First episode of a six-episode series called Expanding the Table. In this episode, we explore the story of Stephen, one of the first deacons and martyrs in the growing early church. This story, especially Stephen’s speech, is filled with Old Testament imagery as well as Jesus’ teaching. The reality is that Stephen challenged the exact religious leaders that Jesus also challenged. The same religious leaders that assisted the Romans in crucifying Jesus. Stephen challenges the very notions of how, when and whom are to worship.