Yearly Archives: 2016


The Christian Faith Is Unscientific, Part 2

Download audio Download text Last Lord’s Day evening we began our consideration of the doubts that rise in Christian minds because of assertions, often by learned people, that our faith is unscientific or has been disproved by science. In our first sermon, after considering what is meant by “science” so-called, we focused on attacks that […]


The Christian Faith Is Unscientific, Part 1

Download Audio Download Text There is a large number of Christians, and, in particular, a large number of Christian college and university students, who have abandoned their Christian faith because they came to believe that it was unscientific. They were persuaded that our fundamental convictions as Christians – that God created the world, that Adam […]


Christian Experience Acts 19:1-10

Download Audio Download text Acts 19:1-10 Now Paul arrives in Ephesus where he will remain for between two and three years, the longest period of residential ministry on any of his three missionary tours. And Luke begins with an interesting and somewhat odd report of the apostle’s encounter with some disciples of John the Baptist. […]


Unanswered Prayer Part 2, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Download audio Download text 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Last Lord’s Day evening we began considering unanswered prayer as a cause of Christian doubt by exploring the nature of biblical language. Much of our problem comes from our expectation, founded perhaps understandably enough, but mistakenly on what appears to us to be the unqualified promise of the […]


Unanswered Prayer Part 1, Psalms 42 & 43

Download audio Download sermon Psalms 42 & 43 We are considering these Lord’s Day evenings the various reasons Christians struggle with doubts about their faith. Perhaps all along the way, perhaps at a particular point in time, perhaps because others whose opinion matters to them – university professors, college friends, a favorite author, perhaps the […]


The Day of Salvation Acts 18:1-17

Download audio Download sermon Acts 18:1-17 We’ve been away from Acts for a month, so let me remind you where we are. Paul is in the midst of what is called his second missionary journey. Remember, “journey” is an appropriate description of this period in Paul’s career so long as we realize that very little […]


Making the Argument Acts 17:16-34

Download audio Download sermon Acts 17:16-34 Apparently Athens had not been part of Paul’s plan for this second evangelistic and church-planting tour. He had established churches already in Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea. Where he would have headed next, had he not run into opposition in Berea, we are not told, but it would probably have […]


How the Gospel Goes Acts 16:6-40

Download audio Download sermon Acts 16:6-40 We had an extensive account of Paul’s evangelism and church-planting ministry in chapters 13 and 14. Now Paul returns to that ministry and, in this case, we are furnished with more personal detail. There are sermons aplenty in the text we are about to read, but I plan to […]


Love at Work Acts 15:22-35

Download audio Download sermon Acts 15:22-35 We considered last time Luke’s record of the first formal meeting of the leadership of the international Christian church. They met to resolve a disagreement about precisely how Gentiles were to be incorporated into the Christian Church. Today is Pentecost, the celebration of Christ’s gift of the Holy Spirit […]


The Gospel’s Offense Acts 14:1-28

Download audio Download text Acts 14:1-28 Paul and Barnabas, driven out of Antioch by the city’s rich and powerful element, made their way to Iconium, some 90 miles eastward along the Roman road. Iconium is, today, the large Turkish city of Konya. Text Comment v.1       Once again the word of God proved itself powerful to […]


James 5:19-20

Download audio Download sermon James 5:19-20 Tonight we conclude our series of sermons on James, the New Testament’s only book of wisdom and the book that, more than any other, is dependent upon the teaching of the Lord Jesus himself, James’ elder brother. Throughout this little book, in a variety of ways, James has – […]


The Prayer of Faith James 5:13-18

Download audio Download sermon James 5:13-18 Our text this evening, short as it is, has been the source of some important contention in Christian history, so my comments on the text, as we read it, will be somewhat lengthy. Text Comment v.13     The word translated “suffering” here is a form of the same word used […]


A Missionary Faith Acts 13:1-12

Download audio Download text Acts 13:1-12 Chapters 13 and 14 of the book of Acts relate the first extensive missionary activity conducted on behalf of the Christian gospel. We cannot say, of course, that Paul was the first Christian missionary. But he is the first of whose missionary work we have a contemporary report. Other […]


Reading the Signs Acts 12:20-25

Download audio Download text Acts 12:20-25 We’ve been away from Acts for several Sunday mornings and return to it at a paragraph that relates an incident that has, at first glance, little obvious connection to the main drift of the narrative to this point. It is not about what the Christians were doing to spread […]


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 […]