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When the Church Was a Family calls believers back to the wisdom of the first century, examining the early Christian church from a sociohistorical ...
When the Church Was a Family calls believers back to the wisdom of the first century, examining the early Christian church from a sociohistorical perspective and applying the findings to the evangelical church in America today. With confidence, author Joseph Hellerman writes intentionally to traditional church leaders and emerging church visionaries alike, believing what is detailed here about Jesus’ original vision for authentic Christian community will deeply satisfy the relational longings of both audiences.
Posted October 17, 2009
This book has useful information concerning the family of God concept and the mentality of individualism in churches and members. However, Hellerman makes a few broad statements that when thought through does not hold water. And to justify what he says, he excludes information and alters Scripture Texts' meanings. He did hide a few things in the footnotes as well. Also, the author has an issue with "western civilization" that rears its ugly head numerous times in the book (after chapter 2, I was like, "Okay, I get it, you do not like western culture...). I would not recommend this book on the grounds of scholarly work.
While it did contain good information, I feel like the book could have been condensed down to about 40 pages from the 240.
Posted September 1, 2009
The book depicts the author's vision of what a church family should be based on life in the first century church. The author documents through Bible stories and scripture verses the hierarchy of family relationships and loyalty. Through this family relationship, the church family is adopted in.
The book is interesting, thoughtful, and well written. The author believes that the Bible shows that Christians should be accountable to the church family not only for his/her behavior, but also for vocation, spouse, and residence. The author believes that a Christian's loyalty is to the church family over the spouse and children, based on the blood-based orientation to kinship. This Mediterranean-style family would require the male to be loyal to his brothers over his spouse and children (the church family being the adopted brothers and sisters).
Pastors, church leaders, and those wanting to learn more about the first-century church will enjoy this book.
Posted February 7, 2011
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