Jeremy Pierce: October 2011 Archives

Russell Moore has a nice post about how, although there's generally a moral mandate upon Christians to adopt, there are plenty of people who ought not to be the ones to fulfill that mandate [ht: Justin Taylor]. In particular, certain kinds of issues tend to come up with adoptions that most people, because of the reasons they're interested in adopting are not well prepared for and do not have the commitment to see those problems through, which leaves kids twice orphaned in too many cases.

I think this is a nice example of what I've elsewhere called a secondary moral obligation, an obligation you incur because you fail at a prior moral obligation. You ought not to have the attitude toward children that you see them as fulfilling your needs, but if you do then it's immoral to adopt, even if it's generally a moral mandate to adopt when such immoral attitudes are not present (and they shouldn't be present) and when there aren't other extenuating circumstances making it a less good idea to adopt (whatever those might be, and I'm open to their being lots of them).

What Moore does not mention is that the same is true of having children naturally. If you have the attitude that children are to meet your needs, then you shouldn't have children, even if (and I know not all Christians agree on this) it's Christian teaching that we ought to seek to have children or at least be very open to it (as many believe it is; whether it is is irrelevant to my point here, but assume it is for the sake of argument). My suspicion is that many new parents who were seeking to have children were doing so for completely selfish reasons. It strikes me as a thoroughly immoral reason to want to have children, and it seems to me that it's just as immoral to go ahead and have children if your desire is for them to fulfill your needs. That's so even if there is a moral mandate upon Christians to seek to have children, as many Christians do believe.

What makes this a nice case of a secondary moral obligation is that you have two obligations that conflict, one of which only appears if you violate the other one. It's wrong to have this selfish kid-possessing attitude, and those who have it ought not to have children. But you ought to seek to have children (on the premise I've been assuming, at least for the sake of argument). There's no inconsistency in such a position, despite the initial surface-level appearance of two contrary obligations. You do have an obligation to seek to have children (at least certain people do, anyway, on this view), and you do have an obligation not to want children for the wrong reasons, but if you do have the wrong reasons for wanting children then you simply ought not to have children, even if that means failing in the first obligation. It's worse to seek to meet the first obligation but violate the second than it is to fail the first because you're meeting the second.

But it becomes a fairly messy question if children come along anyway unintentionally when someone has this attitude. The original obligation still remains in such a case, and you simply ought not to have this attitude, even though most people do before they have children. Once they appear, you ought not to rid yourself of them unless your situation is so bad that they'll have a much better home without you than with you (and this selfish desire isn't usually so bad as to generate that situation; other conditions need to be met for that). I would argue that someone with the selfish attitude toward children does conceive a child, they ought (barring other considerations) to raise that child and to remove that selfish attitude. But that's compatible with thinking they ought not to seek to have children until they can rid themselves of that attitude, especially when it comes to great expense as with adoption.

[cross-posted at Parableman]

Herman Cain on abortion

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Here are some things Herman Cain has said about abortion:

1. He's opposed to abortion in all circumstances, but it's not the government's role to make that decision.
2. The president has no authority to order people not to seek an abortion.
3. He would appoint judges who know the Constitution contains no right to abortion.
4. He would veto legislation funding Planned Parenthood.
5. In the case of rape, it comes down to a family & doctor choice. He's opposed to it morally but shouldn't tell the nation what to think, because the government shouldn't be making our decisions on social issues.
6. The government shouldn't make decisions on whether abortion should be legal.
7. People shouldn't be free to seek abortions. Abortion should not be legal. (This was said immediately after 6.)
8. He opposes abortion with exceptions.
9. He opposes abortion except when the mother's life is threatened.

Sources: Huffington Post, CNN, Wikipedia

When it comes to Herman Cain's view on abortion, we seem to have a choice among (a) the uncharitable dishonest-about-his-views interpretion, i.e. he's not consistently being honest about what he thinks (b) the uncharitable intelligence interpretation, i.e. he's holding a flatly inconsistent set of beliefs in a pretty explicit way, (c) the uncharitable dishonest flip-flopper interpretation, i.e. he's not being honest about some change of views (and one such change has to be within minutes, (d) the uncharitable misuse-of-language interpretation, i.e. he's perhaps saying someone, perhaps only some of the time, that everyone misunderstands because of a highly idiosyncratic use of terms, or (e) he's got such a nuanced set of views that I can't even figure out how to put it together, with all my training in doing so.

