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10 Parenting Imperatives from the Book of Proverbs

September 18, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Parenting is sacred, smelly, exciting, crushing, frustrating and expensive. It’s the most important thing that people ever do and to be completely honest with you, it scares the life out of me. Who is sufficient for these things? What should I be teaching my kids? What guidance should I be giving? Where do I go to learn how to raise and disciple sons and daughters of the King? There is really only one place I can think of. The Book of Proverbs is presented as the counsel and wisdom of a...Continue Reading

Yesterday was the 16th anniversary of 9/11. It was also the day after one of the largest storms in the history of the Atlantic Ocean, which means that today will be a day when people are going to be thinking about suffering, Sovereignty and the strange workings of Divine Providence. Today will be a day for God’s people to weep with those who are weeping and to help those who are hurting. It will also be a day to speak. The Scriptures tell us to be ready to preach the Word in season and...Continue Reading

Many Canadian pastors are guilty of sneezing every time our American cousins catch a cold. As Pierre Elliot Trudeau once said, living next to Americans “is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.”1 That we are “affected” by every twitch and grunt cannot be denied; whether we should comment on every twitch and grunt, however, is subject to debate and discernment. In...Continue Reading

What You Should Know about The Pastor and His Kids

September 05, 2017 By: Paul Carter

There are few things I think about more than the salvation and sanctification of my kids. I’m sure every Christian parent could say the same, but as a pastor the stakes are a little higher and the odds seem a little less in my favour. I am aware of how very hard it is to be a pastor’s kid. I want you to know that I think about it a lot. I want you to know how thankful I am that you think about it a lot. I am so glad that you care about my family and so grateful for all the times you have told...Continue Reading

Fair Criticism from Our Catholic Friends

August 31, 2017 By: Paul Carter

I am a convictional Protestant. I affirm all 5 of the Reformation Solas. If it wouldn’t offend my mother, I would have the face of Charles Spurgeon tattooed on my chest. I’m in. All in.  But that isn’t to say I’m on board with everything I see in contemporary evangelicalism. Things are getting squirrely out there and the neighbours are starting to notice. Thankfully, the leaders within evangelicalism are starting to notice as well. John MacArthur went on the...Continue Reading

In the concluding chapter of his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul commends a Christian woman named Phoebe: I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well (Romans 16:1–2 ESV). Church historians have long believed that Phoebe was the person who delivered Paul’s letter to the Romans; she is...Continue Reading

Why I Read the Old Testament

August 25, 2017 By: Paul Carter

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament every year since 2012. That was the year our church began using the RMM Bible Reading Plan. The plan takes you through the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice in every calendar year; I had read the Old Testament before, but my reading was selective and sporadic to say the least. I had read the Psalms and Genesis and Exodus and parts of Isaiah multiple times, but truth be told, I may have only read The Book of Obadiah once –...Continue Reading

Is It Bad to Be Beautiful? (Asking For a Friend)

August 17, 2017 By: Paul Carter

This morning in my Bible readings, I read a passage that reminded me of a question I’ve been meaning to chase down. The passage was 1 Samuel 9:2:  “And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people” (1 Samuel 9:2 ESV). Why does the Bible make such a big deal about the physical beauty of Saul? It isn’t something you’d expect the Holy Spirit to...Continue Reading

What Is (Saving) Faith?

August 16, 2017 By: Paul Carter

A person is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone. Every word of that sentence is important, but one of those words is rather hard to define. What do Christians mean when they talk about being saved by “faith”? Most of us assume that the word ‘faith’ is more or less synonymous with the word “believe,” but the Bible is careful to communicate that it is not. The Apostle James says: “Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19 ESV). Keep reading...Continue Reading

Into The Word 2.0 – Changes, Upgrades And Adaptations

May 04, 2017 By: Paul Carter And The Into The Word Team

Many of you will know that our intention here at the Into The Word was to use 2017 as something of a “soft launch” for the podcast. We are not experts and this is all new to us so we wanted to be good listeners and to receive feedback in order to make changes as necessary. Our first production cycle ran from January 1st – May 4th and in that cycle we saw just under 10,000 listens and downloads – thanks be God! We received a ton of feedback – almost all of it positive, but a few of you made...Continue Reading

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