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Bart Barber

Bart Barber

Bart Barber

Bart Barber has served FBC Farmersville since 1999. He is married to Tracy (Brady) Barber. Together they have two children. Bart is a native of Lake City, Ark., where his parents had him in church before he was born. God saved him at the tender age of almost-six, called him to preach when he was eleven, allowed him to preach his first sermon (such as it was) when he was fifteen, and permitted him to serve as a pastor of a church when he was a senior in high school. Bart has a B.A. from Baylor University in their University Scholars program, an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Ph.D. in Church History also from Southwestern. For his dissertation he wrote about a denominational split among Arkansas Baptists in 1902, suggesting that they all should've gotten along with one another.

  • 3 ways churches can respond to the Whole Woman’s Health ruling

    Yesterday the United States Supreme Court has ruled in the case Whole Woman’s Health vs Hellerstedt, and the implications go far beyond the fact that Texas is denied the right to make certain that surgical abortions are as safe as other surgical procedures. In this case the Court has privileged abortion cases with a judicial

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  • If Governor Nathan Deal were a real Baptist

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Governor of the State of Georgia. Good morning. The decision surrounding HB 757 has generated more intense feelings than most legislation, perhaps because it has highlighted the concerns of many in our religious communities regarding the actions of federal courts, especially the United States Supreme Court in its 5-4 opinion last

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  • The Constitution Anticipates Today

    The year 2015 presented a number of turning points in the ongoing journey of American religious liberty, which means that the year 2015 presented me with numerous opportunities to advocate in writing for universal religious liberty and a robust application of the First Amendment. Along the way I’ve encountered a number of interlocutors who have

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  • The Way that Religious Liberty Ends

    Walk down any street in America today and you can find a person who doesn’t own a Bible, has never attended a church, doesn’t pray, and has never enrolled in even an undergraduate course in religion, but who feels no qualms whatsoever about declaring authoritatively to you what Jesus would or would not do about

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  • 4 Ways Christians can respond to a Satanic statue

    Time Magazine (and everyone else) reports that the Satanic Temple in Detroit has unveiled a bronze statue of Baphomet, “the totem of contemporary Satanism.” How ought American Christians respond to this? 1. We are not in a monuments-and-statues race. God withdrew us from that competition when He gave Moses the Second Commandment (Exodus 20:4-6: “You

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  • 4 Things Christians Say When They Deny Religious Liberty to Others

    A controversy is brewing over the proposed construction of a muslim cemetery, mosque and training center in my town of Farmersville, Texas. Many local residents have expressed opposition to the project and have called upon our city government to block the construction of the facility. The relevant meetings took place while I was out of

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  • Obergefell v. Hodges: Fear Not

    “Fear not.” If that phrase is good enough to open angelic messages, my little essay probably deserves no better. Jesus used it to preface prophecies about the end of the world; I doubt that today’s circumstances call for excessive dourness. But that’s not to say that nothing momentous happened when the Supreme Court unilaterally redefined

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  • Point/Counterpoint: Signing civil marriage licenses

    Bart Barber: Protecting families by signing civil marriage licenses If changes in American marriage law make American churches rethink their practices surrounding weddings in order to make them more distinctively Christian, that will be a good thing. Those reforms, however, need not jettison the signing of civil marriage licenses by pastors. The government is involved

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  • The Twin Revolutions

    The 1950s and 1960s marked the beginning of sweeping societal upheaval in the United States. The most sensational headlines have always gone to sex (the sexual revolution), drugs (the pharmacological revolution), and rock and roll (the musical revolution), but alongside this well-known triumvirate the Baby Boomers also brought us fast food and frozen dinners (the

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  • Two Realizations that Empower Religious Liberty

    In America religious liberty came into existence when the Church and the State came to two important, indispensable conclusions. These principles are worth our time to remember because of the precarious position in which religious liberties find themselves in the United States today. The Church (by which I mean various religious groups in the U.S.) concluded

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