Conflict and Change: Paul’s Relationship with Early Christian Leaders

Conflict and Change: Paul’s Relationship with Early Christian Leaders

There are several issues in Galatians 2:1-14 that I am going to discuss this week that provide insight into confrontation and the resolution of disputes amongst early Christ followers. These issues also relate to last week’s discussion on the issue of authority. The first relates to Paul’s relationship to the apostolic leadership in Jerusalem; seco

From Persecutor to Radical Christ Follower:  The Backdrop to Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

From Persecutor to Radical Christ Follower: The Backdrop to Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

  The story of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, in this quarter’s Sabbath school lesson, begins with its author. To learn about this main character, the reader must turn to other materials in the New Testament to discover who Paul is and what motivates his reaction to the situation that arose in the church in Galatia. Acts 7 introduces a malevo

Crash and Burn: Transformative Lessons from Paul’s Epic Fail

Crash and Burn: Transformative Lessons from Paul’s Epic Fail

“You can believe that if you want—and be wrong and burn in hell!” I shouted to a coworker while passionately pounding on the table we were both sitting at. It was our lunch break, and I was speaking to him about the Saturday/Sunday “Sabbath” debate we’d been having. I had clearly won this disagreement by sharing only the biblical proof texts and hi