Acts 8:1-3. Stephen got murdered by a mob of religious leaders, and the floodgates opened. Saul took the lead in rounding up Christians, and the young church was forced to get outta Dodge.
For the first 40 years of the church persecution came from the Jews, but after that the Romans took over and perfected the art. In this episode I offer a lightning summary of the major Roman persecutions of the early church in addition to, you know, talking about the passage in Acts that’s up next.
Matt Whitman believes in God and thinks things are funny. He was raised in Fort Collins, Colorado before moving to Chicago where he graduated from Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He met his wife Camilla on his first day of college in his first class. They’ve got three kids together and now live in the mountains of beautiful western Wyoming where Matt works as the Senior Pastor of the Lander Evangelical Free Church. Matt’s a teach-straight-through-books-of-the-Bible kind of guy and uses his appreciation of history, humor, culture, and narrative to help people understand God’s Word. In addition to church and family, Matt throws a lot of time at filmmaking. He writes, acts, and directs and also hosts a YouTube program called The Ten Minute Bible Hour in which he teaches books of the Bible in a tight, informative, and funny format.