(e) is the most charitable, but I'm extremely skeptical that he's so finely-tuned in his language without one of the others being true. I tend to think (d) is the least uncharitable of the others. Perhaps he means "it's not the role of government" and "it's the person's choice" in odd ways. You can, after all, say the second while thinking certain options should be illegal. You just wouldn't say so in an abortion discussion without being radically misunderstood. You could, also, say the first while thinking it's the role of a legislature but not the role of the executive or legislature to countermand the wrongful decision of the courts, but again you'd be radically misunderstood. That's about as good as I can do to put this together, and if it takes something like that, I think he's politically finished. There's no way the general public is going to be willing to be that charitable. But that may well be what's going on.

So here's my proposal. I'm going to take Herman Cain to hold to the following positions, all of them compatible with all of the above statements if they might have pragmatically-odd by semantically-possible meanings, and I'm going to see if I (or a commenter) might find a statement by him that does not fit with this view. So here's the approach I have in mind:

So (1) means abortion is morally wrong in all cases, but it's not the federal legislative and executive's right to do anything on that issue anymore, given the Supreme Court's wrongful intervention on the issue. (2) means the president can't tell people what to think and has been removed from being able to have any direct influence on abortion law at least at the very general level of deciding when it is legal to have an abortion in cases when the Supreme Court takes it to be a fundamental right. (3) clearly states that the Supreme Court wrongly decided Roe v. Wade, despite several claims that he hasn't made such a statement from social conservatives, and his preference for judges who would seek to do what they could to reverse or roll back that decision. (4) signals his opposition to federal funding for abortion or for abortion providers, something a president can have some say in. (5) signals his moral opposition to abortion in rape cases but his willingness to think that (i) that's a case when the law should be less clear than he thinks morality is, (ii) he as president shouldn't dictate what Americans' views on such matters ought to be, even if he has a clear policy preference, or (iii) given the Supreme Court's dictates, it's no longer the president's position but is given to a woman and a doctor to decide, even if he would prefer that the Supreme Court hadn't done that and would undo that dictate. (6) If he means the legislative and executive branch of the federal government here, and he isn't giving his ideal preference but his understanding of the limited role the Supreme Court has given him as president, then it's consistent with his view in his immediate next statement. (7) Ideally abortion should be outlawed, even if it's not possible to do so right now on the level of the legislature and executive. (8) Abortion is almost always wrong. There are exceptions, and he's aware of at least one. (9) One of those exceptions is when the mother's life is threatened, and there may or may not be others (and from above rape is not one of them).

This does strike me as a consistent position, and it does mean taking some of his statements in odd ways, but that's clearly more charitable than taking him to be lying about what his views are, lying about some change in his views, or so confused on the issue that he can't put together meaningful back-to-back statements explaining coherent positions. He does have an Obama-like history of overstating things and having to take them back, but his clarifications don't usually have the character of stating a view he holds and then backing off to a view he doesn't hold, and they also don't usually have the character of being corrected but embarassed to admit it. They usually have the character of not realizing how he might be misinterpreted and then being more careful the second time. It's just that this would be a case where his attempts to be more careful are only partially successful.

So that's my proposal of what I think he most likely is thinking. I admit that there are a couple points where it's a little bit of a stretch, but I don't think the evidence justified being less charitable at this point, and I'm not going to support misrepresentation  even by accident, which is I think what's going on if people are legitimately convinced he's pro-choice if he really isn't. He's certainly got a problem stating his views, but I'm not sure the general-election opponent is any better at expressing his views.

I can't see why pro-life voters would want this man representing them on this issue, but a vote for a president isn't necessarily a vote for the ideal person to represent your cause. It's a vote for the candidate that you think is better than the others. In a primary, that means the person who can best balance (a) the ability to beat the other candidate and (b) the ability to be a decent enough president to be preferable to the other party's candidate. In a general election, it's almost always a choice between two candidates as to which one will be better than the other on the issues you think are most important. It may turn out that someone who isn't the best person to represent your views on an issue does satisfy these criteria. Whether that person for pro-life Republicans is Herman Cain is, at least, not yet settled by this issue, in my view (although there are other issues that might serve as possible obstacles, and I could see this issue turning into one, depending on further statements that I haven't seen or he hasn't yet made). It partly depends on other people, too, but I have a better sense of what they think, at least the ones with much chance of winning.

