Sermon on Luke 19:28-40 – “Upon the Triumphal Entry”

Sermon for Sunday, April 10th, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Zec 9:9-13 ESV] 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, …

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Sermon on James 2:14-26 – “James’s Definition of Faith”

Sermon for Sunday, March 27th, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Gen 22:1-14 ESV] 1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the …

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Review of Reformed & Evangelical across Four Centuries

Reformed & Evangelical across Four Centuries, The Presbyterian Story in America by Nathan P. Feldmuth, S. Donald Fortson III, Garth M. Rosell, and Kenneth J. Stewart. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2022, 364 pp. This is a valuable book which holds the interest of the reader, no small feat for a book on Presbyterian history. The …

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Sermon on James 1:19-27 – “Swift to Hear, Swift to Do”

Sermon for Sunday, March 13th, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Pro 10:18-32 ESV] 18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool. 19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. 20 The tongue …

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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.