Joe Hellerman

Bonhoeffer on Christian Celebrities

By Joe Hellerman Mar. 27, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

Israel cried out, “Give us a king!” (1 Samuel 8:6). Against his will, God gave his people what they wanted. A real superstar. Saul was the handsomest and tallest man around (9:2). That didn’t work out very well, did it? It never does ...

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Getting To Know My Body: Five Good Reasons To “Flee From Sexual Immorality”

By Joe Hellerman Feb. 10, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Ethics, Spiritual Formation, Theology

This year we are studying 1 Corinthians at Oceanside Christian Fellowship. I preached the message on 6:12-20, with the above title. I began by explaining Paul’s foundational principles in verse 12: (1) not all things are helpful, and (2) I will not be dominated by anything.  The rest of the sermon outlined the “Five Good Reasons” (subtitle, above) as follows ...

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The “Cool” Factor

By Joe Hellerman Nov. 4, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

I came to Christ as a last resort after a year-long quest to find God back in 1975. With two thriving evangelical churches just a few blocks from my doorstep, why did I explore the Christian faith last instead of first? The cool factor, of course! I was a long-haired, pot-smoking keyboard player in a rock band. Eastern and New Age religion were “spiritual” and cool — Christianity definitely was not ...

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Don’t Lose Faith!

By Joe Hellerman Oct. 19, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Seminary students are among the busiest people I know. Church + Family + School + Work makes for a challenging time of wise prioritizing. A Talbot professor back in the early 1980s gave his busy seminarians some pointed advice. He instructed us not to spend a lot of our time in local church ministry. “This is your training time,” he asserted, “and seminary is where you need to focus for this season of your life.” At the time it sounded like good advice. Now I’m not so sure ...

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New Commentary On Philippians

By Joe Hellerman Sep. 23, 2015 9:00 a.m. New Testament

Dr. Joseph Hellerman, Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology, talks about his volume on Philippians in the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series ...

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A Divine Appointment

By Joe Hellerman May. 27, 2015 4:00 p.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

I wrote a book titled When The Church Was A Family. Considering its rather narrow focus, it has sold pretty well. I am particularly delighted that the book has become required reading in one of our Talbot Spiritual Formation courses.

One person who has read When The Church Was A Family is Mark DeNeui. Mark is a New Testament scholar who has been training Christian leaders in Europe for over twenty years. He and his wife Lisa have been on furlough from the mission field and will shortly return to France. I was Mark’s youth pastor back in the late 1970s, I officiated at their wedding a decade or so later, and my wife and I have remained close to the DeNeuis all these years ...

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God is Back!

By Joe Hellerman Apr. 7, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Theology

Maybe you didn’t know that he was gone. He was. The prophet Ezekiel saw it all in a vision. God abandoned his temple during the Babylonian Exile in the sixth-century BC ...

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