Episode 1

Episode 1

In the first episode of the podcast, I talk about my enjoyment of roasting coffee, among other things. I also provide a definition of theology, setting the overall tone for the podcast as a whole. Grab a cup yourself and have a listen!

Episode 2

Episode 2

Are you unsure about the use and care of cast-iron cookware? Do you wonder what all the fuss is about? I share my growing appreciation for what once was the standard method of cooking. I also get into the importance of upholding the authority of Scripture, including a creationist perspective on Genesis 1, in order to hold a consistent biblical worldview.

Coffee Roasting

Coffee Roasting

I put together an instructional video on how to cheaply roast coffee with supplies you probably already have on hand.

 

Episode 19 – The Resurrection is Vital to Christian Theology

Different parts of the Resurrection narrative catch our attention at different times, but the key point is that Jesus rose from the dead. If this were not the case, Christianity would be a farce and Christians would be deluded at best. This episode looks at the Resurrection from a few different angles, with 1 Cor. 15:12-24, Heb. 9:15-24, and John 21:15-17 as the texts. The episode might feel a bit rambly, but I trust you can be encouraged even in my incoherence.
Get in touch:
Amazon Referral Link:
The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics, edited by John J. Bombaro & Adam S. Francisco http://amzn.to/2oCaPtW
Visit Tim Chaffey’s site: www.midwestapologetics.org
Buy Tim’s Book In Defense of Easter: Answering Critical Challenges to the Resurrection of Jesus http://midwestapologetics.org/shop/index.php?rt=product/product&product_id=124
Intro:
“Alarming News (60 seconds)”
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Joel Osteen “Ease is Coming”
allwings.mp3 and almostthere.mp3
Star Wars is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm.
Outro: “Anachronist” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Episode 18 – Interview with Israel Wayne, Part 5

Why bother reading dead theologians? What can they possibly say to us today? Not that we should read them to the exclusion of Scripture, or read only one or two and thus get a slanted interpretation of Scripture, but I find at least two points of value in reading the theology of men and women long gone. One, we get a picture of what Christians have believed throughout the centuries. Two, we also gain an understanding of the trials and false teaching the Church has faced throughout its history and come to realize that there truly is nothing new under the sun. This is not mean to be a slam on contemporary theologians.
Stay tuned for my proposed “Read Old Dead Guys” campaign, possibly to kick off in May. Visit the “Read Old Dead Guys” page on this site for information on picking up some sweet swag!
What’s it like to travel a lot and raise a family? How can that be accomplished? Can you balance marriage, parenting, homeschooling, ministry, and more? Sure, but it requires a constant evaluation/re-evaluation of the needs and seasons of life. The busyness of Israel’s life would not be possible without the full support of his wife. Israel faces the common challenge to all dads: at the end of the workday, the desire is to relax and veg out rather than jump into parenting, but stay-at-home/full-time moms don’t have that luxury. In this day and age, technology is a wonderful way to keep on top of family matters if work takes you away from home (though it is not a replacement for in-person discipline/counsel). Maintaining an open line of communication with your children is vital to a healthy relationship. In marriage, don’t be cheap in giving your wife the tools she needs for whatever job she is performing. If you haven’t put one in your house yet, you NEED to get an Instant Pot! It’s a huge time-saver for meal prep. It’s irksome when men have all sorts of money for their toys/hobbies, but all of a sudden there’s no money when their wives have needs. Delegating tasks to your children is important for two reasons: it frees up your time, and your children need to learn practical skills to get through life. In Israel’s life, if he could do it over again, he wishes he wouldn’t have been so hard on his children (especially the older ones). Have you ever had a child who was spending too much time memorizing Scripture? Isn’t that the worst? 😉 Your children will learn to do the things that you do, so setting a proper example is crucial. We will all make mistakes on this journey of parenting, but God will look at your heart and we trust that He will bless you based on what’s in your heart. Deuteronomy starts with an admonition that God’s Law must be written on OUR hearts before we can pass it on to others. Some of the holiest people out there can be hilariously funny, full of joy, not taking themselves seriously while taking God very seriously. Stay tuned for new books and materials from Israel and his wife, Brooke.
One of my favorite quotes from this episode: “Anything that you spend that helps your wife to be a better mom, a better wife, to be a better woman of God, you’ll never regret any money you spend in that direction.”
“One of the greatest things you can do for your child’s future spouse is to prepare them for life.”
Get in touch:
Contact Israel Wayne:
Family Renewal Podcast: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/family-renewal or any podcast catcher
Israel’s mailing list. http://www.familyrenewal.org/subscribe/ Sign up in April 2017 to receive a code for free shipping on Israel’s newest book (if you order in April 2017).
Book Israel to speak at your church, camp, or event: familyrenewalevents@gmail.com
Buy The Truth Chronicles through my store! I’ll even autograph them! http://www.jwexperience.com/shop/
Amazon Referral Link:
Donall and Conall Meet St. Patrick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQLfgaUoQCw
Intro:
“Alarming News (60 seconds)”
this-is-delicious.wav, dinner-is-served.wav, its-not-that-easy.wav, wait-a-minute.wav, yes-please.wav, yummy.wav
Joel Osteen “Ease is Coming”
allwings.mp3 and almostthere.mp3
Star Wars is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm.
Outro: “Anachronist” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Episode 17 – Interview with Israel Wayne, Part 4

