Episode 16 – Interview with Israel Wayne, Part 3

The third in a five-part series wherein I have the privilege of interviewing Israel Wayne. We discuss Christian-based education and the commands God has given to Christian parents to train up their children. Excellent information for all parents! We also talk about how the average cost for homeschooling is $900/student/year compared to $12,000/student/year for government schools; students typically spend 15 hours/day in school and media consumption while parents spend 19 minutes/day with their kids yet can often find hours to spend on TV and hobbies; the reason why classroom sizes are typically about 25-30 students and herd mentality; and do you know who is teaching/caring for your children at church? Perhaps my favorite quote from Israel: “You can’t rely on the church to do your job [in parenting].” Get in touch: Website: www.bite-sizedtheology.com Facebook: Bite-Sized Theology https://www.facebook.com/groups/1643844862602170/ Twitter: @bite_sizedtheo E-mail: contact@bite-sizedtheology.com Contact Israel Wayne: www.familyrenewal.org www.christianworldview.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/israel.wayne www.facebook.com/israelwayneauthor Family … Keep reading!

Episode 15 – Interview with Israel Wayne, Part 2

The second in a five-part series wherein I have the privilege of interviewing Israel Wayne. We discuss Christian-based education and the commands God has given to Christian parents to train up their children. Excellent information for all parents! We also talk about how relationships have to be intentional, defining terminology is important, the grace of God is the explanation for anyone coming through any situation with faith intact, biblical support for homeschooling, and more! Perhaps my favorite quote from Israel: “Homeschooling is parenting with academics.” Get in touch: Website: www.bite-sizedtheology.com Facebook: Bite-Sized Theology https://www.facebook.com/groups/1643844862602170/ Twitter: @bite_sizedtheo E-mail: contact@bite-sizedtheology.com Contact Israel Wayne: www.familyrenewal.org www.christianworldview.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/israel.wayne www.facebook.com/israelwayneauthor Family Renewal Podcast: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/family-renewal or any podcast catcher Israel’s books Questions God Asks, Questions Jesus Asks, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, and Pitchin’ A Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting can all be purchased through the store at www.familyrenewal.org. Look for Israel’s … Keep reading!

Episode 14 – Interview with Israel Wayne, Part 1

I had the opportunity to meet Israel Wayne in September 2010 when my then-fiancée-now-wife was standing up in a friend’s wedding, where the groom was the brother of Israel’s wife. Got that straight? If you’ve figured it out, would you let me know? Anyway, I’ve had some online interactions with Israel in the time since, but nothing major, although I had read a couple of his books and heard his podcast. So it was a major thrill when he was not only able to come and speak in Des Moines but also granted me the chance to sit down for an hour (that stretched into 2 1/2 hours of recording time and at least 30 minutes of chatting before and after the mic was on) and share some of his experiences and insights into homeschooling, Christian living, marriage, and a global outlook. Adding in my food topics, I was able … 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 13 – Minisode 1

After a few months off, I have some good news: The podcast is back! I’ve reworked the introduction with some new music and some audio clips, maybe it even sounds somewhat professional. I’ve also decided that TheologyBot 5000 had to go; as I thought about it, he really seemed to be more of a gimmick than anything, which doesn’t fit with the theme of what I’m trying to do here. That’s pretty much it for this post. If you’ve read this far, I guess it’s too late to say you can skip it if you want.

Episode 12 – Coffee, Prolegomena, and the Metaphysical Precondition

Ah, coffee. A mystical, heavenly beverage full of divine properties. Truly, it is God’s greatest gift to man. And if you bought that, I have some oceanfront property in Arizona to sell you. The greatest gift, of course, is Jesus Christ; anyone who knows me knows better than to think that I would hold anything above that. Still, as I have said before on the podcast, I do enjoy a good cup–or pot–of coffee. One amazing benefit of drinking coffee is that with the right mug anyone can look like a hipster. And looking like a hipster is important if you want to study theology. I haven’t yet progressed to skinny jeans, but I have at times sported a rockin’ beard, so I think I’m on the right track. As I write this, it is a few months after recording this episode, and I’ve already mentioned in the podcast (relative to … Keep reading!

Episode 11 – Giving Up Foods and Judging

There are times that certain foods have to be given up, either temporarily or forever. This might happen for health reasons. I have a friend who has basically given up white cheeses and chocolate because eating them gives her migraines. Eating sugar causes me to snore, not to mention it keeps my waistline expanded beyond preferable limits. Crash diets are a common method of attempted weight loss and may bring rapid results, but the long-term usually doesn’t look quite so good. I’ve used the Whole30 eating plan on three separate occasions with pretty decent short-term results, but didn’t really change my dietary or exercising habits so nothing changed for the long haul. The Whole30 isn’t meant to be a long-term method of eating because it is quite restrictive, but there are a couple of purposes behind utilizing it: 1) clear out the foods most likely to cause adverse reactions and … Keep reading!