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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…

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.

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

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 Sufficiency of Scripture

2 Timothy 3:10-17 There can be no doubt as to the core issue separating Protestants from Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians. It is the sufficiency of Holy Scripture. Roman Catholics and the Orthodox both impute to the church an authority that lies, at least beside, if not underneath the authority of Holy Scripture. It is, […]

Trusting the Tradition

Matthew 23:25-39 Text Comment We pick up our text in the middle of the Lord Jesus’ terrible accusation of the teachers of the law and Pharisees, who are identified as his subject in v. 2. One thing becomes very clear if you listen carefully to the Protestant evangelicals who have converted to Roman Catholicism. They […]

Hearing Sermons

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The primitive preaching was, in the terms of the modern alternative, transactional more than interpersonal, that is, it focused more on the objective realities of sin, guilt, Christ's atonement, and the eschatological…


1 John 4:1-3 Today we begin a series of Lord’s Day morning sermons unlike our usual fare. As you know, it is the custom of this pulpit, for reasons I have given you from time to time, to preach consecutively through books or parts of the Bible. I deviate from that plan from time to […]


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“God-fearer” a Gentile who had embraced the Jewish faith but had not become a practicing Jew because he had not yet submitted to circumcision (as was the case here with Cornelius, cf. 11:3).

While we ten…

Peter's Miracles

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Luke returns now to Peter for three and a half more chapters before Paul takes center stage for the remainder of the book. Very different men used in different ways by the King of the Church.


Apparently, Peter had …

Paul's Conversion

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The chapter has sometimes been titled “How Paul lost his bad breath.” Paul later describes himself to have been in a kind of raging fury against the Christians. 26:11: “Many a time I went from one synagogue to another…


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"Cilicia" Is this the synagogue attended by Saul of Tarsus, with Saul himself as the chief instigator of the opposition to the Christians?

Jesus did, of course, say such things, and Stephen was n…

Ananias and Sapphira

Read Acts 4:32-5:11
The chapter division is not well placed. It ought to be between 4:31 and 4:32, for, though 4:32-36 summarizes again the spirit of these early Christians — repeating in greater detail the information already given in 2:44-45 …

Christian Confidence

Read: 4:23-31
The disciples, Peter and John in particular, had been jailed over night, hauled before the authorities, ordered not to preach in the name of Jesus, and threatened with further reprisal if they did. Their response to this intimidation…

The Power of Unbelief

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The Sadducees were particularly annoyed by the message, for they denied the doctrine of the resurrection. That this teaching should have been spread in the Temple would have only infuriated them the more as they thought…

A Miracle

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Luke is now going to give a particular instance of those miracles he said in 2:43 the Apostles were performing. And its setting is in the temple courts where we have already read (2:46) the Christians were meeting daily.


Church Structure

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“They” = 3,000 + 120 or thereabouts; so almost all the church believers of but a few days. Not meeting in one place all at once, of course, but in many different congregations, as v. 46 indicates. The only place they may…


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A troublesome introduction of baptism for Protestant Christians. Seeing that baptism does not save someone, why muddy the waters so early on? We don't deny, of course, that baptism does not have the same place in salva…


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Pentecost from the Greek word for “50” because this feast occurred fifty days after Passover. It was the OT's Feast of Weeks, a late Spring harvest festival.

You know that the Greek word pneuma can be trans…


I have long looked forward to studying the Book of Acts with you. Over many years of Sunday evening services we made our way through the historical books of the OT, from Joshua to Esther. It is high time we made our way through the great book of earl…

The Ethics of the Kingdom of God

Download Text “The Ethics of the Kingdom of God” 1 Thess. 5:12-15 Sept. 17, 1995 Text Comment v. 14 “warn” is the same word as “admonish” in v. 12 ____________________________________ Verses 14 and 15 contain the kind of statements we tend to pass over with little thought or reflection. A series of exhortations to practice […]