Clashes in the Book of Acts (Part 5)

This final entry in our series on social clashes in Acts comes at a time when American politics is full of clash-drama. In the case of Trump and the mainstream media, for example, we can observe Trump’s explicit promotion of a clash as a way to garner more power through a ‘divide-and-conquer’ strategy. Peter and […]

Clashes in the Book of Acts (Part 4)

As our series on the Jewish-Gentile conflict in Acts enters the new year, we are now ready to study the climax of the Jerusalem Council story. This summit meeting, happening around 50 AD, nicely illustrates how a positive outcome to a resolution process often stems from good process choices made by the main stakeholders. Before […]

Clashes in the Book of Acts (Part 3)

We now turn to the city of Antioch as we track Jewish-Gentile clashes in the Book of Acts. But before we delve into the relevant texts, I want to point out that ancient Antioch is where present day Antakya is in Turkey, situated about 60 miles west of Aleppo, Syria. Due to the influx of […]

Clashes in the Book of Acts (Part 2)

Examining the clashes between social groups in the Book of Acts certainly resonates with the frequent episodes of racial tensions we hear about in today’s news. In both settings we can track the way clashes have an element of intense emotion. They also include an ideation or cognitive element, but for now we can note […]

Clashes in the Book of Acts (Part 1)

The Book of Acts is itself a case study in social clashes that resulted in varying degrees of resolution. This new series will primarily look at conflicts that were internal to the new emerging church. Certainly there are many narratives where missionary efforts led to major clashes with local residents who represented the interests of […]