Alan Loy McGinnis told of a woman who was honored by her company for outstanding
performance during the just-ended fiscal year. Standing at the podium before hundreds of
fellow-workers in a large banqueting hall, she clutched her trophy and wept as she told of
the strange route that brought her to this moment of recognition.
A year earlier, this woman's marriage had unraveled, and she was down and out
emotionally. She could not give her all to her job, and too often she found herself coming
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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.