Why Didn’t Paul Mention the Virgin Birth of Jesus?

Apologetics and Theology

Jesus Mythicists frequently comment on Paul’s lack of description of aspects of Jesus’ life, including the virgin birth. Does Paul omission of this event mean that Paul was unaware of it or rejected it? It […]

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Let Your Light Shine

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 11:33-36 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction What is our purpose? I ask that both in terms of our role as a church and as individual followers of […]

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Who is the Greatest?

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 9:46-48 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction People should have great expectations. People should want to have a great life, a great marriage, a great career, even a […]

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Did Luke Believe in the Jesus Myth?

Apologetics and Theology

The Jesus myth claims that Jesus never existed and that his story is not based on history but on myth. Jesus would be no different than Horus or Dionysus. If the Jesus myth is true, […]

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What is Discipleship?

Discipleship

A sermon based on Luke 9:23-27 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church.  Introduction Why do we exist? Why is there a church? I mean both, why is there a Queen Street Baptist Church and […]

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Who is Jesus?

Jesus

A sermon based on Luke 9:18-20 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. You can find the audio here. Introduction I have been fortunate to have had a number of jobs and roles. Second only to […]

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3 Lessons From the Feeding of the 5000

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 9:10-17 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction How do we know when someone really means something? Usually they will repeat a statement more than once. Obviously it would be good […]

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Miracles Twelve Years in the Making

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 8:40-56 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to waiting. I can remember back in 1983 arriving at the Lincoln […]

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Jesus: The Tomb Raider

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 8:26-39 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction There are plenty of events in the life and ministry of Jesus that it would be neat to be at. Imagine what it […]

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Jesus in the Storm

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 8:22-25 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Have you ever been in a scary situation in which things seemed out of control? While I can think of some pretty […]

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Do Acts 9:27 and Acts 22:9 Contradict Each Other?

Acts

Luke records Paul’s conversion three times in the book of Acts. First in the third person in chapter 9 and then twice in the first person in Acts 22 and 26. The problem is that […]

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Are We Listening?

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 8:1-15 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Relationships depend on communication. That is a basic fact. Show me any relationship that is struggling, and you will find there is […]

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Love and Thankfulness

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 7:36-50 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction People either love surprises or hate them. In many cases it depends on the nature of the surprise. I remember coming home […]

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Faith, Doubt and the Unexpected

Sermons

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church on Luke 7:18-28. Introduction Would you describe yourself as gullible or skeptical? I must confess that one of my guilty privileges is having fun with gullible people. […]

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I Believe. Yes, Sir!

Sermons

A message based on Luke 7:1-10 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction What would it take to amaze you? Depending on your life experience, it might be difficult for you to be surprised or taken […]

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The Secret to Living the Christian Life

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 6:43-49 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction When I talk to skeptics about why they reject Christianity, their responses generally fall into two camps. One, which I’m not going to […]

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To Judge or Not to Judge

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 6:37-42 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction It has been observed that we live in a post-Christian society, where many people both inside and outside the church are not […]

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Tough Love: What Does It Mean To Love Our Enemies?

Love

A sermon based on Luke 6:27-36 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I don’t think that I need to preach too hard on the importance of love. I’m sure that there are very few […]

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Blessings and Woes in an Upside Down World

Blessings and Woes

A sermon that looks at the blessings and woes in Luke 6:17-26 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction God bless you! When are you most likely to hear that? While we should hear it a […]

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The Miracle Worker

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 5:12-32 preached at Queen St Baptist Church. Introduction There have been a number of movies that have stuck with me as having a real impact. One of those movies was […]

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Caught in Jesus’ Net

Jesus

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on Luke 5:1-11. Introduction I have accomplished many things in my life that I never thought that I would. I never thought I would write a book. […]

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So You Think You Know Jesus?

Jesus

A sermon I preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on Luke 4:14-30. Introduction What we are going to be looking at today is the story of Jesus returning to his hometown of Nazareth and the […]

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Trusting Like Jesus

Sermons

This is a sermon titled “Trusting Like Jesus” based on Luke 4:1-13 that I preached at Queen St Baptist Church. Introduction One of the things that I really love about the Bible is that there […]

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Repent!

Sermons

“Repent” is a sermon I preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on Luke 3:1-14 Introduction A pastor colleague suggested that my first sermon as the pastor of QSBC should be on John the Baptist’s […]

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A Gospel for Everyone

Sermons

Gospel of Luke: A Gospel for Everyone preached at Queen Street Baptist Church Acts 2:14-21 Introduction There are so many things that we as a Christian congregation could look at. We have 66 books of the […]

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I. Howard Marshall and the Book of Acts

Acts

There are certain scholars that I know I can go to their books and find good solid evangelical scholarship. I. Howard Marshall is one of those scholars and his Acts commentary is no exception. The […]

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Devotions: Luke

A devotion based on Luke 19:9. One of the most popular stories in the Gospels is the story of Zacchaeus. There is a reason why children are able to enjoy it. It is incredibly visual. […]

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World Upside Down

As part of a course that I am teaching on Acts at Emmanuel Bible College, I assigned World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age by C. Kavin Rowe. While understanding this aspect of […]

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Zechariah, Mary and the Asking of Questions

An important part of apologetics is about the asking of questions and the wrestling with the potential answers. Although some people are uncomfortable with questions, they are essential to a healthy and strong faith. I […]

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Male-Female Pairs in Luke-Acts

One of the things that I like about Luke is that he has a special interest in the role of women.  In both his Gospel and in Acts, Luke often pairs men and women, giving […]

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Things Are Not What They Seem

Luke 25:13-35 Introduction Have you ever been really down in the dumps?  Have you had your plans, your expectations and things went the complete wrong way?  Have you ever been deeply disappointed?  I think that […]

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A New Start

Sermons

Luke 19:1-10 Introduction New Years is a time for people to think of new beginnings.  People think about losing weight, working out, quitting smoking, picking up a hobby and so on.  That is a good […]

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Paul Maier on the Date of the Nativity

When was Jesus born?  Historian Paul Maier tackles this issue in this article.  He includes a discussion of the problem of Quirinius and the date of the census.

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Have Some Faith

Luke 1:5-20, 26-35 Introduction Growing up, I did not realize how easy my parents had it at Christmas.  Since I was an only child, not only was it cheaper to buy presents for only one […]

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The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-15 Introduction When it comes to learning how to do something, there are different kinds of people.  Some people need everything spelled out for them.  They don’t want to think, they want each step […]

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