Yearly Archives: 1998


Light and Darkness

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v.2

A good example of what nuance can be lost in a too free translation. I like the NIV for many reasons (I will never leave it because the annotations in my Bible would take years to bring over to another Bible and becaus…


Paul’s Shipwreck

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The next "we" section begins, which had been broken off at 21:18. Luke does not tell us where he has been the past two years. Many have thought, of course, that he spent the time largely in Palestine gatheri…


The Challenge

Audio:   Download Audio Psalm 137 This morning we conclude our series on the contemporary challenge of Roman Catholicism. We began our study by noting that thoughtful evangelicals — ministers and laypeople alike — were abandoning their Protestant churches, including the Presbyterian Church in America, in unprecedented numbers. We considered some of the reasons why […]


Purgatory

Audio:   Download Audio 2 Cor. 5:1-10 We are coming to the end of our series of studies of Roman Catholic doctrine and practice.  My plan is to conclude the series next Lord’s Day morning, not with the examination of one more feature of Catholic teaching but with a summation, a drawing together of the […]


Paul’s Imprisonment

A longer reading than customary this evening. You should consider yourselves fortunate. My first Sunday evening at Gilcomston South Church in Aberdeen the service lasted two and a half hours and Mr. Still made it through some 13 chapters of Jerem…


The Mass, Pt. 2

Audio:   Download Audio John 6:43-59 We are picking up this morning where we left off last Lord’s Day morning. In last Sunday’s introduction to our consideration of the Roman Catholic doctrine and practice of the Mass, we said that if only Christians would hold fast to certain fundamental perspectives and emphases of Holy Scripture […]


Paul’s Character

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“…torn ourselves…” Affection on both sides and, all the more, in light of Paul’s prediction that they would not see one another again.
v.3

An eyewitness touch. That journey across the open sea, instead of…


The Mass, Pt. 1

Audio:   Download Audio Mark 14:17-26 This morning we begin to consider the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper or what they call “the Mass.” I have been preaching sermons that are somewhat longer than my norm during this series because the subjects being considered are so vast and because I did […]


The Church

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An interesting historical detail, the kind of thing a participant in the history would remember and all the more interesting a demonstration of historicity because no reason is given for Paul taking a different route…


The Papacy

Audio:   Download Audio Matthew 16:13-20 In our consideration of the contemporary challenge of Roman Catholicism we have come to the Roman Catholic doctrine and institution of the Papacy, the office of the Pope. Let no one mistake the tremendous claim that is made for this office in Roman Catholic theology and practice. It may […]


Mary

Audio:   Download Audio Luke 1:26-38 “No talk of Catholic [practice] can advance very far without coming upon the topic of the Virgin Mary.  And there is no topic, not the papacy, not the Mass itself, that arouses greater consternation, not to say scandal, among non-Catholics.”  So writes former Protestant evangelical and now Roman Catholic, […]


Penance

Audio:   Download Audio John 20:19-23 I chose this particular text to introduce a discussion of the Roman Catholic sacrament of penance and the practice of penance in Catholic spiritual life because of the reference to it in this anecdote told by John Haas, a Roman Catholic theology professor: ‘The man sitting next to me […]