Bauckham presents two lectures given at a day conference in Tokyo, 26 July 2010. The first lecture had the title "Celebrating the Kingdom" and the second "Seeking the lost". He addressed the question: What was Jesus’ overall intention in his ministry? What was he seeking to achieve? Why was he doing what he did?
Looking at Matthew 16:18, this article looks at the significance of Jesus changing Simon's name to Peter. This renaming had a significant meaning, like all other renamings in the Bible. However, its significance is not in the way that the Roman Catholic Church claims, which maintains that Peter was the first pope. This interpretation lacks evidence from scripture.