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Posted: September 22, 2021


Colleagues and former students of Hope International University’s longtime professor, Dr. Joe Grana, have compiled a book in honor of the beloved educator and minister. Looking Both Ways: At the Intersection of the Academy and the Church—Essays in Honor of Joseph C. Grana II was recently released by Claremont Press. Topics range from biblical studies (“Once More with Feeling: Communicating the Pain of Mark’s Jesus”) to ministry and pedagogy (“Taking Over for a Beloved Pastor: A Case Study” and “On the Importance of Friendship: Pedagogy for the Priesthood of All Believers”).

Each of the book’s 15 chapters is authored by a different person writing from their area of expertise and passion. Contributors include David Matson, Carl Toney, Bill Baker, Kelly Dagley, Mike Goldsworthy, Jeremy Jernigan, Amy Smith Carman, Mark Krause, Steve Edgington, Bryan Sands, and co-editors Curtis Holtzen and J. Blair Wilgus, among others. The forward is written by  Paul Alexander, HIU’s President.

The writers represent just a few of the innumerable students, alumni, and colleagues Grana influenced during his distinguished tenure at Hope International University. Dr. Grana taught faithfully at HIU for more than 30 years, including time as Dean of Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies. Now semi-retired, he continues to serve as HIU as Special Assistant to President Alexander. Grana also serves as a part-time teaching pastor at Refinery Christian Church in Goodyear, AZ.


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