Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.
We might just blow right by this little story in Acts. This second book of Luke’s two-part gospel story is filled with early Christ-followers going all over the place as the movement exploded across the ancient near east and the Mediterranean. And this comes across as just another routine instance according to the writer’s pattern.
But Samaria. There is fire in this word! There is a deep history of animosity and fighting dating back hundreds of years. Red and Blue on steroids, over centuries, born from a shared trauma. It hints at the ridiculous lengths to which God’s love and our baptismal identity and calling goes.
Enter into worship.
Sunday's Texts: Isaiah 43:1-7 † Psalm 29 † Acts 8:14-17 † Luke 3:15-22
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