A story of Rev. Thomas Grier, “Minister of Minisink”

The following is excerpted from “The History of Sullivan County” by James Eldridge Quinlan, 1873. Rev. Thomas Grier (or Greer) was the founding pastor of each the Westtown and Unionville Presbyterian Churches. Here we find him laboring in a neighboring county.   There is ground for belief that Rev. Thomas Greer, a Presbyterian clergyman of …

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On the Requirement of Being a Member of an Evangelical Church to Take Communion

There are a number of requirements to take communion in a Reformed or Presbyterian church. While specifics may vary from church to church, before participating in communion a person must be baptized, must be of sufficient maturity to “examine yourself,” must not be under church discipline, and must be a member of an evangelical (or …

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Sermon on Acts 2:1-13 – “Hearing the Gospel, Proclaiming the Gospel”

Scripture reading: [Act 2:1-13 ESV] 1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested …

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Sermon on Exodus 10:21-11:10 – “Darkness and Deliverance”

Sermon for Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 10:21 – 11:10 ESV] 21 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out …

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Sermon on Exodus 10:1-20 – “A Brood of Locusts, a Brooding Pharaoh”

Sermon for Sunday, May 16th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 10:1-20 ESV] 1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them, 2 and …

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Fault Lines and Flimsy Theologians

Voddie Baucham names names in his recent book, Fault Lines, The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe. He identifies a number of theologians with evangelical or even once-conservative credentials who have bought into at least some of the errors of Wokeism. These theologians include Tim Keller, Russell Moore, David Platt, Mark Dever, J. D. …

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The Pauline Corpus of Modern Scholars and Marcion

Modern bible “scholars” claim that certain Pauline epistles were not written by Paul but were later pseudepigraphal works. The seven letters they “consider genuine” are: First Thessalonians (c. 50 AD) Galatians (c. 53) First Corinthians (c. 53-54) Philippians (c. 55) Philemon (c. 55) Second Corinthians (c. 55-56) Romans (c. 57) (This leaves out Second Thessalonians …

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How many resurrections will there be?

The question of the number of resurrections of man is central to the question of millennial eschatology positions. The chiliast or premillennial position argues for two separate resurrections, one (the first) for the just and another (the second) for the unjust typically said to have an interval between them of a literal 1000 years. The …

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Sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:12-34 – “All Because of the Resurrection”

Easter Sunday, April 4th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament: [Psa 16:1-11 ESV] 1 A Miktam of David. Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” 3 As for the saints …

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The Consent of MOST of the Parts

Many who follow the theology of Cornelius Van Til also support strict subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Examples include Morton H. Smith1and R. Scott Clark.2 Even a whole denomination, the recently-defunct RPCUS (1983-2020) was committed to both Strict Subscriptionism and Van Tillian Apologetics.3 But for all the support of the Westminster Confession among …

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Sermon on Acts 1:12-26 – “From Eleven to Twelve”

Sermon for Sunday Evening, March 28th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Scripture reading: [Act 1:12-26 ESV] 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they …

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Sermon on Acts 6:14-27 – “The Genealogy of Moses and Aaron”

Sermon for Sunday, March 8th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 6:14-27 ESV] 14 These are the heads of their fathers’ houses: the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi; these are the clans of Reuben. 15 The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, …

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