i love your heart but you need to check your facts, acts 7 58 says that they laid their coats at the feet of a young man named saul, then it says that saul approved of the stoning of stephen (8:1) and that a great persecution broke out against the church and that saul was ravaging the church. then there is a break to talk about philip the evangelist and the etheopian. and when it gets back to the saul story it says "but saul, STILL breathing threats and murder..." he went and got permission to attack christians in damascus and on the way Jesus appeared to him on the road and he was converted.
this word "still" means that it is the same saul as talked about previous, the same saul persecuting the church the same saul who approved of stephens execution, the same saul who the people laid their coats at his feet. this is where luke introduces saul, starting with stephens execution.
not that your statement is a big deal in and of itself but i don't know where you got the idea that it was just a rumor when its stated clearly in the word. we need to be careful to do thurough research about everything we claim reguarding the bible and the things taught in it. remember that James warned that not many should become teachers because they will incure a stricter judgment. posting a blog is a form of teaching, in that its intent is to inform and teach others.
i agree with your interpretation of his thorn in the flesh, that its not strictly an illness, although i'm not sure its refering specifically to those following him, he does say that it was a messenger of satan, so it seems to be more of a spiritual thorn than a physical thorn although the gospels provide lots of cases where demons can cause physical ailments (albeit through possession and believers cannot be possessed)
and last, although paul wrote the most letters and has had the largest influence on the western church, more was actually written about Jesus and of all the authors Luke actually wrote the most verses, followed by the apostle John.
i love you and i'm only concerned about us holding each other accountable for biblical accuracy, continue to study and proclaim the word
1st thessalonians 4:1 in Christ, Ben