Willow Creek takes you back home to Rome

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Now people visiting Rome will ask, where was the Apostle Peter imprisoned and buried.

These are the words of pastor Andy Stanley in the Willow Creek movement. He spoke to church leaders during the last session of the Global Ledership Summit on Friday.

Stanley wondered aloud, in front of the audience of about 75,000 people watching from sites all across America, if Paul could have imagined on the way to his execution that one day the Roman Empire would fall but Christianity would remain.

Could he have imagined, Stanley asked, that people would travel to Rome and ask not where the ancient emperors are buried, but ask where he was imprisoned and where the Apostle Peter is buried? Or did he wonder if the church would be “snuffed out” like his own life would soon be?

Stanley then took a moment to address discouraged church leaders, and reminded them that…

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Pope wants unity around the Petrine Magisterium

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The Pope claim the new covenant is based on the promise of a Chair of Peter placed in Rome.

Dwelling upon the Gospel passage in which Peter proclaims Jesus to be “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” the Pope explored the significance of Christ’s response that Peter would be “the rock” upon which the Church was built.

The Pope made his remarks in his homily for the Mass of the Solemnity of the Chair of St. Peter.

The Pope explained how the old covenant between God and the Jewish people was first made with Abraham, of whom the Prophet Isaiah writes, “look to the rock from which you were hewn … look to Abraham your father.”

Therefore, just as Abraham “the father of believers” is seen as “the rock that supports creation,” so too is Peter the basis for a new covenant. He is “the rock that…

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