Lesson on Romans 8

These are my notes for a lesson on Romans 8:33-34 that I taught at a nursing home in Raleigh, NC, in December 2017. Romans 8:33-34 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Why did Christ come to earth as a man?...

December 31, 2017

Presbycast on Deacons

I was invited on the Presbycast podcast to discuss my website reformeddeacon.com. You can listen here.

October 11, 2017

Lesson on Psalm 46

These are my notes for a lesson I taught on Psalm 46 at a nursing home in Raleigh, NC on December 11, 2016. To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling....

December 11, 2016

Lesson on Psalm 117

These are my notes for a lesson I taught on Psalm 117 at a nursing home in Raleigh, NC on March 20, 2016. Call to Worship: Hebrews 12:28-29 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Scripture Reading 1: Lamentations 3:22-26 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness....

March 20, 2016

He is a New Creation

These are my notes for a lesson I taught on 2 Corinthians 5:17 at a nursing home in Raleigh, NC on December 6, 2015. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17 Days of Creation — Genesis 1 The Bible opens by telling us that In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth....

December 6, 2015

ulsterworldly.com, a church history blog

I created ulsterworldly.com, a blog about the history of Presbyterianism, mainly to organize my notes and study. Many of the entries relate to my own family, where Presbyterianism goes back to the 1560s in Scotland. My other primary area of interest is the history of my own denomination, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. My prayer is that others will find these resources encouraging and strengthening as well.

November 14, 2015

Westminster Daily

To encourage Christians to read the Westminster Standards, Dr. Joey Pipa Jr. has prepared a calendar of readings from these three documents. By following his calendar, you will read through the Standards every year. With this site, you can find the daily readings at reformedconfessions.com/westminster-daily or in your email inbox.

June 8, 2015

Readings in the Reformed Diaconate

The Reformed churches have always held the office of deacon as essential to the church’s life. Following the pattern of Acts 6, our churches have sought to find “men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom” to serve the physical needs of the church so our elders can devote themselves to “to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Despite the priority we place on this office, I have found relatively little has been written specifically on the office of deacon....

May 10, 2015

Some Arguments for the Use of Uninspired Hymnody

There are five articles written in response to exclusive psalmody that I have found particularly helpful: one (in two parts) by Dr. Vern Poythress of Westminster Seminary, two by Dr. T. David Gordon of Grove City College and ordained in the PCA, one by Scott Sanborn of Northwest Theological Seminary, and one by Lee Irons who is a PCA minister in California. Two themes are present in both of these articles that make them particularly valuable....

October 9, 2013

Jesus' View of the Old Testament

I prepared these notes for a study with a friend in 2011. These notes are based on “Our Lord’s View of the Old Testament” by J. W. Wenham. References to Old Testament Narratives: …from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation. (Luke 11:51) For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man....

May 23, 2011