Acts 8:9-25 Simon Magus

Simon of Samaria, known to the Christian tradition as Simon Magus, is one of those rare characters in scripture who have a particular sin...

Acts 8:1-8 And Saul approved of their killing him

And Saul approved of their killing him. This single sentence is key to what Luke is trying to convey in Acts. People are redeemable....

Acts 7:1-60 The Second Retelling

The first retelling of the story of Jesus and the disciples took place on the day of Pentecost, and Peter was the storyteller. This...

Acts 6:8-15 Changing the Customs

Every group, every family, every community has traditions, many of which are unspoken, unacknowledged even by the group that adheres to them, especially if...

Acts 6:1-7 The First Order of Ministry

Already there were two social identities at odd with each other within the community of the disciples, those who identify as Hebrews and those...

Acts 5:27-42 Gamaliel’s Freedom

I’ve talked about control many times while writing this blog, and now I think it’s time to share something I was given near the...

Acts 5:1-11 Learning to Live Under Discipline

Imagine this story being told around the table at one of the many meals that Paul presided over, Luke sitting to one side and...

Acts 4:32-37 Giving and Receiving

It’s the generosity of the church that has always helped her to grow and give meaning to people’s lives. Long after the humble group...

Acts 4:23-41 The Community Threatened

No sooner has the community of the first church come together than it is threatened and afraid. All these early Christians really want to...

Acts 4:1-22 Uneducated and Ordinary Men

From the first, Luke was more than aware of the kind of egotism and vanity that can arise in communities. As he traveled with...