Joe Hellerman

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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He is Risen! And So Have You!

By Joe Hellerman Apr. 2, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, New Testament

Are you a Friday person or a Sunday person? Each year Easter gives us a special opportunity to stop and recalibrate our outlook on life. What is the difference between a Friday person and a Sunday person? Well, a Friday person is basically a pessimist, viewing every circumstance in a negative light, and always anticipating the worst: That little noise under the hood probably means I need to have my engine rebuilt. I’ll never be able to please my demanding boss. Nobody likes me. I’ll never get out from under these financial pressures. I guess I’m just meant to have a lousy marriage. This persistent pain in my side is probably cancer. A Friday person is someone who looks at a half-glass of water and thinks, “A lot of good that’ll do. I have a whole forest fire to put out!

 

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Thriving In Ministry: 20-20 Hindsight

By Joe Hellerman Dec. 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Students often ask, What does a Christian leader need in order to experience an effective life of ministry in the local church? A key part of the answer has to do with the kinds of people we gather around ourselves. As I look back over some thirty-five years of local church ministry, four kinds of relationships (besides God and my natural family) have proven indispensable to the health and vitality of my own pilgrimage as a pastor ...

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When the Church Was a Family: ETS Plenary Address

By Joe Hellerman Nov. 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

As indicated in a previous post, Talbot School of Theology will be well represented this year at the Evangelical Theological Society's national meeting [need link here]. For those unable to attend (most of you, I assume!), here is a video clip that touches upon some key ideas that I will be sharing in my plenary address. The interviewer is Dr. Jason Cusick, a pastor at Journey of Faith Church in Manhattan Beach, CA. The clip was shown in a church service as part of a series on the church and the family.

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Shepherds, Sheep, and Talking Heads

By Joe Hellerman Oct. 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

I am often asked my opinion of the mega-church model of ministry. I find the model lacking, frankly, but not for the reasons you might think.

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When The Group Comes First

By Joe Hellerman Sep. 4, 2014 9:30 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament, Historical Theology

I recently read a fascinating book by Richard Nisbett, who compares and contrasts contemporary Asian and Western worldviews. It just so happens that the strong-group mentality of Nisbett’s Asian culture corresponds in some important ways to the mindset of people in the New Testament world.

 

 

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