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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

The Meaning of Life: A Parable

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 2:36 PM


In a town far away, a young man approached an older man known to be wise. "Sir, I am told that you know the meaning of life. Will you share it with me?"

"Yes, my son," the older man said. "Come with me."

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Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 8: Dr. Luke Powery on Continuing the Conversation in Churches

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 11:38 AM


In the final installment in the Day1 radio program's "Faith & Science in the 21st Century" series this week, the Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, dean of Duke University Chapel, encourages us to continue the conversation between faith and science, particularly in...

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Day 1 Faith and Science Series Part 7: Numbering Our Days -- Dr. Tom Long on Life and Death

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 11:27 AM


"Teach us to number our days," prays the psalmist in Psalm 90, "that we may gain a wise heart." But what does it mean "to number our days"? And how do we do that wisely in this age of medical science?

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Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 6: Dr. Nancy Duff on the Bible and Genetics: Hear the Animals Singing

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 9:53 AM


Animal lovers will enjoy this week's Day1 radio program--the 6th in our "Faith & Science in the 21st Century" series. The Rev. Dr. Nancy J. Duff addresses the topic of genetics through a biblical understanding of our relationships with animals, and...

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Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 5: David Wood on Science and the "Image of God"

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 9:19 AM


In his message on this week's Day1 radio program--the 5th in the "Faith & Science in the 21st Century" series--the Rev. David Wood speaks on "The Image of God and the Secret of Life."

In his sermon he says:

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Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 4: Bishop Nicholas Knisely on Quantum Physics and Eternity

(10) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 4:39 PM


In his message on this week's Day1 radio program--the 4th in our "Faith & Science in the 21st Century" series--Bishop Nicholas Knisely offers us a glimpse of time and eternity, and what quantum physics, and the Bible, have to say about...

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Day 1 Faith & Science Series: Katharine Jefferts Schori on Creation and Evolution

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 9:17 AM


"How can people of faith best approach scientific endeavors for the good of all?" That was my question to Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. She answered:

God created us with brains for a reason. We are meant to test...

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Day 1 Faith & Science Series: Ted Peters on God and Cosmos

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 4:35 PM


In his 1979 book Disturbing the Universe, Freeman Dyson wrote, "As we look out into the universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the universe must in some...

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Day 1 Faith & Science Series Begins: How Can Faith and Science Inform Each Other?

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 1:05 PM


Does the universe make any sense? Does the cosmos have purpose? And what about us human beings? Do we matter? Is there any way to know? Listen to some people these days, including some vocal scientists, and you will hear the answer loud...
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Engaging the Spiritually Disconnected: Inviting the Culture to Move to the Deeper End of Life's Pool

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 1:26 PM

[Photo © Michael Seufer. Used by permission.]

Last Sunday at the church where I am assisting priest I spoke with an obviously frustrated woman just before Sunday school. I know her as a caring, active servant and wonderful counselor. But...

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"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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