Ellen Rankin’s novel, The Westing Game, tells the story of sixteen people brought together in a bizarre contest for the estate of Samuel Westing, a deceased, wealthy man. These sixteen people must learn to work with each other, despite the abundance of dead-end leads, red herrings, and general mayhem. The answer to Westing’s labyrinthine riddle is clever, well-hidden, and, most of all, surprising. The inheritance Paul talks about today is nothing like the Westing inheritance. Our inheritance does not require us to win any games; it does not require extreme talent, skill, or cleverness.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.