A colleague of mine once decried the way that people in his congregation wished to sing
only Christmas songs during Advent. They had been so captured by the commercial
culture that they no longer knew how to wait and wonder and wish and weep during
Advent. My friend said that he refused to allow for the singing of Christmas hymns or
carols before the third Sunday of Advent.
Well, the third Sunday of Advent has arrived, and the Old Testament and epistle
lectionary passages are indeed a call to sing -- with joy, with gusto, with hope, with
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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.