Acts 7:1-53. The religious establishment hasn’t been kind to Peter and John to put it mildly, but maybe they’ll respond more positively to a different voice. They just arrested Stephen (a Greek Jew) on bogus charges and now he’s standing in front of the religious elites with a chance to explain this whole Jesus thing in a way that might avert catastrophe.
Will Stephen say whatever he has to in order to make nice, or are the religious leaders in for another stern rebuke?
Either way, this tension is coming to a head and we’re approaching a watershed moment in the history of the relationship between the Jewish Jesus-followers and the Jewish religious establishment.
This is a monster episode. I won’t make a habit of 30 minute shows, but I wanted to handle this whole huge speech at once, and there was no way around it. Get comfy!
Matt Whitman believes in God and thinks things are funny. He was raised in Fort Collins, Colorado before moving to Chicago where he graduated from Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He met his wife Camilla on his first day of college in his first class. They’ve got three kids together and now live in the mountains of beautiful western Wyoming where Matt works as the Senior Pastor of the Lander Evangelical Free Church. Matt’s a teach-straight-through-books-of-the-Bible kind of guy and uses his appreciation of history, humor, culture, and narrative to help people understand God’s Word. In addition to church and family, Matt throws a lot of time at filmmaking. He writes, acts, and directs and also hosts a YouTube program called The Ten Minute Bible Hour in which he teaches books of the Bible in a tight, informative, and funny format.