Life goes on…

Time moves forward and there is nothing that can stop it. I was reminded of that during a recent visit to my grandpa’s farm to celebrate his 89th birthday. Where did the time go? I have poignant memories of visits to the farm over the years, but this was my first visit in over 2 1/2 years, which made the changes seem that much more obvious. Driving a route that I could normally traverse with my eyes closed, I missed the final turn because a landmark sign for the nursery on the property just north of my Grandpa’s was no longer there; the owner had retired. Would this be a sign of things to come? Once on the right road, the late afternoon shadows cast by the silo had the barn so hidden that I wondered if it had been taken down. It wasn’t until I was a quarter-mile or … Keep reading!

Do it for the children!

I had some pictures show up in my Facebook feed yesterday that got me thinking. These pictures were of my daughter from birth until about 1 1/2. I am beyond blessed in my family, a loving and amazing wife and fantastic children. No matter how frustrated I might be in the rest of my life, reflecting on the blessings at home for just a few minutes reminds me of all that God has done. Yet many in positions similar to mine don’t look at it this way. They find themselves dissatisfied with married or family life and ignore the blessings God has provided. Many proceed quickly to divorce, others stick it out “for the kids”. Neither of these options are God-honoring. Kids are more perceptive than we often realize. They notice little things and will usually ask questions. “What’s that behind your back?” they ask when you try to sneak … Keep reading!

Church…or no?

I recently saw this meme come through my Facebook feed. Perhaps you’ve seen it, too. This kind of attitude is something I find quite disturbing. I’ve seen many statistics speaking about how church attendance in America is dwindling, particularly in my age group and younger. There are a variety of reasons given for this trend. The reason with which I am most familiar is a lack of continuity when it comes to biblical authority. Claiming the Bible to be the infallible Word of God and then contradicting it when it comes to Genesis and the origins of the universe is an inconsistency that is readily seen, though the creation account is not the sole province of finding fault with Scripture. Anytime someone says that what the Bible says isn’t quite the way things happen, they are undermining the authority of Scripture and giving a reason to walk away from the faith. … Keep reading!

Episode 35 – The Good Shepherd

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00035-TheGoodShepherd.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAs always, be sure to leave a rating and review on iTunes or your favorite podcast catcher. Share this and other episodes with your friends, too! Joe got to preach the evening service at his church on 9/10, and he was also working the weekend, so rather than stress about coming up with a separate episode he decided to record the sermon and provide it here for all of you. Grab your Bible and check out John 10 for this discussion. My wife’s Facebook T-shirt store: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ASourceOfJoyGraphics/shop/?rid=137999116259842&rt=39 Reformation T-shirts: 500 Years of Reformation Just Fixing Your Theology Amazon Affiliate Link: Like the Shepherd: Leading Your Marriage with Love and Grace by Robert Wolgemuth Get in touch: Website: www.jwexperience.com Facebook: Bite-Sized Theology https://www.facebook.com/groups/1643844862602170/ Twitter: @bite_sizedtheo E-mail: joe@jwexperience.com Intro: “Alarming News (60 seconds)” https://www.shockwave-sound.com/royalty-free-music-track/8584/alarming-news Sweet Brown – Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That http://www.mp3ye.eu/sweet-brown-ain’t-nobody-got-time-for-that-mp3-download_255151.html … Keep reading!

The Lord Is My Shepherd

If you’ve read through the backlog of blog posts or know me personally, you know that I’ve struggled with lower back problems since December 2011. I’ve been incapacitated from a herniated disc between my L4 and L5 vertebrae to the point that I missed 4-5 weeks of work on two separate occasions, 3-4 consecutive days a couple of other times, and have dealt with chronic pain for at least a couple of years. I’d seen some marked improvement this summer, but am now about 5 weeks into a period of mild-to-moderate inconvenience where I’ve managed to get through an entire shift at work and then been more or less physically worthless the rest of the evening. It’s frustrating, to say the least. Lately I’ve been reading about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. I read Robert Wolgemuth’s Like The Shepherd, which calls husbands to shepherd their wives. It was solid enough, though … Keep reading!

Episode 34 – The Nashville Statement

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00034-TheNashvilleStatement.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAs always, be sure to leave a rating and review on iTunes or your favorite podcast catcher. Share this and other episodes with your friends, too! In what will likely prove to be the most controversial episode to date (and, possibly, ever), Joe discusses and affirms the recently signed Nashville Statement, a document which itself affirms orthodox Christian views of sexuality. This document will be seen as an attack by the church on all non-heterosexual positions, but it is not meant as a cudgel with which to bludgeon but a call to Christians to maintain biblical consistency. The Nashville Statement My wife’s Facebook T-shirt store: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ASourceOfJoyGraphics/shop/?rid=137999116259842&rt=39 Reformation T-shirts: 500 Years of Reformation Just Fixing Your Theology Amazon Affiliate Link: Like the Shepherd: Leading Your Marriage with Love and Grace by Robert Wolgemuth Get in touch: Website: www.jwexperience.com Facebook: Bite-Sized Theology https://www.facebook.com/groups/1643844862602170/ Twitter: … Keep reading!

Don’t forget to rate and review the podcast!

Hey everyone, Joe here with a friendly reminder to pop over to iTunes (or your favorite podcast catcher) and give Bite-Sized Theology a rating and review to be entered into a drawing to win a copy of all six books in The Truth Chronicles series. The books are autographed by Tim and me, which drastically reduces their resale value, but what can you do? After you’ve left your rating and review, send an e-mail to joe@jwexperience.com and let me know the username you used for your review so I know who you are. Positive reviews and 5-star ratings are highly appreciated, but any and all reviews and ratings will be eligible for the drawing. The deadline is set for this Thursday, August 31st, 2017, at midnight. … Keep reading!

Episode 33 – Legalism, Liberty, and License

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00033-LegalismLibertyLicense.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSBe sure to leave a rating AND review through iTunes (or whatever podcast catcher you use) and then e-mail the username used and the location the review was left to joe@jwexperience.com to be entered to win a 6-volume set of The Truth Chronicles, co-written by me and my friend, Tim. It seems that the American church tends toward one of two extremes: legalism and license. Legalism basically boils down to attempting to please God and add to your salvation by adhering strictly to the words of Scripture AND attempting to force others to follow your own definitions/interpretations, even when Scripture is silent on a particular issue. License is basically saying, “God has forgiven me, therefore I can do absolutely anything I want.” Neither view is correct. In this somewhat disjointed episode, Joe attempts to explain what it means to be living in … Keep reading!