W. S. Gilbert, one-half of the famous "Gilbert and Sullivan" opera-writing team, was
famous for his biting satire. He took every opportunity, in the lyrics and dialogue he
wrote, to skewer the English ruling classes. Yet, even beyond his satirical operas, Gilbert
was quite the practical joker.
One of his most famous practical jokes was a telegram he sent one day to every member
of the British cabinet. "Flee at once," the anonymous message warned, "all is
discovered!" Within 48 hours -- so the story goes -- every member of the British cabinet
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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.