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Acts 8:1 And Saul approved of their killing [Stephen].
Many of us may be familiar with the killing of Stephen—the first person to die for proclaiming the good news. We may even remember that Saul, the guy who holds the coats of the men who are stoning Stephen, goes on to have a vision of Jesus that changes the entire direction of his life—and even his name, from Saul to Paul. Over the next few weeks, we will see the stories in Acts shift from Peter’s leadership to Paul’s.
Saul the sinner and Stephen the saint become intimately connected in this story, and we have to wonder how Stephen’s profession of faith and graciousness in death marks Saul. Does it prime Saul to be ready to meet Jesus on the road to Damascus? How is his hard heart softened by Stephen’s angelic face?
MOVING FORWARD: When have you been Saul? When have you been Stephen?
Good Book Club Reading: Acts 8:1-8