Acts 6:1-7

In any romantic relationship, you remember the “firsts.” First date, first kiss, and – inevitably – first fight. Here in Acts 6, after the almost idealistic start (Pentecost, and the almost-too-perfect community described in Acts 2) we get the first hint of significant conflict¬†within the fledgling church. And, as is sadly so often the case,… Continue reading Acts 6:1-7

Acts 6:8-15

Yesterday’s story (about how the church solved the tension between Hebraists and Hellenists over the distribution of food to widows) also introduced the next important figure in Acts: Stephen. He was one of the seven Hellenists chosen to oversee the care of widows. Today, we find out he’s also a passionate evangelist. 6:8 Now Stephen,… Continue reading Acts 6:8-15