Craig Barnes has learned what it is to be a servant. And he knows what it is like to serve. He knows firsthand what it is like to be forgotten, left behind. And he knows what it is like to be a leader and looked up to.
When Craig was a teen, his mother left her husband and two sons. Craig's father, a pastor, was asked to resign from his position. His father left the church and his sons. Craig, who was sixteen, and his older brother were left to take care of themselves. They sold their parents' belongings and did their best.
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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.