Sermon on Exodus 2:11-15 – “The Maturing of Moses”

Sermon for Sunday, January 17th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 2:11-25 ESV] 11 One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. 12 He looked this …

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Anthropopathism and God’s Desire of Salvation

Anthropopathism and God’s Desire of Salvation By Douglas J. Douma and Benjamin Wong THESIS: The doctrine of divine anthropopathism provides a sufficient though not necessary reason for denying the well-meant offer; the teaching that God desires the salvation even of the reprobate. A disagreement regarding the extent and nature of God’s desire of salvation which …

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Sermon on Exodus 1:15-22 – “The Virtue of Disobedience”

Sermon for Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 1:15-22 ESV] 15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on …

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The Only Truth

One of Francis Schaeffer’s greatest contributions was to warn Christians about what we now call Postmodernism, that truth-denying relativistic philosophy which in the last fifty years has had considerable and increasing sway over society. Schaeffer did well to warn us of it. For at least two hundred years the rationalistic philosophy of Modernism plagued the …

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A Terror to Good Works

Christian ministers and theologians commonly note that our obligation to obey the magistrate ends whenever morality is concerned. That is, while the Christian is to “be subject to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1), this is limited by the necessity to “obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) But recently I’ve been considering whether there are …

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Sermon on Exodus 1:1-14 – “God’s People, Bottomed Out”

Sermon for Sunday, December 27th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 1:1-14 ESV] 1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4 Dan and Naphtali, …

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Books I read in 2020

For the fourth consecutive year I’ve kept track of the books that I’ve read. My favorite non-fiction books this year were Marsden’s biography of Jonathan Edwards, and Marvin Kamp’s history of the revival of the Dutch church in “1834.” My favorite non-fiction book was George Eliot’s “Silas Marner.” The average rating of books has increased …

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Sermon – “The Two Testaments”

Sermon for Sunday, December 13th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Dan 9:24-27 ESV] 24 “Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both …

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Sermon – “The Three Parts of the Old Testament”

Sermon for Sunday, December 6th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Mal 4:1-5 ESV] 1 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, …

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Review of Bavinck, A Critical Biography by James Eglinton

Bavinck, A Critical Biography by James Eglinton, 2020, Baker Academic, 450 pp. This will be something short of a proper review as I intend to only make a few short comments. Try as I might I can’t find myself interested in Herman Bavinck. (I only read this book because my brother, who knows the author, …

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Sermon on John 20:30 – 21:25 – “Jesus’s Third Appearance”

Sermon for Sunday, November 15th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Pro 22:1-6 ESV] 1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. 2 The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the Maker of them …

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Sermon on Exodus 20:2 – “Following from Love” (Wedding of Eric and Michelle)

Sermon for Wedding of Eric and Michelle, Saturday, November 14th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Scripture reading: [Exo 20:2 ESV] 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”   The account of the Exodus is the National …

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Sermon on John 20:19-29 – “He is Risen Indeed”

Sermon for Sunday, November 8th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Job 19:23-27 ESV] 23 “Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! 24 Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! 25 For I know …

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Gordon Clark’s Theory of Divine Illumination

In The Light of the Mind Ronald Nash notes four major interpretations of Augustine’s theory of Divine Illumination: the Thomist, the Franciscan, the Formal, and the Ontologist. (p. 94 ff.) As Gordon Clark was a proponent of Divine Illumination, it is proper to ask which, if any, of these interpretations did he subscribe to? Or …

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Sermon on John 20:1-18 – “This Changes Everything!”

Sermon for Sunday, November 1st, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Dan 12:1-4 ESV] 1 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till …

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Why I am a Clarkian

[I’m glad to present this post with the contributions of several individuals each writing on the question “Why I am a Clarkian.” – DJD] Rev. Doug Douma, M.B.A., M.Div. – Pastor of First Presbyterian Church (BPC), Unionville NY. While I’m not keen on promoting myself as a “Clarkian” any more than a “Calvinist,” there is …

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Review of Epistemic Fragments by Elihu Carranza

You may know the name Elihu Carranza because of his Logic Primer and/or Logic Workbook, the latter of which was published by the Trinity Foundation. Who is Elihu Carranza? The “About the Author” section in his Epistemic Fragments tells us: Elihu Carranza, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University in California taught courses in Logic, …

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