Douglas Douma

Sermon on Exodus 5:1-23 – “Bricks Without Straw”

Sermon for Sunday, February 21st, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Psa 14:1-7 ESV] 1 To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. 2 The LORD looks down from …

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Sermon on Exodus 4:18-31 – “Moses’s Meetings”

Sermon for Sunday, February 14th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 4:18-31 ESV] 18 Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Please let me go back to my brothers in Egypt to see whether they are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go …

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Sermon on Exodus 4:1-17 – “The Lord Who Made You”

Sermon for Sunday, February 7th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 4:1-17 ESV] 1 Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you.’” 2 The LORD said to him, “What is …

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Sermon on Exodus 3:1-22 – “God’s Calling”

Sermon for Sunday, January 24th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 3:1-22 ESV] 1 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. …

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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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