Nathan Soderblom was a pastor, professor, and archbishop of Uppsala, Sweden.
Soderblom's ministry in Europe and America brought Christians together in communion
and service. In 1920, he helped organize what later became the World Council of
Churches. He trusted Christ's grace to bind Christians together. In practice, however, he
found that doctrine divides Christians yet service unites. The differences
between Christians aren't trivial, but before or without theological consensus churches
can cooperate in practical ways benefiting humanity.
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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.