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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

FAQ From 1 Corinthians 14

February 27, 2017 By: Paul Carter

We’ve been using the RMM Scripture Reading Plan at our church since 2012 and over that time I think I have received more questions on 1 Corinthians 14 than on any other single chapter of the Bible. Here are a few of those questions and the answers I tried to give. I have edited questions and answers for brevity and anonymity and arranged them according to their logical order in the text.  Question 1: Hey Pastor Paul! In one of your teachings on 1 Corinthians 14 you said something like:...Continue Reading

This morning in our RMM reading plan we read a passage that is confusing, potentially offensive and very difficult to apply.  1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is a passage many preachers simply decide to skip but it is a text that regular Christian folks are required to deal with if they claim to hold a traditional understanding of male and female gender.  In street level apologetics this text is used to bludgeon faithful saints into admitting that their viewpoints are illogical and...Continue Reading

Why Haven't The Jews Embraced Their Messiah?

February 08, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Today in our RMM readings we encountered the difficult matter of the Jewish rejection of Jesus Christ. Paul is very troubled by this reality and it is a cause of concern for Christian people even to this day. So why is it that the people to whom these promises were originally given and with whom God had been so patient and gracious over the years should seem to find themselves on the outside looking in?   Paul recognizes the challenge that this strange state of affaires presents to...Continue Reading

From time to time I will attempt to answer some of the more frequently asked questions from Into The Word readers and listeners. If they are short I will post the responses on the Facebook page. If they are longer, as here, I will address them via a special post.  Question: Hi Pastor Paul! I was reading Acts 8 for RMM, and I'm a little confused about how the Samaritans had been baptized and "received the word of God", but hadn't received the Holy Spirit....Continue Reading

What If I’ve Already Fallen Behind On My Readings?

January 07, 2017 By: Paul Carter

About 47% people who start a Bible reading plan on January 1st have already fallen behind by January 7th. I didn’t make that number up, that number comes from our own tracking information courtesy of Google Analytics. It also comes from talking to busy people and guilty congregants year after year after year.  If you’ve been struggling to stay on top of your Bible readings this year the good news is, you are not alone! You are not deficient or unusually depraved - you are a human being...Continue Reading

On January 1st 2017 we will launch a new podcast called “Into The Word”. This podcast is designed to assist people in reading through the Bible using the 2 year version of the Robert Murray M’Cheyne (RMM) Scripture reading plan.  In 2012 we started encouraging our people to read through the Bible using the RMM plan. We tried to support that by following the plan in our preaching calendar and by releasing periodic blogs and reflections throughout the week. Each subsequent year we...Continue Reading

There Are No Red Letters

December 01, 2016 By: Paul Carter

Reality check:  There are no Red Letters in the Bible.   On November 29th 2016 Red Letter champions Tony Campolo and Shayne Claiborne called for Christians to “to repent and be born again again as Red Letter Christians.”[1] Campolo has long held that for Christianity to be viable in the post modern culture it must adopt a trimmed down canon that focuses more on the “pure words of Jesus” and less on the more troublesome teachings found elsewhere in the Bible. Campolo...Continue Reading

Did Jesus Preach The Gospel In Hell?

November 26, 2016 By: Paul Carter

 1 Peter 3:18-22 is one of the most debated passages in all of Holy Scripture. The text reads as follows: "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few,...Continue Reading