Month: October 2017

“Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage” by Jim Newheiser Review

Of all of the counseling cases that a minister will have to deal with, none is as complicated as divorce. Although the Bible gives guidelines on the subject, often times people have a hard time discerning how to apply the Biblical principles/rules/regulations on divorce. I came into Jim Newheiser’s Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage assuming that this book will be a topic that is mainly on divorce, but it wasn’t until I began reading did I realize that it truly covers the entire spectrum of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Jim Newhesier tries to answer every possible question there is in regards to relationships. This book is written with a question format, meaning every chapter is self contained and is a helpful resource in being equipped to answer any particular question. I appreciate that this book strives to argue everything from a Biblical worldview. Even the things that our culture deems as normative, Jim does a faithful job in admitting that they are simply cultural to the American context and not biblical (sections pertaining to dating and …

“12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You” Review

I have heard the voice of Tony Reinke for years on the “Ask Pastor John” podcast and was not aware that he wrote a book. I heard of this book when one of my elders made a passing reference to it during one of his messages. I remember looking it up on my phone immediately and ordered it on Amazon not knowing exactly what to expect from this book. The book was published 10 years after the first iPhone came out. In a way, “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You”, is like a “state of the union” address on how the smart phone changed our society as a whole, particularly how it effects a Christian and their walk with the Lord. This book is both insightful and convicting. I found myself laughing at some of his points (he makes some witty meta references to the reader) and completely convicted over his questions about the usage of smartphones. Tony made incredibly astute observations about how the smartphone changes a person and their walk with the …