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Jerry L Hillyer
Salem, Ohio
Second career Special Education teacher.
Interests: Education, theology, Pearl Jam, writing, blogging, reading, special education
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Thanks to all who have visited this incarnation of my blog life over the past several years. The time has come to retire this blog. I have moved all content to my previous blog, Life Under the Blue Sky. You can find it here: Thanks again. I have enjoyed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Learning while Teaching
I should state at the outset of my review that I am a white, 46 year-old, educated, public special education teacher who happens also to be a man. I am a Christian and I have bachelors degree in theology and bible teaching and a masters degree in education. I am... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Learning while Teaching
I was almost immediately turned off by this book when one of the first things I saw was a quote by Shane Claiborne. I pressed on because that's the deal and eventually arrived at page 24-25. What I read on those two pages inspired me to press on further: From... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Learning while Teaching
In today's circles of American Churchianity, leadership is all the rage. There are seminars, Twitter pages, books galore, and so much more teaching us how to be the leaders we ought to be in the world and in the church. Walk into a Christian book store and I'm certain you... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Learning while Teaching
I suppose the right thing to do, based on the current status of this book on Amazon (95% of the reviews are 5-Star), is to write a favorable, positive review and post it for everyone to read and enjoy. I'm a little late to the game so I feel no... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Learning while Teaching
This is a very nice book as far as its aesthetic value is concerned. I like very much the compact size and the faux leather appearance. The cover is also imprinted with a verse of Scripture (Psalm 145:18) and some trees along the spine. The copy I received also contains... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2016 at Learning while Teaching
I preached a couple of weeks ago (again!) and I decided to use Matthew 13 as my text. I had been doing some light research on the chapter and taught a little of it in my Sunday school class so I took the next logical step and went ahead with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Learning while Teaching
Part 3: What the Church Needs. Now. We've been taking the last Sunday of each month the past couple of months to visit other churches in our area. This, in conjunction with our travels to preach in various churches, gives us the opportunity to see how the Lord is working... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Learning while Teaching
Part 2 of 3: What the Church Needs to be Preaching. Now. In part one of this short series of posts, I talked about what I think the church needs to be doing now, namely, preparing the way for the coming of Jesus. By preparing the way, I mean: calling... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Learning while Teaching
Part 1 of 3: What the Church Needs to be Doing. Now. Been thinking about church. I do that a lot for some reason. It's not like I have anything else to do with my time. (/sarcasm). The truth is, I'm fairly heavily involved with my local church through helping... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Learning while Teaching
Me and a friend have been working our way through some pretty good books. I'm just a little more ahead of him, but he is plowing his way through slowly and making some amazing discoveries in the works of Scott McKnight and NT Wright among others. We have both had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
Read: Matthew 12; Exodus; 1 Kings 1-11 In his short little book simply titled Following Jesus, NT Wright waltzes through several New Testament books and explores their main themes and ideas. Among the books explored is the Gospel according to Matthew. Of Matthew he writes: Matthew's whole gospel is, in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
One day I was scrolling through my twitter feed and this person I follow posted a link to this book. The link said the book was free. I wrote to the person who posted it, never heard back, waited a few days and downloaded the free Kindle version of this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
In case you don't want to open your book, here's Matthew 11. I have only a couple of thoughts today. After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. 2 When John, who was in prison, heard... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
I know that the popular thing to do when getting free books in exchange for reviews is to write a wildly favorable review that causes readers to swoon and books sales to accelerate. Every time I write a review for one of these publishers, and the review happens to be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
I was contacted by the author of the Smile & Succeed for Teens and asked if I would be willing to read and review the book on my blog. I agreed and several or a few days later I received a small packet in the mail from the author which... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
Eugene Peterson wrote, in his book Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, "Jesus' imagery, to be followed soon by his sacrifice, is totally counter to our culture of more, more. Could Jesus have made it any clearer? We don't become more, we become less. Instead of grasping more tightly to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
I'm still thinking about chapter 8 to an extent--that Jesus we follow who mixes and mingles and heals people that we typically reject. Jesus didn't consider himself better than them--which is exactly how we tend to think of most people. We tend to stick with our own because it's comfortable... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
The eight chapter of Matthew, close on the heels of the Sermon on the Mount, is a spectacular introduction to the Jesus we follow. What is probably most amazing is the variety of people that Jesus meets along the way after he came down from teaching. This is probably significant.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
If you have to force something, you really need to ask if it is love. If it isn't love, you really need to ask yourself if you are of Messiah. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
Read: Matthew 6 Let's be short today. Maybe. Matthew six is a chapter that has been abused and misused by preachers throughout the ages. And by pew-sitters too. I'll be honest when I say that it is not a terribly complicated passage of Scripture to understand, but it's not necessarily... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
Read: Matthew 5; Galatians 5; Exodus At its very core, Advent is a time to think about the first coming of Messiah and, perhaps, to telescope that thinking into the future and his Second Revelation. When we take the time to pause and think about the Advent of our Lord,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
Read: Matthew 4; Daniel 7; Isaiah 52-53; Romans 10 "Nowhere in scripture is it set out more clearly that the kingdom of the one true God stands over against the kingdoms of the world, judging them, calling them to account, condemning them, and vindicating God's people" than in the Book... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
Read: Matthew 3; Psalm 2; Isaiah 42; Genesis 22; 1 Peter 1:1-12 It is quite impossible for me to overstate how important it is for us to see the big picture in the Bible. We are so accustomed to reading the Bible to find either how to be saved (in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Learning while Teaching
Read: Matthew 2; Psalm 2; Revelation 12; Genesis 12 I thought a little more about that genealogy from Matthew chapter 1: "The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham." So, in some way, Jesus is related to David and Abraham. OK. And... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Learning while Teaching