Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40)

This is one of my favourite quotes: “The problem with the world today is communication. There’s too much communication.” ~ Homer Simpson.

I love this, first of all because it speaks a lot of truth about our digital world which is inundated with communication, second of all because it was spoken by my favourite cartoon character, and thirdly because my first degree is in communications (thus a joke about communication appeals even more to my sense of humour).

Today we’re going on another adventure with Philip and there’s a lot of communication going on. Let’s take a look.

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Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8:9-25)

Today’s passage is slightly longer than the others in this series have been so far. To make it easier, we’re going to look at it in smaller chunks to try to decipher what’s going on here.

Simon the Sorcerer

8:9-13 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

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