Mehmed II was the great Ottoman conqueror who captured Constantinople in 1453.
Because of his uncertain parentage, unhappy childhood, and turbulent adolescence while
his royal status was challenged, Mehmed became known for his great secretiveness. Once
when asked what he was planning to do, he replied, "If a hair of my beard knew, I would
pluck it out."
Most of us live lives more open than that, but we have all felt the pull of secrets. Secrets
can be a source of power when knowledge is shared by only a few. Secrets can form a
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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.