Mark sermons (1978)

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These are the very first Trinity Fellowship sermons. There was no introduction/preaching schedule for this unit of preaching. Only two of these sermons were recorded, and the tape library didn't begin as a weekly occurrence until later in 1978. There is no record of what the last two sermons covered.

1. Mark 1:1-20 Trinity Fellowship (Jeremy Jackson) 2-5-78 [not taped]
2. Mark 3:7-35 The Will of God: God's Good Will (Jeremy Jackson) 2-12-78 [not taped]
3. Mark 4 Principles from the parable (Al Gurley) 2-19-78 [not taped]
4. Mark 5:1-6:47 Temptations Jesus faced in ministry (Doug Weeks) 2-26-78 [not taped]
5. Mark 9:1-8 The Transfiguration (Jeremy Jackson) 3-5-78
6. Mark 11:12-25 The Fig Tree, Brought a Judgement (Jeremy Jackson) 3-12-78
7. ? (Al Gurley) 3-19-78 [Palm Sunday, not taped]
8. ? (Doug Weeks) 3-26-78 [Easter Sunday, not taped]

For a more comprehensive and systematic study of Mark, see the 1992-1994 sermons herehere, and here.

For more sermons, see here.

Joshua sermons (1978)

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There was no introduction/preaching schedule for this unit of preaching. The tape library began with the eighth sermon in this series. With the exception of two Mark sermons, nothing before that was recorded.

1. Joshua 1 Continuing in God's Word (Jeremy Jackson) 6-25-78
2. Joshua 2 Rahab, Israel, and the LORD (Jeremy Jackson) 7-2-78
3. Joshua 3 Preparing to enter the Land (Al Gurley) 7-9-78
4. Joshua 4:1-5:12 Entering land: God's faithfulness, the blessings of the covenant (Doug Weeks) 7-16-78
5. Joshua 5:13-6:27 Taking Strongholds: Jericho (Jeremy Jackson) 7-23-78
6. Joshua 7 Study in Contrasts (Al Gurley) 7-30-78
7. Joshua 8:1-29 How to thoroughly defeat the enemy [even after it looks like he's defeated you] (Doug Weeks) 8-6-78
8. Joshua 8:30-13:7 God's Justice (Jeremy Jackson) 8-13-78
9. Joshua 13-19 The Growth of God's Kingdom (Jeremy Jackson) 8-20-78
10. Joshua 20-21 Cities of Refuge & Levitical Cities: God's provision for us in times of greatness (Doug Weeks) 8-27-78
11. Joshua 22 Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh: the Life of the Church (Al Gurley) 9-3-78
12. Joshua 23-24 Life Choices: Joshua's Farewell (Jeremy Jackson) 9-10-78

For a complete, more in-depth treatment on Joshua, see the 1998-1999 Joshua series here and here.

For more sermons, see here.

Jeremiah sermons (1978)

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There was no introduction/preaching schedule for this unit of preaching. Jeremy Jackson's introduction in the second sermon explained a little of the justification for organizing the sermons according to some of the major themes of Jeremiah's prophecy. His introduction to the fourth sermon explains some of the thematic movement in the first eight sermons.

1. Jeremiah 1 Introduction: Jeremiah's Calling (Al Gurley) 10-1-78
2. Jeremiah 23:9-40 The Word of God and the Word of Man (Jeremy Jackson) 10-8-78
3. Jeremiah 2:4-13 Israel's Breach of Contract (Al Gurley) 10-15-78
4. Jeremiah [passim] Jeremiah, the person: his testimony to us (Doug Weeks) 10-22-78
5. Jeremiah 44 Apostasy and formal religion (Jeremy Jackson) 11-5-78
6. Jeremiah 9:23-24; 22:11 Basis of Justice (Doug Weeks) 11-12-78
7. Jeremiah 16:1-15 Judgement: Judah (Jeremy Jackson) 11-19-78
8. Jeremiah 51:45-64 Judgement on the Nations (Jeremy Jackson) 11-26-78 [tape missing]
9. Jeremiah 23:5; 29:7; 22:3; 2:33-35; 17:9-11 etc. Accepting God's Justice (Doug Weeks) 12-3-78
10. Jeremiah 30:1-3,18-24; 31:1-17,23-40 The New Covenant: Inner Conviction (Al Gurley) 12-10-78
11. Jeremiah 7:1-16 Jeremiah and Christ Jesus our Lord (Jeremy Jackson) 12-17-78
12. Jeremiah 33:10-18 The Messianic Kingdom (Jeremy Jackson) 12-24-78

For a more comprehensive treatment of the entire book, see the 1990-1993 sermons on Jeremiah hereherehere, and here.

