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Archive for April, 2011

Don’t Ask a Question Unless You REALLY Want to Hear the Answer

cf. Acts 7:1ff

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Outline of Acts 7

  1. Stephen puts the Sanhedrin in their place via a history lesson
  2. Stephen is stoned to deat

Angel Face

When you’re looking to mess with a guy, back off if his face looks like an angel’s.

Lies

In verses 11-14, we read that some of Stephen’s enemies used liars to discredit him.

It is interesting that this technique is as popular today as it was 2000 years ago.

Max on Life: Answers and Inspiration for Today’s Questions by Max Lucado

If you enjoy Max Lucado’s style, then you will really enjoy this extended question-and-answer session with one of the most popular Christian authors of our time.

He tackles problems and questions in the following seven “H” categories: hope, hurt, help, him/her, home, haves/have-nots, and the hereafter.

If you are already convinced that Christianity and the Bible are an important¬†resource to face life’s troubles, then this is a great resource.

If you are not convinced, then this book may not be right for you.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it.

Disclaimer: the publisher gave me a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

Categories: book review, BookSneeze

Stephen

In verses 8-10, we read that Stephen’s opponents were unable to argue against him successfully.

Commentary on the Appointment of the Deacons

This link provides one interpretation of verses 1-7.

I didn’t notice, until reading the commentary, that a focus of the controversy is not that the early Church is unable or unwilling to provide for the needy.¬† Rather, it’s that non-Jewish believers are systematically overlooked in the distribution of food.

Even at the beginning of the church, there was a tendency toward excluding certain people from its benefits.

This wasn’t right 2000 years ago, and it’s not right today.

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