Month: December 2020

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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