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The guys are back to discuss chapter 3 of "The Divine Commodity:" called "The Branding of the Heart."  In this episode, Justin and Chris talk about how this one chapter truly opened their eyes to what has been going on in our churches for the past century.  A lot has taken place to further the brand of church rather than the ministry of church and this chapter illuminates it brilliantly.  We both are blown away by what Jethani says in chapter 3, and we will be too.  If you have not done so yet, please pick up this book and read it because we are continually finding new things that stick out as we discuss it more in our episodes.As always, you can connect with us on our socials:Facebook: @fueledbycandcInstagram: @fueledbycandcEmail: fueledbycandc@gmail.com
As the guys continue in their discussion of the book "The Divine Commodity" by Skye Jethani, they seek to bring attention to the new ways that this book has caused them to think about the church.  This chapter focused on the ways that we as Christians tend to fill the times of silence with other things.  Justin and Chris also take a hard look at a study that was depicted called Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.  According to this study, these are the ways that the average American teenager sees religion.  The results of this study were very eye opening.As always, you can catch us on our socials if you'd like to get us a message.  We check them regularly!Instagram: fueledbycandcFacebook: fueledbycandcEmail: fueledbycandc@gmail.com
Chris and Justin take some time to begin discussing a book they both read which has left a lasting impression on each of them.  "The Divine Commodity " by Skye Jethani has really grasped our minds and put them through the metaphorical gauntlet by causing us to think about how Consumer Christianity has taken control of our churches across the globe.  In this episode, the guys try to wrap their heads around some of the things that Skye is getting at when he states that we have a real issue with commodifying the church.  This is in ways that we would never conceive but can plainly see now that our eyes have been illuminated.  Skye's desire is to wake up the church to recognize how it has effected our congregations over the past 40-50 years.   We encourage everyone to go out and grab this book and read along with us because we plan to release an episode discussing each of the chapters in the coming weeks. You can pick up Skye's book here.As always, get connected with us on our social accounts and email!Facebook: @fueledbycandcInstagram: @fueledbycandcEmail: fueledbycandc@gmail.com
Greetings!In this episode, Justin and Chris discuss a topic that is HUGE in our world today, and that is VIDEO GAMES!!!  This form of entertainment has been monumental in the lives of teens and adults, alike, for over the past 30-40 years.  One needs only to look that the video game industry amassing well over $180 BILLION last year to understand what kind of influence it has in our society.  Knowing the grandeur of this topic, the guys sought to tackle the discussion of how Christians should or should not interact with the video games and the content they portray.  Join us as we discuss these things and try to give a believer's response to what is available for our kids to be playing when they get home from school.The guys reference these two articles if you'd like to read along:https://christianity.org.uk/article/gaming-and-spiritualityhttps://www.challies.com/articles/christian-men-and-their-video-games/Stay tuned because Justin and Chris will be discussing this book on a future episode and we would love for you to be involved with the conversation.  Take a look and read along with us!"The Divine Commodity" by Skye Jethani Connect with us on our socials!Instagram: @fueledbycandc Facebook: @fueledbycandc Gmail: fueledbycandc@gmail.com
New Year, Same Us

New Year, Same Us

2022-01-2452:59

It has been a while, but Justin and Chris begin season 2 of the Fueled by Caffeine and Christ Podcast with a look back at the first year of the show.  What went well?  What could we work on?  How good was all the coffee and tea that they drank?Throughout this first year of podcasting, we have been so blessed to be able to share our thoughts with you all.  It is important to know that Justin and I have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as we prepared, recorded, edited and published new episodes for the catalog.  We use this episode as a jumping off point for Season 2 and we seek to share some exciting goals that we have for the New Year.  For our first episode of the new season, we sampled Sneak Energy which is an energy drink powder that is specifically designed for video gamers to increase productivity with no jitters that other energy supplements tend to have.  Justin and Chris tried "Tropikilla" flavor which had hints of pineapple and mango.  If you would like to check out their products, click the link and let us know what you think.Thanks for listening because without you, we would just be talking to ourselves!Facebook: fueledbycandcInstagram: @fueledbycandcEmail: fueledbycandc@gmail.com
We Need to Change (pt. 2)

