On Greg's farm, his land varies greatly from one field to another, and even within a given
field. One piece of land in particular illustrates this parable. The field starts in a low spot,
beside a prairie slough. It then rises sharply up a hill, then falls away until it comes up
alongside of an alkaline lake. The crops sown on this field vary greatly in yield. On the
end that abuts the fresh water slough, the crops are usually heavy producing very high
yields. The yield falls as the land climbs the hill, with the hilltop usually yielding only
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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.