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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Sermon on John 19:17-37 – “The Suffering of the Servant”

Sermon for Sunday, October 18th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Isa 53:3-6 ESV] 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely …

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An 1883 Sermon of Henry Frost Wadsworth

[A July 1883 sermon of Rev. Henry Frost Wadsworth, pastor of First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY. Given five months prior to his retirement.] Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. The apostle opens this chapter by showing the difference …

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Sermon on John 19:1-16 – “The Evil of Expediency”

Sermon for Sunday, October 11th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Psa 47:1-9 ESV] 1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! 2 For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, …

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An 1880 Sermon of Henry Frost Wadsworth

[July 4 1880, sermon of Rev. Henry Frost Wadsworth, pastor of First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY] Psalm 144:15 Yea happy is that people whose God is the Lord. The psalmist was accustomed to trace genuine prosperity to its true and only source, whether relating to individuals or nations. He found from experience that every …

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Sermon on John 18:25-27 – “Jesus Spoke Openly”

Sermon for Sunday, September 27th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Mic 5:1-6 ESV] 1 Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek. 2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too …

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Gordon Clark’s Apologetic Methodology

As the biographer of the noted presbyterian philosopher Gordon H. Clark, a number of students of Christian apologetics have asked me to explain his apologetic methodology. In recent decades, buoyed by the great number of internet forums for endless argumentation and debate, the topic of apologetics seems to have overtaken in popularity the study of …

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An 1864 sermon of Henry Frost Wadsworth

[A January 1864 sermon of Rev. Henry Frost Wadsworth, pastor of First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY. Found among the historical papers of the church.] Rom. 12:11 – Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. There are some who entertain the idea that industry is in competition with religion. Such claim that …

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Sermon on John 18:1-14 – “Betrayed, As Planned”

Sermon for Sunday, September 20th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Jdg 16:18-22 ESV] 18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up again, for he has told me all his heart.” Then the …

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A Battle on the Board of Trustees at Westminster Seminary, 1935-1936.

[I’ve been collecting references to this event. While I haven’t written a prose account, I figured the references themselves (chronologically ordered) might be of interest to OPC, BPC, and Machen scholars.] J. Gresham Machen to Presbyterian minister Roy T. Brumbaugh, 10/9/1935 – “It looks as though the crisis were on in the Seminary board meeting. …

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