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Jan
27
2014

The Apocrypha and The Pseudepigrapha

Category: General, General Theology

I was recently asked a question that I have been asked many times before but that I have never answered via email.  Doing so allow me to share the substance of the dialogue with others who may find the information helpful. Question: I’ve recently been learning about the Apocrypha and the Pseudepigrapha and I’m not sure what I am supposed to think about all this.  Should I treat these books as authoritative?  Should I avoid them as damaging to my faith?  How can I know that...keep reading»»


Jul
17
2013

On September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. we are having a special congregational meeting to discuss the 2013 update to our Statement of Faith.  As mentioned at our Annual General Meeting back in June we are required to resubmit our by-laws in the fall of 2013 in response to a government mandate applying to all charitable organizations.  As part of this process the Leadership Team at FBC has made the decision to rework our Statement of Faith.  The Board has asked that I provide several...keep reading»»


Jul
10
2013

Why A Confession of Faith

Category: General Theology

As mentioned at our AGM in June, we are intending to resubmit our by-laws in the fall of 2013 in response to a government mandate applying to all charitable organizations.  As part of this process the Leadership Team at FBC has made the decision to rework our Statement of Faith.  The Statement of Faith that we have is entirely orthodox and Evangelical but it is unhelpfully brief and truncated.  The evolution of our Statement of Faith has followed the trend in greater...keep reading»»


Mar
13
2013

FAQ - Saved through childbearing?

Category: Pastor's Q&A, WTTB FAQ, General Theology

I'm not sure if I said this on Sunday but it probably should have been said.  1 Timothy 2:15 is a complicated verse and is easily misunderstood in English.  Women, Paul says: will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. (ESV) Obviously not every woman who rears a child is going to heaven, so what does this mean?  The word used here (sood-zo) has a wider semantic range than the English word saved.  In Greek it can be...keep reading»»


Sep
20
2012

The less sensational truth about "Jesus' Wife"

Category: General Theology, Christian Living, WTTB FAQ

Every couple of years we get a new release from among the many discovered scraps of heresy associated with the Gnostic Gospels.  CNN will run a story on how "new evidence suggests that Jesus might have retired in Ephesus" or "had seven children" or "moved to France to open a bakery"; this week the headline reads: "Jesus might have had a wife".  A tiny scrap of papyrus about the size of a business card contains a snippet of dialogue in which...keep reading»»


Sep
11
2012

Do Infants who die go to heaven?

Category: General Theology, WTTB Reflections

Hi all, Pastor Paul here.  I am frequently asked questions about the fate of children who die in infancy.  The article attached below is one of the most accessible and restrained that I have come across and I trust you will find it useful.  I have seen other articles that say too much out of a deep and noble desire to be compassionate.  I have seen and heard others say too little out of ignorance or fear.  The article below strikes a very healthy balance and may be...keep reading»»


Sep
11
2012

Head Coverings

Category: General Theology, Christian Living, WTTB FAQ

Hi all, Pastor Paul here.  In our readings this morning we read a passage that has generated MANY questions over the course of my ministry.  I taught on the issue in question last week up at MBC.  The audio from those sessions will be available on our website shortly (hopefully next week) but for now, here is a text excerpt that might be helpful to those struggling to make sense of this difficult Scripture: We'll begin this morning with one of the most complicated texts in all...keep reading»»


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