Monthly Archives: January 2000

1 Samuel 2:12-36

Download sermon 1 Samuel 2:12-36   Text Comment v.12     “wicked men” = lit. “sons of Belial”. Later “Belial” would be personalized as a name for Satan (as Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:15). These sons of Eli “did not know” the Lord. The NIV translation, “had not regard for” does, of course, get the sense of […]

1 Samuel 2:1-11

Download sermon This great psalm of thanksgiving is the prototype of the “Magnificat” as anyone can see who compares it with Luke 1:46-55. And like the Magnificat it ranges far beyond the particular blessing of a child as the gift of God to a devout woman. Only in v. 5 is that thought explicitly present. […]

1 Samuel 1:1-28

Download sermon Text Comment Now, before we begin our reading of chapter 1, just a word on the larger context, so we get our bearings. Chapters 1-3 is about the rise of Samuel as the Lord’s prophet, and the contrast of Samuel a faithful prophet with the corrupt sons of Eli, the priests Hophni and […]

Samuel, Introduction

Download sermon Why Study the Books of Samuel?  Or, better, the “Book” of Samuel.  The Jews thought of it as a single book and it really is.  The Massoretes, the Jewish scribes who were the custodians of the sacred text for the Jews from AD 500 to 1000, as part of their procedure to ensure […]

The Gospel of John 1:1-5

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 1:1-5 This morning we begin a new series of sermons and I’m giving you really something in the way of an introduction. I regret it in a way that we’re not simply plunging into the magnificent beginning of the Gospel of John, taking it up as John begins […]


Download address I’ve dealt with today’s topic three or four times during the years of Covenant High School’s existence.  The last time was two years ago during the Spring week that the seniors and juniors were in Great Britain.  I had thought that I might use that time for the purpose again.  In that way, […]