Jeremy Pierce: June 2011 Archives

Numbers 22-36 sermons

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Trinity Fellowship sermons typically work through books or sections of books at a time. Occasionally there will be a topical series, which I am listing as separate series. But individual sermons do occur, usually between series or on special days (most frequently Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, Reformation Sunday, Christmas, and New Years).

This short list consists of the topical sermons delivered between the Being Distinctively Christian series in the summer of 1997 and the Final Destinies series in the spring of 1998.

1. Ephesians 2:9-11 Reformation Sunday Pulpit Exchange (Jim Stone) 10-26-97
2. Matthew 1:18-25 Luke 2:22-33 The Major Prophets in New Testament Perspective (Jeremy Jackson) 12-14-97 
3. Joseph Was a Righteous Man (Bill Greenman) 12-21-97
4. Psalm 57 Humility, Trust, Praise, Trial (Doug Weeks) 12-28-97

For more sermons, see here.

Mark 11-16 sermons

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Mark 6-10 sermons

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Mark 1-5 sermons

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The elders decided to split this book in the middle of chapter 7. The previous unit ended at 7:4, so this unit begins with 7:5. The preaching schedule for this section of the book can be found here.

1. II Corinthians 7:5-16 Effects of true repentance (Jeremy Jackson) 4-13-97
2. II Corinthians 8:1-15 The Incentive to Give (Jeremy Jackson) 4-20-97
3. II Corinthians 8:16-9:5 An Appeal to Give (Doug Weeks) 4-27-97
4. II Corinthians 9:6-15 The Mystery of Generosity (Doug Weeks) 5-4-97
5. II Corinthians 10:1-6 The Nature of Spiritual Warfare (Jeremy Jackson) 5-11-97
6. II Corinthians 10:7-18 The Aims of the Christian Soldier (Bill Greenman) 5-18-97
7. II Corinthians 11:1-15 False and True Apostles (Jeremy Jackson) 6-1-97
8. II Corinthians 11:16-33 Privation as a Mark of Service (Bill Greenman) 6-8-97
9. II Corinthians 12:1-10 The Sufficiency of Grace (Jeremy Jackson) 6-15-97
10. II Corinthians 12:11-21 Responding to Genuine Ministry (Jeremy Jackson) 6-22-97
11. II Corinthians 13 Final Appeal and Benediction (Doug Weeks) 6-29-97

Jeremy Jackson preached on II Corinthians 9-9 in 1978. See the topical sermons here.
Doug Weeks preached on II Corinthians 9:8 in 1981. See the same topical sermons as above.
Bill Finch preached a sermon on II Corinthians 8 in 1986. See the topical series here.
Jeremy Jackson preached a sermon on II Corinthians 8-9 in 1988. See the topicals here.
Jeremy Jackson preached a sermon on II Corinthians 9:6 in 1992. See the topicals here.
Bill Greenman preached a seermon on II Corinthians 12:7-10 in 2000. See the topicals here.

For more sermons, see here.

The elders decided to split this book in the middle of a chapter. This unit ends with 7:4. The next II Corinthians unit picks up with 7:5. The preaching schedule for this section of the book can be found here.

1. II Corinthians 1:1-11 Comfort in Affliction (Jeremy Jackson) 6-30-96
2. II Corinthians 1:12-22 Men's Plans and God's 'Yes' (Jeremy Jackson) 7-7-96
3. II Corinthians 1:23-2:13 The Shape of Christian Discipline (Doug Weeks) 7-14-96
4. II Corinthians 2:14-3:6 The Fragrance of Christ (Jeremy Jackson) 7-21-96
5. II Corinthians 3:7-18 The Splendor of the New Covenant (Jeremy Jackson) 7-28-96
6. II Corinthians 4:1-15 Treasure in Earthen Vessels (Rick Wellman) 8-4-96
7. II Corinthians 4:16-5:10 The Perspective of Eternity (Jim McCullough) 8-11-96
8. II Corinthians 5:11-21 The Ministry of Reconciliation (Doug Weeks) 8-18-96
9. II Corinthians 6:1-10 Accepting the Grace of God in Vain (Bill Greenman) 8-25-96
10. II Corinthians 6:11-7:4 Exclusiveness of God's Family (Doug Weeks) 9-8-96

Jeremy Jackson preached on II Corinthians in 5:21-7:1 in 1984. See the topical sermons here.
Jeremy Jackson preached a Labor Day sermon on II Corinthians 6:1-13 in 1994. See the topical sermons here.
The first two sermons in the 1998 Final Destinies series also looked at II Corinthians 5:1-10, among other passages.
Doug Weeks preached a sermon on II Corinthians 5:14-6:10 in 2005. See the topical sermons here.
Jeremy Jackson preached another Labor Day sermon on II Corinthians 6:1-14 in 2012. See the topical sermons here.

