going next. In my case, I...

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My Dear God, Make It Clean: Confession and Psalm 51

(9) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 4:33 PM

The September 16 issue of The New Yorker included some intriguing excerpts from a journal written by the young Flannery O'Connor under the title, "My Dear God."

The introduction explains that, while beginning her studies at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop in January 1946, O'Connor began writing a...

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Jesus: A Model for Living Authentically

(76) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Recently I heard an interview on NPR with Reza Aslan, author of the new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Asked about the different ways to think about Jesus, Aslan said, "There are billions of Christians in the world who believe that Jesus of...

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The Institution May Be Dying, But the Need Is Not

(25) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 10:48 AM

"There has never been a more challenging time in [fill in the blank]. Everyone is scrambling to find the right way to connect to an audience that has fractured and fragmented to numerous different platforms."

That's how Edward Loh of Motor Trend magazine began his editor's note in the July...

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A Good Friday Reflection on John 19:28-29: 'I Am Thirsty'

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 11:39 AM

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), "I am thirsty." A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth....

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Rethinking Jesus in Lent: What He Can Teach Us About Emotional Authenticity

(6) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 3:25 PM

During Lent, many Christians take time to contemplate their lives honestly and prayerfully, and focus afresh on Jesus -- who he was, what he did and taught, how he lived and how he calls us to live. An intense examination of the Gospel accounts of Jesus' life and ministry can...

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Anger in the Service of Justice: Following Jesus' Example

(4) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 4:16 PM

I am angry, and I am not alone. In response to the heart-shattering violence visited upon innocent children and teachers in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, millions of Americans are enraged by the lack of sensible gun control laws, as well as by the tone-deaf responses of those who think...

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Living With Passionate Authenticity -- Like Jesus

(24) Comments | Posted December 8, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Thich Nhat Hanh tells us that in Buddhism, the energy that helps us "touch life deeply" is known as smrti, the energy of mindfulness. A careful reading of the Gospels reveals a Jesus who is full of smrti.

Jesus knows himself. He is mindful of his feelings and expresses...

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Experiencing the Passionate, Honest Love of Jesus

(12) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 10:36 AM

A stone is tossed into a still pond, and from its point of entry ripples circle out, wider and wider. In the same way, Jesus enters human existence, piercing the surface between the eternal and the here-and-now, and love washes continually from him in wave after wave, flowing out beyond...

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Meeting the Surprisingly Real Jesus in the Pages of the Gospels

(64) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 7:05 AM

One of my favorite rituals is to carve a few days out of my schedule each year and take off to St. Simons Island, Ga., for a creative retreat. Each year as I walk along the broad, white-sand beach, I am surprised by the changes in the shoreline. The sea...

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Jesus' Unexpected Presence: A Meditation on John 6:16-21

(17) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 12:00 PM

A few years ago I was at a meeting in New York City -- huge, overwhelmingly busy, and extremely confusing to someone not used to its eccentricities. Take the subway system, please. If you know where you're going, you can figure it out easily enough. If you're not sure, you...

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Mark 4:35-41: Quieting The Storm

(17) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 10:37 AM

Some years ago, a friend of mine from church invited me and another fellow to spend a few hours relaxing on his new sailboat on Lake Lanier, north of Atlanta. I knew nothing about sailing but the other two did, so I just went along for the ride.


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Putting My Anti-Racism Training to Work: An Unexpected Encounter

(5) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 3:44 PM

After you spend time and energy trying to learn something, sometimes God gives you an opportunity to put it into practice, ready or not. And that's a good thing because it compels us to live what we've learned. For me, it happened the moment I walked out the door after...

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A Conversation with Diana Butler Bass on 'Christianity After Religion'

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 11:00 AM

In a special Day1 Conversation, author and religious historian Diana Butler Bass talks with me about her new book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012).

Diana delves into the roots of the crisis that churches of...

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Four Spiritual Invitations: Saying Something About God

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 11:15 AM

I got stumped the other day by what would seem to be a rather easy question: "Would you say something to us about God?"

I was meeting with a dozen members of an important committee in the denomination to which I belong. The members were asking me all sorts of...

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