For more sermons, see here.

John sermons (1979)

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There was no introduction/preaching schedule for this unit of preaching.

1. John 1 The Incarnation Declared (Al Gurley) 1-14-79
2. John 2 Christ Creates Life and Structure to Hold It (Doug Weeks) 1-21-79
3. John 3-4 Lessons on Witnessing (Doug Weeks) 1-28-79 [tape missing]
4. John 5-6 Principles of Life (Al Gurley) 2-4-79
5. John 7-8 Christ the Messiah (Jeremy Jackson) 2-11-79 [tape missing]
6. John 9 Healing the Blind Man (Doug Weeks) 2-18-79
7. John 10:1-30 The Shepherd and the Sheep (Al Gurley) 2-25-79
8. John 10:40-11:54 I am the Resurrection and the Life (Jeremy Jackson) 3-4-79
9. John 13-14 Knowing Christ and doing His works (Doug Weeks) 3-11-79  [tape missing]
10. John 15:1-16 Vine and Branches (Al Gurley) 3-18-79
11. John 15:17-16:15 Union with Christ and the Comforter (Al Gurley) 3-25-79
12. John 17 What Christ Desires For Us (Doug Weeks) 4-1-79
13. John 18-19 The Will of the Lord to Bruise Him (Jeremy Jackson) 4-8-79
14. John 19:23-20:31 I Glorified Thee on Earth (Jeremy Jackson) 4-15-79
15. John 21 Feed My Sheep (Al Gurley) 4-22-79

For a more comprehensive set of sermons on John, you can look to either the series that ran from 1988-1991 (see hereherehere  and here) or the series from 2003-2007 (see herehereherehere, and here).

For more sermons, see here.

Judges sermons (1979)

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There was no introduction/preaching schedule for this unit of preaching. Note that the third and fourth sermons are out of sequence, due to Doug Weeks having to postpone the 7-22-79 sermon. A topical sermon (not appearing in this list) was preached in its place, and Doug's sermon on Deborah and Barak, which he had already prepared, came two weeks later, with Jeremy Jackson's sermon on Gideon coming first.

1. Judges 1:1-2:10 Knowing the Work of the Lord (Jeremy Jackson) 7-8-79
2. Judges 2:11-3:6 Cycle of Apostacy and Deliverance (Al Gurley) 7-15-79
3. Judges 6:1-8:28 Gideon: the ordering of God's purposes (Jeremy Jackson) 7-29-79
4. Judges 3:7-5:31 God's dealing with his people (Doug Weeks) 8-5-79
5. Judges 9 Abimelech (Al Gurley) 8-12-79
6. Judges 10:6-11:40 Jephthah: vowing a vow (Doug Weeks) 8-19-79
7. Judges 13-16 Samson: God's Strategies (Jeremy Jackson) 8-26-79
8. Judges 17-18 Micah and the Danites: Our Susceptibility to Satan's Subtlety (Al Gurley) 9-2-79
9. Judges 19-20 Benjamin, Israel, and Response to Sin (Doug Weeks) 9-9-79
10. Judges 21 Reconciliation (Jeremy Jackson) 9-16-79

Judges 1-9 was covered again in 2000.
Judges 10-21 was covered again in 2001.

For more sermons, see here.

Luke sermons (1980)

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The first time through the gospel of Luke, the elders seem to have wanted to cover material across the book at a rate of about one sermon for every two chapters. Some of the sermons covered most of the two chapters, and some selected a smaller portion within the two-chapter range. According to the introduction to the fifth sermon by Jeremy Jackson, one of the criteria for selection was to focus on passages that cover material not covered in other gospel sermons before this point (i.e. from the 1978 Mark series, the 1979 John series, and various topical sermons before this point). Al Gurley explained in the introduction to the twelfth sermon why he broke from this two-chapter-per-sermon pattern at the last minute and preached a Palm Sunday sermon, putting off chapters 23-24 until the Easter sermon by Doug Weeks. There was no introduction/preaching schedule for this unit on Luke.