We Need to Change (pt. 2)

2021-12-0301:01:03

Justin and Chris return to their conversation with Steven Carlaw about the spiritual warfare that is being waged in our church bodies and the mindset that church leadership needs to have as we seek to correct mistakes that have been made in the past.  This was a very poignant conversation that we all need to be having in order to see change and growth happen.  We can never learn from our mistakes if we aren't shown that we are making them in the first place!We really appreciate Steven spending a lot of time with us discussing these issues.  He was fired up just like we both were as we talked.  As always, we are eagerly seeking feedback on what we have discussed over the last two episodes.  Please reach out to us because we want to keep the conversation going.  It can't just stop at this discussion and that be it.  We need to be pushing ourselves to make changes if God has change set in front of us whether corporately in our churches or in our own individual lives.  If you have not done so yet, please go back and listen to "We Need To Change (pt. 1)" so that you are not completely lost!Reach out to us at:Instagram: @fueledbycandcFacebook: @fueledbycandc Email: fueledbycandc@gmail.com
We Need to Change (pt. 1)

We Need to Change (pt. 1)

2021-11-1901:10:01

We're Back! After a month or so break, Justin and Chris are joined by Steven "Puff" Carlaw to discuss an extremely difficult topic that is plaguing our churches across the world.  Our conversation steered us in the direction of the spiritual warfare being waged in the form of complacency and comfort.  How do we fight the urge to stay home from church on a Sunday morning and get that extra hour of sleep when fellowshipping with other believers is such a necessity for the growth of our spiritual lives and the lives of our churches?  Why is church fellowship so important anyway?This episode is part 1 of our conversation, so be looking for episode 2 coming out soon.  To read the article that Justin references, click on this link.We are looking for feedback and desire your thoughts on this topic.  Please reach out to us on our social accounts or by email:Instagram: @fueledbycandcFacebook: @fueledbycandcGmail: fueledbycandc@gmail.com
On this week's episode of the Fueled by Caffeine and Christ Podcast, the guys are joined by their long time friend, Brad Hawkins as they discuss the issue of Biblical vs. Cultural Christianity.  Is God merely a Cosmic Therapist whose only job is to help us when we call on Him, or is He the Creator of all things who seeks to have a fruitful, nourishing relationship with each of us?  This is a very convicting discussion and you don't want to miss it!Chris discovered this topic after reading this article.  It would be worthwhile to go and read it, as well.  There are many things that we all can be working on, and this article can help bring to light those issues.  Brad brought in Bourbon Pecan coffee from How You Brewin', a coffee shop in Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  It was delicious and smelled amazing!  Make sure you show them some love by visiting their page, here.  As always, we are looking forward to hearing what you all think about the topics we discuss.  You can do that by checking out our Social pages:Facebook: @fueledbycandcInstagram: @fueledbycandcGmail: fueledbycandc@gmail.com
Today on the show, the guys discuss a whole variety of different topics as they welcome in the Fall months with a Pumpkin Spice Latte and a conversation about the first meetings of their ministries that took place this week.  From the planning process to the goals of their efforts, Justin and Chris talk about what God is doing in the groups they are leading.As always, feel free to reach out to us at:Instagram: fueledbycandcFacebook: @fueledbycandcGmail: fueledbycandc@gmail.comMake sure to "Like, Click Subscribe, and Share" to spread the word about the show!
On this episode of the Fueled by Caffeine and Christ Podcast, the guys were joined by Dr. Kevin Ludwig to discuss what science and the Bible have to say about evolution, dinosaurs, and Creation.  As Christians, we have a assurance in Scripture of God as Creator, but what does modern science teach about the creation of the universe and how we humans got here?  Listen in as the guys discuss these burning topics.Within the episode, Chris mentioned a website that provides a plethora of studies and materials pertaining to what the Bible says about certain scientific conversations, such as evolution, carbon dating, age of the earth, etc.  If you would like more information on these sort of topics, consider going to AnswersinGenesis.org for more.  You won't be disappointed if you love learning more about the "secret" things of GodAs always, please feel free to get connected with us on our social network pages:Instagram: @fueledbycandcFacebook: @fueledbycandcWebsite: fueledbycaffeineandchrist.buzzsprout.comEmail: fueledbycandc@gmail.com
Fasting and Baptism

