It is very easy to be servants of the word without disturbing the world: a very
spiritualized word, a word without any commitment to history, a word that can sound in
any part of the world because it belongs to no part of the world. A word like that creates
no problems, starts no conflicts.
What starts conflicts and persecutions, what marks the genuine church, is the word that,
burning like the word of the prophets, proclaims and accuses: proclaims to the people
God's wonders to be believed and venerated, and accuses of sin those who oppose God's
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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.