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!

Episode 32 – A Fool and His Money

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00032-AFoolAndHisMoney.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. Money. We all need it, we often want it. Money makes the world go ’round. But money, or rather our use of it, reflects our love for God. Hitting a few verses that relate to budgeting and eliminating debt, Joe opens up a bit about his own struggles with money and encourages you to do better. Amazon Affiliate Links: The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey http://amzn.to/2ih3LDA Money, Possessions, & Eternity by Randy Alcorn http://amzn.to/2vQCk8n YNAB Referral Link https://ynab.com/referral/?ref=o-4U8SC8sbXGFZby&utm_source=customer_referral 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 … Keep reading!

Book Review: The Coalwood Way

Title: The Coalwood way Author: Homer Hickam Publisher: Island Books (September 4, 2001) Language: English Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle Pages: 318 (Hardcover edition from the library) In what author Homer Hickam has described as an equal, not a sequel, to his first memoir, October Sky, we revisit the mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia and get a more detailed look at about a year’s worth of time, covering essentially from Christmas of Hickam’s junior year of high school through Christmas of his senior year. While October Sky had considerable focus on the Rocket Boys and their rocket building adventures, this volume deals more with home life and determining the cause(s) of Homer’s bouts with sadness/depression. It reads quickly like October Sky, and I would recommend reading that first to get an overall impression of the author and the time and place in which he lived so that The Coalwood Way will have something to … Keep reading!

Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

Title: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity Author: Nabeel Qureshi Publisher: Zondervan, Expanded Edition (April 19, 2016) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 368 This excellent book was a quick and highly enjoyable read. It was not what I would call a hard-and-fast Christian apologetic, although apologetic information is frequently mentioned. Rather, much of it is an autobiography of the author’s journey from Islam to Christianity (the title of the book should indicate as such). I found the background information on Islam in general and Nabeel’s upbringing to be insightful and learned a few things I had not previously known. Theological disparity exists in Islam much as it does in Christianity; while perhaps not an exact representation, Islam appears to suffer from denominationalism much the same as the Christian faith. Additional difficulty is found between first generation (Eastern; born/raised in primarily Muslim countries) and second generation (Western, … Keep reading!

Book Review: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Title: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy Author: Eric Metaxas Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Reprint Edition (April 18, 2010) Language: English Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle Pages: 608 (hardcover) I first heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in 2007 when I saw the second half or so of the movie about his life. My wife and I have some fun jabbing back and forth of the things that neither of us were exposed to in our youth, and this is one where she gets me; historical figures of the Christian faith were not a high priority in my growing years, which is a real shame (and something I’m attempting to correct for myself and encourage in my family and all of you reading this). Bonhoeffer was born in 1906 to a family of great intellectual and theological background, and much to his family’s chagrin he knew by the time he was 13 that he wanted … Keep reading!

Episode 31 – Is The New Testament Historically Reliable? Part 3

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00031-IsTheNewTestamentHistoricallyReliablePart3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this episode, Joe examines the third principle of historiography, The External Evidence Test. People, places, and Christian beliefs have been attested to by numerous extra-biblical and even non-Christian sources throughout history, lending additional credibility to the truth of Christianity. Amazon Affiliate Links: The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict: Evidence I & II Fully Updated in One Volume To Answer The Questions Challenging Christians in the 21st Century by Josh McDowell http://amzn.to/2vjIEpS Evidence for Christianity by Josh McDowell http://amzn.to/2fkrsda The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F.F. Bruce http://amzn.to/2f0bmp4 The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History by Colin J. Hemer (SUPER EXPENSIVE!) http://amzn.to/2fDQWCC 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 its-not-that-easy.wav and wait-a-minute.wav http://www.pacdv.com/sounds/voices-4.html Joel Osteen “Ease is … Keep reading!

Episode 30 – Is The New Testament Historically Reliable? Part 2

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00030-IsTheNewTestamentHistoricallyReliablePart2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSContinuing with the basic principles of historiography (the body of techniques, theories, and principles of historical research and presentation; methods of historical scholarship), Joe looks at the Internal Evidence Test in an effort to demonstrate that the New Testament is a historically reliable document. Amazon Affiliate Links: The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict: Evidence I & II Fully Updated in One Volume To Answer The Questions Challenging Christians in the 21st Century by Josh McDowell http://amzn.to/2vjIEpS Evidence for Christianity by Josh McDowell http://amzn.to/2fkrsda The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F.F. Bruce http://amzn.to/2f0bmp4 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 its-not-that-easy.wav and wait-a-minute.wav http://www.pacdv.com/sounds/voices-4.html Joel Osteen “Ease is Coming” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBZI2-cUw6g Accessed 3/11/17 allwings.mp3 and almostthere.mp3 http://www.gotwavs.com/Movies/Star_Wars_Episode_IV_A_New_Hope_p5.html honored.wav, destiny.wav, and bad_feeling.wav … Keep reading!