For more sermons, see here.

The introduction and preaching schedule for this section of the book is here.

1. I Corinthians 5 The Necessity of Church Discipline (Jeremy Jackson) 4-25-93
2. I Corinthians 6:1-11 Christians as Heirs of the Kingdom (Jeremy Jackson) 5-2-93
3. I Corinthians 6:12-20 The Christian as God's Temple (Doug Weeks) 5-9-93
4. I Corinthians 7:1-9 Passion and Piety (Jeremy Jackson) 5-16-93
5. I Corinthians 7:10-16 Marriage, Separation and Divorce (Jeremy Jackson) 5-23-93
6. I Corinthians 7:17-28 Accepting One's State in Life (Doug Weeks) 5-30-93
7. I Corinthians 7:29-40 Being in the World but not of it (Jeremy Jackson) 6-6-93
8. I Corinthians 8 The Well-Spring of Christian Conduct (Jeremy Jackson) 6-13-93
9. I Corinthians 9:1-14 Apostolic Example: Christian Rights (Jeremy Jackson) 6-20-93
10. I Corinthians 9:15-27 Apostolic Example: Christian Responsibility (Doug Weeks) 6-27-93
11. I Corinthians 10:1-13 'Take heed lest you fall' (Doug Weeks) 7-4-93
12. I Corinthians 10:14-22 The Gospel against Idolatry (Jeremy Jackson) 7-11-93
13. I Corinthians 10:23-11:1 The Nature of Christian Freedom (Jeremy Jackson) 7-18-93
14. I Corinthians 11:2-16 Man and Woman in Christ (Jeremy Jackson) 7-25-93
15. I Corinthians 11:17-26 The Supper: Necessary Divisions (Doug Weeks) 8-1-93
16. I Corinthians 11:27-34 The Supper: Necessary Discernment (Rick Wellman) 8-8-93

Bill Finch preached on I Corinthians 10-11 in 1982 See the topical sermons here.
Stefan Matzal preached a topical sermon in 2012 that included I Corinthians 9:19-23. See the topical sermons here.

For more sermons, see here.

The introduction and preaching schedule for this section of the book is here.

1. I Corinthians 1:1-9 Causes for gratitude (Jeremy Jackson) 7-12-92
2. I Corinthians 1:10-17 Cause for concern (Doug Weeks) 7-19-92
3. I Corinthians 1:18-25 The power of the Cross (Jeremy Jackson) 7-26-92
4. I Corinthians 1:26-2:5 Strength and Weakness (Jeremy Jackson) 8-2-92
5. I Corinthians 2:6-13 True and false wisdom (Rick Wellman) 8-9-92
6. I Corinthians 2:14-3:4 Spiritual and unspiritual men (Doug Weeks) 8-16-92
7. I Corinthians 3:5-17 Building which survives (Doug Weeks) 8-23-92
8. I Corinthians 3:18-4:5 Secrets of Christian servanthood (Jeremy Jackson) 8-30-92
9. I Corinthians 4:6-13 The life of an apostle (Jeremy Jackson) 9-13-92
10. I Corinthians 4:14-21 Apostolic responsibility (Doug Weeks) 9-20-92

Jeremy Jackson preached on I Corinthians 3:1-4:2 in 1980. See the topical sermons here.
Bill Lott preached a Reformation Sunday sermon on I Corinthians 1 in 1998. See the topical sermons here.
Bill Greenman preached a sermon on I Corinthians 2:1-5 in 2000. See the topical sermons here.

For more sermons, see here.

In the online ethical theory course I'm teaching this summer, one of the students brought up the abortion question, which led to a discussion among the students, during which some of the usual points came up. I think I just realized more explicitly what's wrong with one common line of argument that I've seen on this topic.

