Episode 38 – Why Study Theology?

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00038-WhyStudyTheology.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThere are six basic reasons I think every Christian should be involved in studying theology to the best of his or her ability. Tune in to see what they are. Amazon Affiliate Links: Already Compromised by Ken Ham Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it by Ken Ham Ready to Return: Bringing Back the Church’s Lost Generation by Ken Ham 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 (30 seconds)” https://www.shockwave-sound.com/royalty-free-music-track/8584/alarming-news Outro: “Alarming News (60 seconds)” https://www.shockwave-sound.com/royalty-free-music-track/8584/alarming-news … Keep reading!

Episode 37 – Introduction to Theology

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00037-IntroductionToTheology.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThe podcast is back after a several-week hiatus, and I want to welcome you to the new format! This episode will serve as a (very) brief introduction to theology as we kick off a study of Systematic Theology. This study could easily take a couple of years, so you’ve been warned. Amazon Affiliate Links: Already Compromised by Ken Ham Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it by Ken Ham Ready to Return: Bringing Back the Church’s Lost Generation by Ken Ham 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 (30 seconds)” https://www.shockwave-sound.com/royalty-free-music-track/8584/alarming-news Outro: “Alarming News (60 seconds)” https://www.shockwave-sound.com/royalty-free-music-track/8584/alarming-news … Keep reading!

I hate being responsible…

Okay, it’s time for a pity party, I guess. There’s a possibility of ordering barbecue at work in the near future, and although I have money available for such purposes, I’m 70-80% sure that I won’t be participating. My wife and I are setting aside a fixed amount each month for fun/personal spending, and it really isn’t that much compared to our overall expenses and income, which means I have to make it stretch. Ordering out for lunch will wipe out more than half of what I currently have available to me, which means I have to wait until November starts before more is there in my bucket to cover some necessary expenses. Don’t get me wrong, there is freedom to be found in this. A lot of my fun money goes toward books, and while one can never have too many books, I also have a large pile of to-reads … Keep reading!

Episode 36 – Minisode 2 – Announcement

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00036-Minisode00002-Update.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIf you haven’t already noticed, I’ve been taking a bit of a sabbatical from the podcast and plan to start putting episodes out again starting the first week in November. With the feedback that I’ve received, I’m going to release episodes that are 5-15 minutes long at least twice per week (and hopefully every day Monday-Friday). I’m going to kick it off by going through Systematic Theology, which will realistically take several years to complete. I might intersperse other topics to break it up a bit (especially if I haven’t had time to do much study before recording), and there might be a few surprises along the way. I’m looking forward to this new direction, and my hope is that you will find it enjoyable, too. As always, I’d appreciate any and all of you running off to iTunes (or Apple … Keep reading!

Let my people play!

By all definitions, I would almost certainly be classified as a screen addict. I’m on a computer all day at work and even have some downtime where I can do personal things, and my iPhone has made it easier than ever to “just check in” on Facebook and elsewhere online. I like having YouTube up and running when I cook, I listen to podcasts when I drive, I fit gaming apps into the empty spaces of my day. As I write this, it’s a bit depressing to think of how little quiet time is in my life. Visiting family or having family visit me is a nice break to all of this. Arguably I drank too much coffee during my recent trip to my grandpa’s farm, but sitting around the table and sharing stories with family was a fantastic way to pass a weekend. Certainly there were tasks that could … Keep reading!

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!