Last night, my family and I watched the final part of The Bible. I was particularly struck by Con O’Neill’s portrayal of Paul, and the provided dialogue that guided his performance. In the episode, it is Paul who confronts Stephen about his preaching and who also riles a crowd up to stone the young preacher. Of course, this is a stylized version of Acts 6:8-8:1, where Stephen does preach before the Jewish religious leaders and where Paul is present for Stephen’s stoning. However, all Luke records for us in terms of Paul’s participation is that he held the cloaks of those who stoned our first martyr (Acts 7:58). Yet, it does provide the motivation for Paul’s holy war against the first Christians, which we read about in Acts 8. As Acts 9 tells us, Paul is given orders to go as far north as Damascus to arrest Christians. On the way, however, he has a “come to Jesus moment”—literally. Blinded and broken, Paul is taken to Damascus where a Christian named Ananias preaches to Paul, heals him of his blindness and baptizes him. Paul is now ready to “proclaim Christ crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:23). However, the initial reception to Paul’s conversion is not positive. Yet, in a fleeting moment, Paul offers his only sermon in the miniseries—the famous words of 1 Corinthians 13. He preaches about love and forgiveness, how God has offered both to him and how Paul now wants to offer (and receive) both from others. “Love is patient; love is kind. . .It bears all things. . .Love never ends” (13:4, 7, 8).