The fourth 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 spiritual hunger and spiritual substance within the church (and how children will absorb and even want more than what we give them credit for in terms of spiritual understanding); secular and Mennonite socialism, social justice, and Biblical economics in Canada; Israel has been to Canada, Mexico, Japan, and, most recently, Russia, speaking on homeschooling and the Bible in general; homeschooling is technically illegal in Japan, with an estimated 5,000 families homeschooling under the radar, and the Japanese parliament has a bill in consideration that would make Japan the second-most restrictive country in terms of homeschooling; the spiritual hunger is real in Russia (the highest level of spiritual hunger Israel has seen in his travels), but the country as a whole is living in depression and without hope, frequently resorting to alcohol to drink away their problems; the Russian Christians evidenced an attitude like the Bereans in Acts 17, open-hearted but not unguarded, willing to change to something they have never done (or even heard of) before if it can be demonstrated in Scripture; thanks to anyone who contributed to Israel’s travel funds for that trip!; there is concern that the door may close to allow Christians into Russia; Japan is mostly non-Christian, has total freedom of religion, and is spiritually apathetic; homeschooling has actually been legal in Russia since 1992, but in October 2016 Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law that doesn’t allow for religious activity outside of designated government locations, in theory an effort to stem the tide of Islamic radicalization and terrorism, but has only been applied to Christians and also serves to cut off any sort of Christian funding from outside Russia; it’s interesting to know how other countries view our political situation based on the news media in those countries; Japan was despondent over Hillary Clinton losing the presidential election with concerns about Japanese trade and economics, Russia was more pleased with Donald Trump winning out of concerns that Hillary Clinton’s interactions with Russia would start World War 3; it’s interesting how the changes in media have allowed us to interact.
Perhaps my favorite quote from Israel: “[The Russians] are more diligent on the front end to make sure that this is actually taught in Scripture, but upon being convinced that this is what Scripture teaches, they just do it, no questions asked.”
Get in touch:
Contact Israel Wayne:
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 book Education: Does God Have an Opinion? coming April 2017!
Amazon Affiliate Links:
Decision Making and the Will of God: A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View by Garry Friesen
1982 Edition (preferred by my pastor) http://amzn.to/2n7hfin
Intro:
“Alarming News (60 seconds)”
this-is-delicious.wav, dinner-is-served.wav, its-not-that-easy.wav, wait-a-minute.wav, yes-please.wav, yummy.wav
Joel Osteen “Ease is Coming”
allwings.mp3 and almostthere.mp3
Star Wars is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm.
Outro: “Anachronist” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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 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 book Education: Does God Have an Opinion? coming April 2017!

Amazon Affiliate Links:
Decision Making and the Will of God: A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View by Garry Friesen
1982 Edition (preferred by my pastor) http://amzn.to/2n7hfin
2004 Edition http://amzn.to/2okRUCD

Intro:
“Alarming News (60 seconds)” https://www.shockwave-sound.com/royalty-free-music-track/8584/alarming-news

this-is-delicious.wav, dinner-is-served.wav, its-not-that-easy.wav, wait-a-minute.wav, yes-please.wav, yummy.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
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/

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:
Contact Israel Wayne:
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 book Education: Does God Have an Opinion? coming April 2017!
Amazon Affiliate Links:
The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom http://amzn.to/2mGBymt
Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat http://amzn.to/2nU1SL5
Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat http://amzn.to/2nTQmiM
Well Fed Weeknights: Complete Paleo Meals in 45 Minutes or Less http://amzn.to/2mGfSqY
Intro:
“Alarming News (60 seconds)”
this-is-delicious.wav, dinner-is-served.wav, its-not-that-easy.wav, wait-a-minute.wav, yes-please.wav, yummy.wav
Joel Osteen “Ease is Coming”
allwings.mp3 and almostthere.mp3
Star Wars is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm.
Outro: “Anachronist” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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 to take those 2 1/2 hours of audio and make five podcast episodes, which was a tremendous thrill for me. I hope you will be encouraged by the conversation I had with him!

