Pulling off the exit ramp on a highway in Pennsylvania, I saw a sign that caught my
attention. It was part of a collection of blue informational signs that featured no words,
just icons accompanied by directional arrows. For example, here was a little blue sign
with images of a fork and spoon on it, along with an arrow pointing to the left. Then there
was a sign with a little gas pump icon and another arrow pointing to the left. Next there
was a sign with a picture of a tent and an arrow pointing to the right. And then, finally,
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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.