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According to Luke’s account in Acts 8, Simon’s crime that earned Peter’s harsh rebuke was that Simon, seeing the “power” exercised by Peter and John, attempted to buy that gift of God from the apostles.
When Luke describes Philip’s ministry in Acts chapter 8, he goes to some lengths to make it clear that Philip’s teaching had a powerful impact on the crowds.
I may have missed something that to the rest of the Christian world is utterly self-evident, but the second Scripture reading appointed in the Revised Common Lectionary for this coming Sunday seems to me to be a curious and a troubling little passage buried in chapter 8 of the Book of Acts.
Like John the Baptist, Philip from Bethsaida, bears testimony to his experience of Jesus.