Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Conversion of Saint Paul by Fr. MacRae


If there is anyone in your life for whom you have come close to giving up any hope for redemption or fundamental change, then this week's post on These Stone Walls is for you.  Please read and share with others "The Conversion of Saint Paul and the Cost of Discipleship."


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. . . Saint Stephen, the first martyr in the Christian world, was stoned to death. Stephen was one of “The Seven” appointed to serve tables – the traditional role of a deacon – in the Church at Jerusalem. He was brought before the Sanhedrin to answer for placing final authority in Christ instead of in the high priest and Temple. The mob was stirred up against him by the Sanhedrin, and he was stoned. No one present at the stoning of Saint Stephen could have possibly predicted the transformation of Saul into the Apostle Paul. Consider this one passage and feel its chill: . . .

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