Show Notes:

The first 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!
Get in touch:
Contact Israel Wayne:
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.
Amazon Affiliate Link:
The Last Christian Generation by Josh McDowell (only available from 3rd-party sellers) http://amzn.to/2mh77UF
Intro:
“Alarming News (60 seconds)”
this-is-delicious.wav, dinner-is-served.wav, its-not-that-easy.wav, wait-a-minute.wav, yes-please.wav, yummy.wav
Joel Osteen “Ease is Coming”
allwings.mp3 and almostthere.mp3
Star Wars is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm.
Outro: “Anachronist” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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 this posting) that I’ve taken a break from my Systematic Theology series (after a whopping one episode) because of timing issues, mainly the lack of time to put into studying the topic sufficiently to make a good run at it. Still, it is something I’m planning to get back to eventually.

Show Notes:
I’m drinking the last of a pot of coffee as I record and get in the mood to share some random coffee facts.

Poll question for this episode asked about favorite theologians or pastors.

Then we start the discussion of systematic theology by mentioning the preconditions to doing systematic theology and move into the first precondition, the metaphysical precondition. It’s perhaps a bit academic, and it will take a good long while (as in months) to cover the entire topic.

Recommendations:
Check out weird coffee facts at http://www.factslides.com/s-Coffee.

Pick up a copy of Norman Geisler’s Systematic Theology http://amzn.to/2gbIwkH

Outro:
“Anachronist” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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

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 then slowly reintroduce them to figure out what specific foods cause you trouble, and 2) break psychological patterns of thought regarding food (such as needing to have something sweet after every meal). I don’t agree with the philosophical underpinnings behind Whole30 and Paleo, but the results I’ve seen are hard to argue with. You have to listen to your body, though, and make sure you’re not denying nutrients that you specifically need.

Show Notes:
I start by going over the most recent Facebook poll: “What food or beverage would you find difficult/impossible to give up?” This shifts into a discussion of the Whole30 program, which can prove to be highly beneficial for a person wanting to know what food(s) are problematic.

Then back to judging for the third and final (for now) week. I clarified that the beginning of Matthew 7 does not tell us to never judge (as in declaring sin to be sin; we are not given the capacity to pronounce eternal judgment on anyone), but that we are to not be hypocrites as the Pharisees were. Looking at 1 Corinthians 5, we see that declaring sin to be sin and even putting believers out of the congregation is necessary to maintain the purity of the body (with the ultimate goal of restoring a sinning believer).

Recommendations/Amazon Affiliate Links:
Check out the Whole30 at www.whole30.com

Buy It Starts with Food, the introduction to and initial recipe book for Whole30: http://amzn.to/2fVAgVW

Buy Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eathttp://amzn.to/2eH2oKO

Buy Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eathttp://amzn.to/2fx1MZh

Buy One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldviewhttp://amzn.to/2exQBea

Credits:
Outro: “Anachronist” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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

Episode 10 – Ethnic Food and Judging

I can remember the first time I tried Chinese food. It was in Rochester, MN, and it was either toward the end of my first year of college or it was in the following year (when I was on a break from school but still visiting friends in Rochester on a regular basis). I’m not sure what took me so long to give it a shot. Maybe it was all of the jokes about Chinese food incorporating chicken feet/beaks and/or cats, maybe it was because I didn’t really know anyone who ate it. Whatever the case, as soon as I had my first taste, I was hooked. I tend to go for the meals labeled as spicy (garlic beef, Szechuan chicken), and either to my credit or my shame I typically eat the entire carryout portion in one sitting whereas many friends and coworkers find the portions sufficient for two meals. Frankly, in terms of nutrition and such, splitting it into two meals would probably be better for me, but rice doesn’t tend to stick with me long enough as it is when I eat the whole meal, so splitting it makes me think I’d just be hungry and finish it off an hour later.

I grew up eating Mexican-style food (Americanized, of course), primarily because my dad was born in Texas and spent many of his first years living there. Most nights I could easily stop by either a Mexican or Chinese restaurant, although my wallet, waistline, and heart probably wouldn’t appreciate it. Ah, to be young and of a high metabolism again!

Show Notes:
The world has much to offer by way of interesting and delicious food, and I we are remiss if we do not take advantage of the opportunities to partake.

We also continue a discussion of Matthew 7 and the topic of judging. Look forward to the next episode where we get into specifics of how and when to judge.

Recommendation:
Eat some sushi! If you are in Des Moines, give Miyabi 9 a try. http://miyabi9.com/

Do you have Netflix? Look for the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” and be prepared to realize that you probably have done very little with your life.

Visit Joe’s store to purchase the book series he co-wrote, The Truth Chronicles. The best deal is to buy the 6-book package, and Joe will even autograph them! http://www.jwexperience.com/shop/

Buy Noah: Man of Destiny, written by Joe’s co-author, Tim Chaffey, and his co-author, K. Marie Adams. http://amzn.to/2foMx5V

Credits:
Outro: “Anachronist” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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