I vividly remember, as a boy, standing outside the large display windows of the automobile dealers when the new cars were about to be shown.
For a couple of weeks, the brand new models were actually in the showrooms but were completely covered with large khaki-colored sheets. Both children and adults would try to imagine the shapes of the cars, the grills, the styles of fenders, headlights, etc. There was also exciting speculation about new pastel colors and combinations of two-tone paintings. The abundance of chrome was another major discussion point.
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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.