Sermon on Acts 4:32-5:11 – “Just Say No to Communism”

Sermon for Sunday Evening, January 23rd, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Scripture reading: [Act 4:32-5:11 ESV] 32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything …

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Sermon on Exodus 29:1-46 – “What Does it Take to be Clean?”

Sermon for Sunday, January 16th, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 30:1-10 ESV] 1 “You shall make an altar on which to burn incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. 2 A cubit shall be its length, and a cubit its breadth. It shall be square, and …

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The hiking deaths of two Old Testament professors.

In 1979 Covenant Seminary professor J. Barton Payne died from a fall while climbing Mt. Fuji on sabbatical in Japan. In 1996 Denver Seminary professor Bob Alden died of a heart attack shortly after hiking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. I had learned about each of these cases some years ago, but conflated them …

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Sermon on Exodus 28:1-43 – “The Glorious High Priest”

Sermon for Sunday, January 9th, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 27:9-21 ESV] 9 “You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side. 10 Its twenty pillars and their …

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Books I read in 2021

Things got busy in 2021! So while I read around 100 books a year each of the last few previous years, in 2021 I managed to read only 27 books. What happened? Well, in July my wife gave birth to our second child (and first son, Birch). While Birch has been generally a smiley boy …

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Two Christmas Sermons

Sermon on Luke 2:1-7 – “A Christmas Message to Remember” Sermon for Friday, December 24th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Scripture reading: [Luk 2:1-7 ESV] 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius …

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Sermon on Matthew 18:15-20 – “Directions for Corrections”

Sermon for Sunday, December 19th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 27:9-19 ESV] 9 “You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side. 10 Its twenty pillars and their …

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Repentance and Assurance

I have often seen Christians doubt their salvation because of concerns over whether they have sufficiently repented of their sins. Their mindset is something like this: “I’m told I must repent to be saved, but I keep sinning, therefore I must not be saved.” This mindset, however, generally misunderstands the nature of Biblical repentance and …

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Sermon on Exodus 26:1-37 – “Seeing Christ in the Tabernacle”

Sermon for Sunday, December 12th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 27:1-8 ESV] 1 “You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits broad. The altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits. 2 And you shall make horns for …

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Sermon on Acts 4:23-31 – “The King of All”

Sermon for Sunday Evening, November 28th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Scripture reading: [Act 4:23-31 ESV] 23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to …

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A Buswell Bite on “Barth’s Contradictions”

[I find Buswell’s comment here interesting since his friend Gordon Clark would make the same argument (that Barth is hopelessly contradictory) in his 1963 book “Karl Barth’s Theological Method.” Buswell is making that argument a decade earlier in this quote from 1950 in “The Bible Today”, June-September 1950, p. 261-262.] “Barth is always changing. My …

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A Buswell Bite on “Unbalanced Development”

[This is the first in a series of short “Buswell Bites” I hope to post in time. This first “bite” comes from J. Oliver Buswell’s 1926 address to Wheaton College upon his inauguration as president there. Comments very welcome.] “In the lives of many individuals, the process of maturing in Christian thinking ceases when the …

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Sermon on Exodus 24:1-18 – “A Covenant Strand”

Sermon for Sunday, November 21st, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 24:1-18 ESV] 1 Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. 2 Moses alone shall come near to …

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Sermon on Acts 4:13-22 – “Right in the Sight of God”

Sermon for Sunday Evening, October 24th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Scripture reading: [Act 4:13-22 ESV] 13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the …

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Sermon on Exodus 21:1-32 – “General Equity of the Law”

Sermon for Sunday, October 17th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 21:1-32 ESV] 1 “Now these are the rules that you shall set before them. 2 When you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing. …

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