As we read yesterday, Stephen's faith got him into trouble with the religious leaders. They accused him of blaspheming against God and of speaking badly about the traditions of his religion. In response, Stephen starts his story with the root of that religions, which is the call of Abraham. Everything Stephen says shows how well he understands scripture and the story of his faith. The better our own understanding of our faith is, the better we are able to see the world and our faith together.