Joe Hellerman

When The Church Was A Family—Even From Town To Town!

By Joe Hellerman May. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Missions, New Testament

... Among the unique aspects of early Christianity, when compared to other religious options in the ancient world, are the relationships the early Christians shared across geographical boundaries. The church was a family—not only locally but also from town to town ...

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A Hill to Die On: How Biblical Backgrounds Help Make Scripture More Engaging

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

Last Saturday evening, my wife and I had a delightful dinner out with two of our very best friends, John and Leah Hutchison. Before we left the house, I had about fifteen minutes to kill while Joann was still getting ready. The nerd in me has something laying right on my nightstand for just such occasions: a volume of Josephus’ Antiquities. I picked it up, intending to read a little Greek, and stumbled across a story that had escaped my memory but is worth revisiting ...

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A “Give-Away” Church

By Joe Hellerman Feb. 12, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

I am working on a sermon about the church at Antioch (Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3). As I prepare, I am struck by the open-handed generosity of this church, with respect both to financial resources and personnel.

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Wright On, Part Two

By Joe Hellerman Jan. 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

I am not particularly enthralled with the spiritual gifts debate that is currently undergoing a renaissance of sorts, via John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference and publications. Been there. Done that. I was a new believer when the same debate was raging back in the late 1970s, and it is a bit discouraging to see the church divided, once again, over a topic that was beat into the ground a generation ago. 

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Wright On?, Part One

By Joe Hellerman Jan. 7, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Historical Theology, New Testament, Old Testament

One of my self-imposed projects over the January break is to read through N. T. Wright’s (most recent) magnum opus, Paul and the Faithfulness of God. The work is actually two separate books (@ 600 and 1200 pages, respectively!). Book I is primarily concerned with backgrounds, and Paul’s worldview vis-à-vis paganism and Judaism. Book II deals with Paul’s theology and more directly engages the text of his letters.

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Interview with Brett McCracken

By Joe Hellerman Nov. 7, 2013 4:13 p.m. Theology, Church Life, Culture

Allow me to introduce you to Brett McCracken. Brett is a Talbot student and Biola employee whom God is using in some very strategic ways to represent Jesus and his people at the national level. I became acquainted with Brett through my oversight of the Good Book Blog. I am thankful and proud that this humble and gifted young man is part of the Biola/Talbot community, and I think that you will be, too, after you read the following interview.

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I Ran Across A Wedding Today

By Joe Hellerman Oct. 24, 2013 2:28 p.m. Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

Literally. This morning I was jogging on the beach and came across four people: (1) a minister, (2)  photographer, (3) a young man in a tux, and (4) a young lady in a wedding dress. I think the ceremony had just ended, because they were signing the marriage license as I ran by. What was sad was that there was not another person in sight.

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