Fasting and Baptism

2021-07-3049:28

Justin and Chris take a look at the discipline of Biblical fasting in this week's episode.  They also talk about the awesome event of Justin's baptism while they were on vacation.  Tune in to see what they talked about!
Guys, we hit 10 episodes of the Fueled by Caffeine and Christ Podcast!  Thank you so much for sticking with us through our journey in podcasting!  We are blessed to have you all listen to us and look forward to providing you more and more episodes! In this week's episode, Chris and Justin discuss what it takes to start a new ministry in church.  Whether it is starting from scratch or reworking an older model, the guys look to give a little advice on how someone can begin a new ministry. Thanks again for helping us reach 10!  Here's to many many more!
Just a Bunch of Dad Jokes

Just a Bunch of Dad Jokes

2021-06-2201:13:29

Justin and Chris are joined by two very special guests, their dads Joey Luciano and Dave Clark.  The guys discuss the joys of fatherhood and everything that comes with it.  Enjoy listening as they reminisce about how they grew up and are now all fathers themselves.  
Let's Talk Marriage

Let's Talk Marriage

2021-05-2801:06:46

In this episode, Justin and Chris talk about what they have experienced in their own marriages and also discuss the different roles in a marriage relationship.  They look at different Bible passages that talk about what jobs the husband and the wife have in a marriage and how people have misconstrued them in the past.   If you have other insight or questions for us, make sure you reach out on our:Facebook: Fueled By Caffeine and Christ pageInstagram: @fueledbycandcEmail: fueledbycandc@gmail.com
This One is for the Moms

This One is for the Moms

2021-05-1401:01:40

Chris and Justin talk about the moms in their lives.  Don't forget to show the moms in your life some love and it doesn't have to just be on Mother's Day.  Share some stories about the moms in your lives with us too!Here's the link to the article that Justin was referencing from today.  Take a look!
Chris and Justin talk about how Christians are commonly perceived by unbelievers in both some comical and convicting ways.  The conversation seeks to put to rest some of these misconceptions about what we, as followers of Christ, act like as opposed to what we are called to be like.  If you think that we missed any that would be a good addition for us to cover, please reach out to us at our links below:Instagram: @fueledbycandcFacebook: @fueledbycandcEmail: fueledbycandc@gmail.comFor the First Sip today, the guys tried Death Wish whole bean coffee out of the Chemex brewer.  It is strong stuff!  Noted as the "world's strongest coffee," Death Wish was delicious and we will definitely be drinking it again soon! Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Justin and Chris welcome Senior Pastor David Strope into the studio to discuss the burning topics about being a pastor in today's crazy world.  From sermon length to Lord of the Rings, the guys have a great discussion!  Thanks again Dave for squeezing in some time with the Fueled by C and C crowd!
In this episode, Chris and Justin talk about the scarcely covered topic of Doubt in Christianity.  This difficult subject has lasting effects if it's not dealt with and the guys seek to bring the problem of letting unexpressed doubt fester to light and how to deal with it.  If you would like to read the book we were referencing, here is a link to Bobby Conway's website, https://oneminuteapologist.com/.  His book is Doubting Toward Faith.
The boys are joined in the studio today with special guest host Alex Gregor as the three of them discuss what Biblical worship truly is.  Take a listen as they talk about the many experiences that they have had describing both mountaintop highs and some lows of being apart of worship, as well.  Also referenced by Chris, this video by Louie Giglio really shows off the idea of nature joining in on the worship of our Great God.  Take a look and let us know what you think!Thanks again, Alex for joining the guys and the Cold Foam Charli was delicious!
Chris and Justin talk about the necessity for Christian Fellowship amongst believers.  In this episode, the guys reminisce about the times in their own lives that have seen life-long relationships and bonds formed through the accountability and friendships that fostered them.  To hear the sermon that they reference from John Piper, click on this link.
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