A woman from our presbytery attended a conference that dealt with mission in Africa, and many Africans were in attendance. What impressed her the most was that when the Africans introduced themselves, they said "hello" and stated their names, but they always added: "I am a Christian." How different that is from what we often do. When people ask us who we are, usually we describe ourselves according to the work that we do: "I am a plumber" or "I am a nurse" or "I am a seventh grader." But those Africans have the right idea.
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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.