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In Romans 16, the Apostle Paul mentions three women who have been recently become the subject of a great deal of conversation and controversy in the evangelical church. Who are these women? What does Paul say about them? What impact should these statements have on our understanding of gender and ministry? Keep reading... Continue Reading

What Else Did Jesus Believe About the Bible?

February 12, 2018 By: Paul Carter

In an earlier article, I wrote about what Jesus believed about the Bible. How you approach the Bible determines in large part how you understand and live out the Christian faith. Even more basic, how you read the Bible determines what you think about God, about yourself and about the redemption that is ours through Jesus Christ. It is therefore hard to think of a more important conversation than this one. How are we to read the Bible? How are we to interpret it? Is the Old Testament...Continue Reading

Threading The #MeToo Needle

January 26, 2018 By: Paul Carter

Should the church get on board with the #MeToo movement? Beyond a shadow of a doubt the movement has done an awful lot of good in a very short amount of time. Women have felt emboldened to come forward and lay charges against serial offenders such as Harvey Weinstein, Larry Nasser and Kevin Spacey. Rachael Denhollander represents the best expression of the #MeToo movement.  Keep reading...Continue Reading

About 80% of New Year’s resolutions have been abandoned by the second week of February. [1]  It is extraordinarily hard to turn a good intention into a life long discipline.  But, by the grace of God, in fits and starts, by one degree of glory to the next, such things can be done. Don’t believe the lie that you cannot make a change.  Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that falling behind or finding it hard indicates incapacity.  It doesn’t. It just means you are like every...Continue Reading

What the Bible Teaches about Divorce and Remarriage

January 18, 2018 By: Paul Carter

There are few issues that require more pastoral sensitivity than the issue of divorce and remarriage. Getting it wrong one way can have massive consequences, particularly for women who feel trapped in abusive and unsafe relationships. Getting it wrong the other way can bring shame and infamy upon the name of Christ. Pastors and elders therefore have a responsibility to know what the Bible says and to teach, counsel, lead, correct and discipline their people accordingly.  Keep reading...Continue Reading

North American Christians increasingly find themselves facing the pointy end of the law. This is a relatively new experience for us. For most of the last 200 years the law has been our friend, our ally and even at times our weapon. But now all of a sudden, that weapon has seemingly been turned back upon us. This has given rise to all manner of new and untested thinking. Thankfully we have been down this road before. Keep reading...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Luke 6 Luke covers a variety of material in this chapter: the Sabbath “showdown” (verses 1-11), the calling of the disciples (verses 12-16), ministry to the masses (verses 17-19), kingdom ethics (20-42) and the evidence of true faith (verses 43-49).  The Sabbath “showdown” occurred when on two occasions, Jesus’ disciples and Jesus himself were accused of breaking God’s law. The disciples picked grain on one Sabbath, and Jesus deliberately healed a man on another. He is the Lord of the...Continue Reading

Why Is Obadiah in the Bible?

November 21, 2017 By: Paul Carter

There is not a lot of highlighting in the Obadiah section of most Bibles. It is rarely, if ever preached upon and it is remarkably difficult to find. So why is it there? The short answer is: because God doesn’t change. The Book of Obadiah has been preserved because it reminds all people everywhere that how they treat his covenant people will be taken as an indicator of faith. The covenant community has always functioned as something of a dividing rod among the nations. Keep reading...Continue Reading

Does Psalm 91 Belong to Me?

October 07, 2017 By: Paul Carter

There was a time in my life when I prayed Psalm 91 over myself and over my family every morning as part of my devotional routine.  I remember vividly driving back from a lakeside prayer meeting at 5:30 a.m. reciting the words: You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it...Continue Reading

Are God's Promises Conditional or Unconditional?

October 02, 2017 By: Paul Carter

A careful Bible reader notices that they are usually a mixture of both. Listen carefully to what God promises the young king Solomon: And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise...Continue Reading

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