It's often said that someone consents to parental responsibility by having sex. By engaging in behavior that has a risk of producing a new human life, one has agreed to care for that resulting child. A common response to this line of argument is that we don't apply the same line of thinking elsewhere. For example, we don't (or at least shouldn't) hold someone responsible for being raped just because she wears revealing clothing or because she leaves her house to walk to the house ten houses down, during which she risks someone dragging her off and raping her.

What I think I've just realized is that we're conflating two different kinds of responsibility. In the rape case, we're talking about whether someone ought to suffer the consequences of a small risk. The risk of getting raped while walking down the road is very small, and we don't usually say people deserve what happens to them merely because they were walking alone outside. But the abortion question isn't about whether suffering is deserved. It's about whether you have a moral obligation to do something about what results. Conception occurs. Now there's a tiny human organism that results from the behavior in question. So does someone have obligations that incur because of the small risk you took?

That's more analogous to whether I owe damages to someone if the baseball I hit goes through their window, which was a small risk but one I willingly took. Raising a child is a much more serious responsibility than paying a one-time monetary compensation for breaking a window, but the issue seems parallel in many ways (and the obligation might not be raising the child but might simply be going through with the pregnancy, which is quite a bit less at least). If it's not parallel in enough ways, it would be interesting to explore why. Francis Beckwith has pointed out that one indication why we might think we do consent to parental obligations merely from one sexual act is that we assume that very thing in our child-support laws. Should we also assume it in our abortion laws, or is there a morally relevant difference between the two situations (beyond the mere fact that we're talking about men in one case and women in the other)?

Update: An anonymous coward commenter has criticized this post in the comments of the Philosophers' Carnival that includes it. Maryann has closed comments, so I have to respond here.

1. The idea that this post contains any victim-blaming is ludicrous. I said nothing about any victim being blamed for any behavior that victimized the victim other than to say that people should not be blamed for what they're not responsible for. What I did say is that sometimes we incur an obligation when we are not to blame. How that amounts to claiming that you are to blame is beyond me.

2. There's some debate in the comments about whether I meant the baseball analogy to be an analogy with rape cases or an analogy with a case of consensual sex with no desire for children. I meant it as neither. In fact, it's not an analogy. It's an example illustrating that a general principle held by Thompson (which I discussed in point 1 just above) is in fact false. I had in mind only that principle when I gave the baseball case. I wasn't thinking it was an analogy for either case. It was simply given as a case demonstrating that we don't hold to such a principle unless we want to hold to it to avoid a conclusion we don't like about abortion. But what I say about the principle itself because of the baseball case does indeed apply to rape cases. That certainly doesn't mean I'm blaming any rape victims, though, because what I in fact said (as I said in point 1 above) is that any incurred responsibilities in such cases are despite not being blameworthy.

3. There's a claim that I held to certain conditionals and a response that I didn't include those conditionals and did a terrible job indicating that I meant them if I had meant them. Let me repeat my last two sentences: "Francis Beckwith has pointed out that one indication why we might think we do consent to parental obligations merely from one sexual act is that we assume that very thing in our child-support laws. Should we also assume it in our abortion laws, or is there a morally relevant difference between the two situations (beyond the mere fact that we're talking about men in one case and women in the other)?" That does entail, I think, the question: if we hold people responsible for something they're not to blame for in child-support situations, why shouldn't we do so in abortion situations?" And I don't think it's all that hard to get that out of my post if you actually read it.

The introduction and preaching schedule for this topical series is here.

1. After death, what? (Jeremy Jackson) 4-26-98
2. The believer's judgement (Jeremy Jackson) 5-3-98
3. Heaven (Doug Weeks) 5-10-98
4. The nature, role and destiny of angels (Stefan Matzal) 5-17-98
5. Hell (Jeremy Jackson) 5-24-98

For more sermons, see here.

Daniel 7-12 sermons

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A Puzzle

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Assume

1. A psychological or brain view of personal identity. In other words, either what makes me me is the psychological features of my inner self or my brain. Both views say the same thing about survival in brain transplant cases, so either view would do.

Do a brain transplant. Switch the brains of a man and a woman. If you did that to me, would I then be female?

Keep in mind -- I have the same brain, and that brain has my original male DNA. I also have a new body, one with the sex organs of a woman.

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