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!

That’s life…

Having a family is all sorts of fun. There are unique challenges to be faced, as well as numerous questions to be fielded from young ones (like, “Where’s Mama?” asked seventeen times in a row by the almost-two-year-old). I couldn’t do all I do without my wife by my side. There are times of peaceful quiet. One of the more cherished events for me is being able to hold my sleeping young ones. It does not happen often, even when they are little, so it is special in a way that I can’t fully describe. Occasionally my older ones will wake up in the middle of the night and sitting up with them is what helps them go back to sleep, but usually it comes down to refilling a water cup and/or tucking them back into their blankets. Not that I don’t enjoy being able to give them even that small … Keep reading!

Happy Friday!

It’s Friday. Eight hours of work and then the weekend, the sweet taste of pending freedom! I don’t know about you, but it’s been a long week for me. I had a cold or something when I got up Monday and was pretty miserable all day, enough that I stayed home Tuesday to completely recover. I’ve felt fine since, so I think it was worth the trade off. Work has been steady this week, with several patients to tend to in my department. I’ve been struggling most of the week with whether or not this job is worth continuing. I think part of my frustration stems from a feeling of being trapped: we had to borrow from my retirement account to pay for a new furnace and A/C this spring, and we’re on a 5-year repayment plan to cover it; and our finances otherwise are such that I can’t afford … Keep reading!

Leaving a review in iTunes

If you’re not sure how to leave an iTunes review, I’m here to help! Remember, if you provide a rating AND a review of the Bite-Sized Theology podcast by midnight on July 15th, you will be eligible to win a coffee mug or T-shirt of your choice from the stores my wife and I have established. … Keep reading!

To be a writer…

I’ve not been terribly active on any of my blogging sites for quite some time, and without looking at my list of posts, I’m confident that at least the last dozen on this blog have been book reviews. Not unimportant in my mind, but also not fully in keeping with what I intended this site to be. And for that I apologize. I recently put up a post on my general blog about struggling with dissatisfaction (http://www.jwexperience.com/2017/04/14/a-long-break/). My wife and I have had some discussions lately and have come up with a few reasons we as Christians might experience dissatisfaction. Sometimes it’s God nudging us to shift our focus because something different is in the works. Other times it’s a reminder to realign our priorities because we’re actually doing what we should be and have lost sight of that. When it comes to writing, you have to write. I still want … Keep reading!

A long break…

I haven’t been active here for 2 1/2 years, and it’s strange how quickly time passes. Those who know me have seen a lot of things happen. My wife and I bought a house and have welcomed two more children (for a total of three); I’ve settled fairly well into my position as Blood Bank Lead Technologist at work; I’ve had continued back troubles; our church provided pulpit supply for almost a year to a church about 45 minutes away; and I’ve started a podcast (Bite-Sized Theology, www.bite-sizedtheology.com). That’s just a portion of what’s been going on. I’ve been in a reflective mood lately. My oldest son, Lukas, fell and broke his arm; my daughter, Melody, is a huge Daddy’s girl and I worry about how I will ever learn to tell her “No”; and my youngest son, Nathanael, was born with hypospadias and had a tongue- and lip-tie that … Keep reading!

Episode 1 – A New Podcast Is Born

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00001-ANewPodcastisBorn.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSShow notes: An introduction to this new podcast, which talks about food and the Bible. Recommendations: Sweet Maria’s Coffee www.sweetmarias.com Nelson Cheese Factory and Deli www.nelsoncheese.com Logos Bible Software www.logos.com The Art of Manliness www.artofmanliness.com Outro: “Anachronist” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Get in touch! Website: www.jwexperience.com Facebook: Bite-Sized Theology Twitter: @bite_sizedtheo E-mail:joe@jwexperience.com … Keep reading!

Welcome!

Welcome to Bite-Sized Theology! If you’re coming across this site before September 2016, odds are that it is very much under construction. I am not the savviest of individuals when it comes to websites, even with the templates and tools afforded through WordPress installations, but I also can’t afford to pay someone to design a site for me at the moment. I have found some tutorials on building my own WordPress themes and I may experiment a bit to see if I come up with something I like better than the current theme setup. I am also hoping that I will have my first podcast episode online before August is over. I have a reasonable expectation of being able to meet this goal, but please hang tight if I for some reason don’t make it. You may be wondering, “Why another podcast, especially about theology?” Those asking this question sound … Keep reading!