Book Review: Spirit-Empowered Theology

Title: Spirit-Empowered Theology Author: Charles Carrin, D.D. Publisher: Chosen Books (February 28, 2017) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 352 What we find in Spirit-Empowered Theology is a brief systematic theology. Divided into 18 sections and addressing 300 questions, Carrin provides 1-5 paragraph answers that may leave the reader with more questions than answers, or at least a level of dissatisfaction, especially if the reader is already at this level of theological understanding. There are also no footnotes, though it is obvious that a fair bit of quoting was done throughout the text, which is aggravating for the more academically-minded individual. As the church at large seems to largely ignore the Holy Spirit, bringing Him up almost as an afterthought, a work bringing the Spirit more into focus is a welcome idea. However, Carrin’s Pentacostal/Charismatic leanings are of concern to me. He is obviously not a cessationist, referring to such … Keep reading!

Episode 29 – Is The New Testament Historically Reliable? Part 1

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00029-IsTheNewTestamentHistoricallyReliablePart1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSJoe starts by looking at the first of three basic principles of historiography (the body of techniques, theories, and principles of historical research and presentation; methods of historical scholarship), the Bibliographical Test, in an effort to demonstrate that the New Testament is a historically reliable document. Charts mentioned in the episode: 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 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 … Keep reading!

Book Review: God’s Smuggler Young Reader’s Edition

Title: God’s Smuggler Author: Brother Andrew Publisher: Chosen Books (June 6, 2017) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 224 I read the original version of this book a few years ago and was encouraged by the work God accomplishes when His children are faithful. This edition is no less impactful despite being abridged. It is a blessing to read of men such as Brother Andrew who did not do everything correctly; this man, despite countless instances of God meeting his needs, still dealt with doubts and fears. Comparing the circumstances he operated under and those many of us face, I am ashamed of the lack of effort I put into reaching those who are daily available to me. I don’t recall this original book being especially scary, although there are events in this Young Reader’s Edition that might be intense for elementary children. Still, I would recommend all Christians read … Keep reading!

Book Review: One Nation Without Law: The Rise of Lawlessness, The End Times and the Power of Hope

Title: One Nation Without Law: The Rise of Lawlessness, The End Times and The Power of Hope Author: Phil Hotsenpiller Publisher: Chosen Books (July 4, 2017) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 226 We all have the capacity for evil as part of our human nature, and it seems the situation is only getting worse as the years go by. We could worry or panic, wringing our hands in abject fear, or we could understand that none of this is a surprise to God and place our face squarely in Him. Lawlessness, an intentional disregard for both God’s laws and man’s, is on the rise, which was foretold in Scripture. While we cannot set a date, the rise in lawlessness is an indicator that the return of Christ is drawing ever closer This book is an excellent reminder that God had already told us of the lawlessness that will encompass … Keep reading!

Episode 28 – Advantages of Small Churches

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00028-AdvantagesOfSmallChurches.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS Big churches are not necessarily bad, but there are many advantages to small churches, too. Joe discusses a couple of them and suggests listeners check out the article from Christianity Today below. Christianity Today Article http://www.christianitytoday.com/karl-vaters/2017/july/50-churches-100-instead-of-1-church-of-5000.html?paging=off   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 http://www.wavsource.com/movies/star_wars.htm Star Wars is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm. Outro: “Anachronist” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ … Keep reading!

Episode 27 – So You Want to Be A Pastor?

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00027-SoYouWantToBeAPastor.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAll Christians are called to serve. Some are called to official or vocational positions, such as a preaching pastor. Yet wherever you fit into the realm of service, you have a responsibility to serve faithfully before you can be expected to take on more duties. Using Matthew 25:14-30 and Acts 13:1-3 as a guide, this episode discusses continuing in the small things to prove ability to handle bigger tasks. The winner of the Rate and Review T-shirt contest is my lovely wife, Abigail, since she was the only participant. Get your rating and review into iTunes now to be able to win when we host a contest again, probably around the holidays. 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!

Book Review: Reformation Women

Title: Reformation Women Author: Rebecca Van Doodewaard Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (April 25, 2017) Language: English Formats: Paperback Pages: 136 Reformation Women is a delightful, quick history of 12 women who were involved in the Reformation and had regular contact with some of the more well-known Reformers. I had not heard of any of these women, which was kind of the point of this book: bringing to light the contributions of lesser known members of the Reformation. Part of the reason these women are not as well-known is because they were busy running homes and ministering to the physical needs of their communities and were therefore unable to have as prolific of an impact in terms of writing or even speaking. What I find especially helpful about a book such as this is the reminder that Christianity has never been the domain of men alone. Faithful women, married and serving … Keep reading!

Episode 26 – Be doers of the Word, not just hearers

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00026-DoersNotJustHearers.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSPopular megachurch pastor Francis Chan left his megachurch in 2010 and has since been involved in a home church movement. Listen as Joe shares his thoughts on this and as he touches on James 1:21-27. News article about Francis Chan: http://www.christianpost.com/news/francis-chan-goes-into-detail-with-facebook-employees-on-why-he-left-his-megachurch-190136/ Check out your local library, they are a treasure trove of information! Books I’ve read from my library (Amazon Affiliate Links) October Sky by Homer Hickham http://amzn.to/2u1wccW Martin Luther by Martin E. Marty http://amzn.to/2txL5Dk Remember to leave a rating and review for the podcast in iTunes and then contact me through one of the means below to let me know which review is yours to be eligible for a T-shirt or coffee cup of your choice from one of the following stores: https://teespring.com/stores/read-old-dead-guys https://www.facebook.com/pg/ASourceOfJoyGraphics/shop/ 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 … Keep reading!