"What's in it for me?" One of the secrets to writing a good story is to create strong characters. A good writer looks at each character individually and asks "why?" What motivates this character to act as he or she does? In short, what's in it for them? Writers understand that characters, just like people in real life, have to be more than just "good" or "evil." There are hidden wants and needs. There have to be reasons that someone would justify doing something wrong or cruel. Don't we all just want to do the right thing? And don't we all have a sense of self-preservation?
UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
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.