In Acts, we are given the example of Stephen–a deacon, prophet, and preacher–whose love reveals the very love of God for all of us.

The killing of Stephen and the opening of our hearts
Easter 5A  |  Acts 7:55-60

Why do they kill Stephen?

Our lectionary jumps in at the very end of a two chapter story. A story about Stephen, our patron saint. After all the explanation of who he is, what he says, and why it makes the people angry enough to kill him, then they jump in. So let’s back up a little bit.

In chapter 6, it says that

Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.

And, much like Jesus himself, Stephen was confronted by some in authority who took issue with his theology. Or, closer, the political implications of his theology. They didn’t like what he was saying about them, perhaps, or what becomes of God in Stephen’s telling.

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