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!

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 a 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 … 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!