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!

Episode 27 – So You Want to Be A Pastor? 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: Facebook: Bite-Sized Theology Twitter: @bite_sizedtheo E-mail: Intro: “Alarming News (60 seconds)” Sweet Brown – Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That’t-nobody-got-time-for-that-mp3-download_255151.html … Keep reading!

Episode 26 – Be doers of the Word, not just hearers 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: 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 Martin Luther by Martin E. Marty 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: Get in touch: Website: Facebook: Bite-Sized Theology Twitter: @bite_sizedtheo E-mail: Intro: “Alarming News (60 seconds)” … Keep reading!

Episode 24 – A Theology of Work Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWork is hard, work sometimes sucks, but work is also good and commanded by God. Listen along as Joe briefly explores Genesis 2:15, Genesis 3:17-19, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Acts 18:2-4, and 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15. We promise it won’t be work to listen to this! Get in touch! Website: Facebook: Bite-Sized Theology Twitter: @bite_sizedtheo Intro: “Alarming News (60 seconds)” Sweet Brown – Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That’t-nobody-got-time-for-that-mp3-download_255151.html its-not-that-easy.wav and wait-a-minute.wav Joel Osteen “Ease is Coming” Accessed 3/11/17 allwings.mp3 and almostthere.mp3 honored.wav, destiny.wav, and bad_feeling.wav Star Wars is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm. Outro: “Anachronist” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License … Keep reading!

Book Review: Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted

Title: Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted Author: Ron Citlau Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 14, 2017) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 176 This is going to be a controversial book because of the subject matter. Homosexuality has been enshrined in such emotional terms that a rational discussion is often difficult to achieve. I have read some reviews of this book that make me wonder if the reviewers looked past the title, calling out Ron Citlau as some hate-spewing monster. Pastor Citlau, who has dealt with same-sex attraction in his own life, approaches this topic both from experience and with grace. Like Christians of old, he has not shied away from calling homosexuality what it is: sin. But he doesn’t just make this declaration and drop the mic; he provides insight on two major fronts. First, he addresses three obstacles to the same-sex attracted (SSA) individual finding fulfillment in Christ. Then … Keep reading!

Break free from apathy…

Title: 10 Days Without: Daring Adventures in Discomfort That Will Change Your World and You Author: Daniel Ryan Day Publisher: Multnomah Books; Original edition 12/17/13 Pages: 224 Language: English Author Website: Author Facebook: Author Twitter: More Info: Read Chapter One: Author Bio: Summary (from the back cover): A rebellion against apathy. A strategy for action. “Life is full of good intentions, but for too many, our good intentions never become good actions–they don’t move us forward, draw us closer to God, or make a difference in the world. Good intentions are cans of paint that could have been amazing works of art…but never did.” ~ Daniel Ryan Day in Ten Days Without Daniel Day could tell you all about his love for God and his desire to live as a follower of Jesus. Yet it took a simple but radical experiment to move from merely talking about it to actually … Keep reading!

True Love Dates

Title: True Love Dates Author: Debra Fileta Publisher: Zondervan; Original edition 10/1/13 Pages: 224 Language: English Summary (from the back cover): When it comes to dating, the church has provided little in the way of practical application. Instead of sound advice, Christian singles are bombarded with books that shun dating, exalt courting, fixate on spirituality, and in the end offer little real relationship help. But in spite of all this, Debra Fileta encourages singles not to “kiss dating goodbye” and instead to experience a season of dating as a way to find real love. Through powerful, real-life stories–including the author’s personal journey–and insights from Fileta’s experience as a professional counselor, you will discover that it is possible to develop healthy romantic relationships through dating. Review: I wasn’t raised in so conservative a home as to be discouraged from dating. However, I did read I Kissed Dating Goodbye while in high school … Keep reading!

Words and their usage…

I’ve seen this question come up in several forms in several arenas for Christian authors: “Is it okay if I use curse words in my story?” Hopefully I won’t stray into legalism with this post, so bear with me as I make a humble attempt at addressing the issue. Keep in mind the punchline, however. I’m going to say that no, cursing shouldn’t be a part of a Christian’s repository, be they author or otherwise. To paraphrase something I’ve heard many times, “Swearing is a feeble attempt by a weak mind to make a strong point.” My mind jumps immediately to Philippians 4:8 on this subject. John MacArthur has some great things to say about this verse in his commentary. Thinking on whatever is true means reading, analyzing, and meditating on the Word of God. Believers are to think on whatever is honorable, whatever is noble, dignified, and worthy of respect. Semnos (honorable) … Keep reading!