Douglas Douma

Sermon on Acts 5:12-5:42 – “The Wisdom of Man and the Wisdom of God”

Sermon for Sunday Evening, February 27th, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Scripture reading: [Act 5:12-42 ESV] 12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but …

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Sermon on Exodus 40:34-38 – “Filling the Tabernacle”

Sermon for Sunday, February 27th, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 40:34-38 ESV] 34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on …

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Sermon on Exodus 34:29-35 – “The Shining Glory of God”

Sermon for Sunday, February 20th, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 34:29-35 ESV] 29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face …

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Sermon on Exodus 34:1-28 – “The Mercy and Grace of God”

Sermon for Sunday, February 13th, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 34:1-28 ESV] 1 The LORD said to Moses, “Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. 2 …

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The Changing Name of the Village of Unionville, NY

Today’s Unionville, NY had other names in its early years. According to the histories, it was once known as “Tucker’s Store” since an early resident, Henry Tucker, operated a store out of his house here. Then the general area was referred to as “Westown” (with one “t”) or “Westtown” (with two “t’s”) being as it …

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An 1878 Surprise

Two newspapers noted a surprise wedding at the Unionville Presbyterian Church in 1878. The first is the Evening Gazette of Port Jervis, NY of August 1st of that year. The second, similar but with a few changes, is the Tri-States Union, also of Port Jervis, NY but from the next day, August 2nd.  

Sermon on Acts 4:32-5:11 – “Just Say No to Communism”

Sermon for Sunday Evening, January 23rd, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Scripture reading: [Act 4:32-5:11 ESV] 32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything …

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Sermon on Exodus 29:1-46 – “What Does it Take to be Clean?”

Sermon for Sunday, January 16th, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 30:1-10 ESV] 1 “You shall make an altar on which to burn incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. 2 A cubit shall be its length, and a cubit its breadth. It shall be square, and …

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The hiking deaths of two Old Testament professors.

In 1979 Covenant Seminary professor J. Barton Payne died from a fall while climbing Mt. Fuji on sabbatical in Japan. In 1996 Denver Seminary professor Bob Alden died of a heart attack shortly after hiking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. I had learned about each of these cases some years ago, but conflated them …

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Sermon on Exodus 28:1-43 – “The Glorious High Priest”

Sermon for Sunday, January 9th, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 27:9-21 ESV] 9 “You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side. 10 Its twenty pillars and their …

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Books I read in 2021

Things got busy in 2021! So while I read around 100 books a year each of the last few previous years, in 2021 I managed to read only 27 books. What happened? Well, in July my wife gave birth to our second child (and first son, Birch). While Birch has been generally a smiley boy …

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Two Christmas Sermons

Sermon on Luke 2:1-7 – “A Christmas Message to Remember” Sermon for Friday, December 24th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Scripture reading: [Luk 2:1-7 ESV] 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius …

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Sermon on Matthew 18:15-20 – “Directions for Corrections”

Sermon for Sunday, December 19th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 27:9-19 ESV] 9 “You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side. 10 Its twenty pillars and their …

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Repentance and Assurance

I have often seen Christians doubt their salvation because of concerns over whether they have sufficiently repented of their sins. Their mindset is something like this: “I’m told I must repent to be saved, but I keep sinning, therefore I must not be saved.” This mindset, however, generally misunderstands the nature of Biblical repentance and …

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Sermon on Exodus 26:1-37 – “Seeing Christ in the Tabernacle”

Sermon for Sunday, December 12th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 27:1-8 ESV] 1 “You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits broad. The altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits. 2 And you shall make horns for …

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