Unionville Church Minutes, 1860-1869

April 28th 1860 Session met at the call of he Moderator. Present H. F. Wadsworth (Moderator) Joseph Chandler, Isaac Swift, Gamaliel Russel, Peter C. Hanford, Elders. Opened with prayer. Mrs. Sarah Bucklee appeared before Session and desired to be admitted into the church. After due examination on the doctrines of Christianity and experimental piety they …

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Sermon John 9:1-12 – “Theology of Suffering”

January 5th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) January 12th, 2020 at Olympia Bible Presbyterian Church January 12th, 2020 at Tacoma Bible Presbyterian Church January 19th, 2020 at Bonner’s Ferry Bible Presbyterian Church Sermon Text: [Jhn 9:1-12 ESV] 1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And …

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Unionville Church Minutes, Start of 2nd Session Book-1859

[Second book] Unionville, Orange Co., N.Y. Session Records 1851-1909 Records. Unionville. Orange Co. N. Y. Septem. 21St 1857 Session met at the call of the Moderator after Divine Service. Present. N. E. Pierson, Pastor. B. Vanfleet, P. C. Handord, Elders. Absent A. Bullock. The moderator stated that the object of the meeting was the appointed …

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Alvin Plantinga reviews Gordon Clark

[5/9/1969] The Philosophy of Gordon H. Clark, by Ronald H. Nash (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1968, 516 pp., $9.95), is reviewed by Alvin Plantinga, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California. This Festschrift in honor of Professor Gordon H. Clark contains an expanded version of his 1965 Wheaton Lectures, some twelve essays in …

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Books I read in 2019

For the third year, I’ve kept track of the books I’ve read and have chosen a favorite and least favorite. I managed to read 91 books in 2019, down considerably from last year but still a substantial number. Here are links to the previous two years: https://www.douglasdouma.com/2017/12/23/books-i-read-in-2017-and-a-favorite-declared/ https://www.douglasdouma.com/2018/10/13/rating-100-books-ive-read-this-year/ In 2019 I finished re-reading the complete …

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Unionville Church Minutes 1850-End of 1st Session Book

Session records of the Presbyterian Church of Unionville 1850. May 4. Session met by mutual agreement, having invited Revd Augustus Seward to be present + moderate this meeting. Present. Augustus Seward, Moderator, Benjamin Vanfleet + Peter C. Hanford, Elders. Absent Joseph Chandler + Alfred Bullock, Elders. The meeting was opened with prayer. Miss Eliza Ann …

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Sermon on 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 – “The Lord’s Supper”

December 8th, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Sermon Text: [1Co 11:17-34 ESV] 17 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, …

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Unionville Church Minutes 1840-1849

Sept 25th 1840 Session met at the mutual request of the members. Opened with prayer. Present. Joseph Chandler, Alfred Bullock, Saml Van Fleet. Elders. And Revd. A. O. Peloubet who was chosen standing Modr. Session appointed Brothers, Bullock, Peloubet to wait upon Mssrs. Joseph Chandler and Middaugh; also upon Mr. James A. Smith and Miss …

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Sermon on John 8:12-20 – “The Light of the World is Jesus”

December 1st, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Sermon Text: [Jhn 8:12-20 ESV] 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing …

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What is a Reformed Theologian?

Reformed theology has been growing in popularity. More and more churches and pastors are applying the term to themselves. Like Junior says to Pappy, “people like that reform. Maybe we should get us some.” Consequently I’ve noticed that people often come to hear of Reformed theology through some popular preacher or author who has embraced …

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Sermon on John 7:53-8:11 – “The Pericope de Adultera”

November 24, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Sermon Text: [Jhn 7:53 ESV] 53 [[They went each to his own house, [Jhn 8:1-11 ESV] 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he …

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Sermon on John 7:37-52 – “Rivers of Living Water”

November 17, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Sermon Text: [Jhn 7:37-52 ESV] 37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of …

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Sermon on John 7:25-36 – “From the Father, To the Father”

November 10, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Sermon Text: [Jhn 7:25-36 ESV] 25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? 26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really …

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Review of Heirs of the Reformation by James E. McGoldrick

Heirs of the Reformation, A Study in Baptist Origins by James McGoldrick, Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, Original Edition 1994, Reprint Edition 2019, 181 pp. I had been looking for a reasonably priced copy of this book for some years. Before this reprint edition the book was called Baptist Successionism. That version, now twenty-five years …

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Sermon on John 7:10-24 – “Judging Jesus Rightly”

November 3, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Sermon Text: [Jhn 7:10-24 ESV] 10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. 11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12 And there …

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Apostasy by the numbers in the PCUSA

An article on “Surveying Presbyterian Beliefs” by Michael D. Bush in Theology Matters notes the results of a recent survey of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) members and ministers. For Bush “This survey makes it clear that while there are many faithful in the church, the PC(USA) remains ecclesia reformanda, a church needing to be reformed.” No …

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The A. Donald MacLeod Award for Presbyterian History

I’m quite happy to have received the A. Donald MacLeod Award for Presbyterian History at the Presbyterian Scholars Conference earlier this week. The award was given to me for my book The Presbyterian Philosopher. At the conference I gave a speech I titled “The Grand Old Doc.” It was quite the crew of participants in …

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The Grand Old Doc

[You can listen to my recorded speech here: tinysa.com/sermon/102519161232368] “The Grand Old Doc” or “Gordon Clark: A Presbyterian Philosopher and His Influence on American Evangelicals” by Rev. Douglas J. Douma Presented at the Presbyterian Scholars Conference Wheaton College October 22, 2019 In the numerous extant letters from Edward J. Carnell to Gordon H. Clark the …

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Letter of GHC to Floyd Hamilton, Jan. 28 1947

[I’m glad to have received this letter from Wayne Sparkman of the PCA Historical Center who has been working on the newly acquired papers of Floyd Hamilton. This is the first new discovery of a Gordon Clark letter in a while. And it is an important letter as it was written during the Clark – …

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