Monthly Archives: March 2016


Why Believe Luke 24:1-12

Download audio Download text Luke 24:1-12 None of the four Gospels describes the resurrection itself, which in the event no one saw. That is striking evidence of the historical seriousness of these narratives. They speak only of what people actually witnessed. Nothing is concocted as it would have been in a fabricated story. All four […]


The Dangers of Wealth James 5:1-6

Download audio Download sermon James 5:1-6 As we have already had occasion to notice a number of times, James addresses themes that are prominent in OT wisdom literature, especially the book of Proverbs, but also in Ecclesiastes and in several of the Psalms that are clearly part of that library of wisdom literature. The most […]


The Early Church at Prayer Acts 12:1-19

Download audio Download sermon Acts 12:1-19 We have now witnessed the epoch-making introduction of Gentiles into the Christian church, a development that, in the nature of the case, happened in areas where Gentiles were concentrated. The Word of God, as our Savior had said it would, was spreading outward from Jerusalem, but events there now […]


“Lord Willing” and “Know Yourself”! James 4: 11-17

Download audio Download sermon James 4: 11-17 Text Comment v.11     In earlier English translations “speak evil against” was rendered with the more acerbic “backbite.” You’ll notice that “you adulterous people” in v. 4 has given way to James’ more characteristic address: “brothers.” That is important in this case because how we speak about others has […]


A Model Church Acts 11:19-30

Download audio Download sermon Acts 11: 19-30 Text Comment v.19     In other words, Luke is picking up the thread of his narrative from 8:4, where he described the persecution in Jerusalem that had scattered many of the Christians there. v.20     Most of the Jewish Christians who had left Jerusalem to escape the persecution had been […]