The coming election brings issues of leadership to the fore. In fact, with the glut of campaign ads, we can hardly help but think about it, and the same is true for our laypeople. So for this week's installment of The Immediate Word, we have chosen to examine, from a gospel perspective, the matter of what it means to be a leader. We've asked TIW team member Carlos Wilton, pastor of Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, to write on the topic, using as a basis this Sunday's lectionary gospel text from Matthew 23.
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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.