Douglas Douma

Sermon on John 13:31-38 – “The Love of Jesus”

Mailed out for: Sunday, May 31st, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Lev 19:9-18 ESV] 9 “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. 10 And you shall not …

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Sermon on John 13:18-30 – “Jesus Foretells Judas’ Betrayal”

Mailed out for: Sunday, May 24th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Psa 41:1-13 ESV] 1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him; 2 the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; …

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Sermon on John 12:44-50 – “The Word of God is Eternal Life”

Mailed out for: Sunday, May 10th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Isa 51:1-6 ESV] 1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2 Look to …

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Compatible or Derived?

It is critical in theology to consider whether the view one defends is actually derived from Scripture or is only, at best, compatible with Scripture. Consider, for instance, applying the question “compatible or derived?” to the various positions held on the topic of origins. While atheistic evolution is immediately rejected by Christians — and rightly …

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Sermon on John 12:27-36 – “The Death of Christ is the Plan of God”

Mailed out for: Sunday, April 26th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Isa 53:1-6 ESV] 1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like …

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Scripturalist Hermeneutics and Extra-Biblical Information

Despite covering a wide and deep swath of theology in his numerous books and articles a lacuna remains in the writings of Dr. Gordon H. Clark in that he never wrote a piece specifically addressed to the topic of hermeneutics or Biblical interpretation. Though indeed no individual writing of Clark’s was dedicated to this topic—and …

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Sermon on John 12:1-11 – “The Value of the Lord”

Mailed out for: Sunday, March 29th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Sermon Text: [John 12:1-11 ESV] 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was …

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A Quandary for Proponents of the Well-Meant Offer

Sinclair Ferguson is perhaps today’s leading proponent of the “well-meant offer of the Gospel,” the teaching that God desires the salvation of all men, elect and reprobate as well. Proponents of the well-meant offer land into particularly difficult quandaries as the inherent unlimitedness of the position presses up against the limitedness of the Calvinist view …

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Sermon on 2 Chronicles 34:8-21 – “A Scroll is Found”

March 8th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Sermon Text: [2Ch 34:8-21 ESV] 8 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had cleansed the land and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz, the …

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Unionville Church Minutes 1880-1889

March 7th 1880 The following named persons having been previously elected, to the office of ruling elders, by a vote of this church Asa Smith, Samuel Hartwell, Jonathan Whitaker, J. Harvey Hanford were this day set apart to this office, according to the constitution or usage of the Presbyterian church. H. F. Wadsworth. Pastor. (Elder …

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Sermon on John 11:1-44 – “The Resurrection and the Life”

February 16th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Sermon Text: [Jhn 11:1-44 ESV] 1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was …

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Sermon on John 10:22-42 – “No Power Can Stand Against God”

February 9th, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Sermon Text: [Jhn 10:22-42 ESV] 22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, …

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Unionville Church Minutes, 1870-1879

March 25th, 1870 Session met at the call fo the Moderator. Opened with prayer. Present H. F. Wadsworth, Moderator, Isaac Swift, Peter C. Hanford. (Absent Marcus Haynes.) Mr. Oliver Grover was received into the church by letter of dismission and recommendation from the Second Presbyterian church at Newburyport Mass. Closed with prayer. H. F. Wadsworth, …

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