1. Luke 1; 2:22-38 Preparing for His Coming (Doug Weeks) 1-13-80
2. Luke 4:1-30 The Temptations: their meaning (Jeremy Jackson) 1-20-80
3. Luke 5; Romans 8:1-17 God's Power (Al Gurley) 1-27-80
4. Luke 7:36-50 Forgiveness (Doug Weeks) 2-3-80
5. Luke 10:25-42 Loving God and Neighbor (Jeremy Jackson) 2-10-80
6, Luke 11:37-44;12:1-34 Things to be Aware of (Al Gurley) 2-17-80
7. Luke 13:1-5 Repentance: teaching and discussion (Doug Weeks) 2-24-80 [included congregational sharing, which has been excised]
8. Luke 16:14-31 Contrasts: Dives & Lazarus (Jeremy Jackson) 3-2-80
9. Luke 17-18 The Kingdom and the King (Al Gurley) 3-9-80
10. Luke 19:1-27 Taking Risks for God (Doug Weeks) 3-16-80
11. Luke 21:5-36 Jesus on the Last Things (Jeremy Jackson) 3-23-80
12. Luke 19:28-46; II Kings 9:1-13 Jesus' Kingship (Al Gurley) 3-30-80 [Palm Sunday]
13. Luke 24:5b,13-33 Why seek the living among the dead? (Doug Weeks) 4-6-80 [Easter Sunday]

For a more comprehensive treatment of the Gospel of Luke, see the sermons from 1998-2002 on chapters 1-89-1415-20, and 20-24.

For more sermons, see here.

Amos sermons (1980)

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Matthew sermons (1981)

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This series consists mostly of the Sermon on the Mount. Most of the other passages were chosen either because they're central to Matthew's overall argument or unique to Matthew.

1. Matthew 1 The Fall and the Incarnation (Doug Weeks) 1-4-81
2. Matthew 2 God's Word and God's Gifts (Jeremy Jackson) 1-11-81
3. Matthew 3 Preparation, Restoration, Purification (Al Gurley) 1-18-81
4. Matthew 4:1-11 Temptations and Discipleship (Doug Weeks) 1-25-81
5. Matthew 5:1-16 The Beatitudes: A Study in Contrasts (Jeremy Jackson) 2-1-81
6. Matthew 5:1-16; Galatians 5:22-23; II Peter 1:3-11 Character of God in us [Royal Principles of Life] (Al Gurley) 2-8-81
7. Matthew 5:17-26,38-47 The Lawgiver Shows the Law's Heart (Doug Weeks) 2-15-81
8. Matthew 5:27-37,48 Marriage: God's Faithfulness and our response (Jeremy Jackson) 2-22-81
9. Matthew 6:1-18 Treasure (Jim Pitcher) 3-1-81
10. Matthew 6:19-34 the Lord's Prayer (Doug Weeks) 3-8-81
11. Matthew 7:1-11 Judge Not: Ask (Jeremy Jackson) 3-15-81
12. Matthew 7:12-29 False Prophet (Al Gurley) 3-22-81
13. Matthew 18:15-20 Discipline (Doug Weeks) 3-29-81
14. Matthew 25:32-46 The Great Assize (Jeremy Jackson) 4-5-81
15. Matthew 21:1-22 Palm Sunday (Jim Pitcher) 4-12-81
16. Matthew 27:50-28:20 The Resurrection (Doug Weeks) 4-19-81

The first seven chapters of Matthew were covered again in 1994-1995 and then again in 2007-2008. For a more systematic coverage of the remainder of the gospel, the rest of the first of those two series occurred in 19961997 and 1998. The most recent Matthew series is incomplete, but it has continued in 2009, 2010, and 2011. It should be complete by April 2012.

For more sermons, see here.

Galatians sermons (1981)

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Mark sermons (1982)

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According to Al Gurley's introduction to the second sermon in this series, the elders decided this time around to cover the book of Mark somewhat topically. The themes of this series came out of the elders' study of Mark's gospel, but several of the sermons spent little time on Mark itself but instead looked at a theme found in Mark but looked at across scripture. Sometimes I've listed those passages below, but sometimes they were too numerous, with nothing standing out as central. Some of the Mark passages that initially led to a particular sermon topic are listed in the official list of sermon passages but get little or even no mention in the sermon. There was no introduction/preaching schedule for this unit on Mark. The introductions to sermons 3, 6, and 8 by Jeremy Jackson explained some of the thematic organization of the sermons surrounding those weeks.

1. Mark 1:1-20 Repent and Believe (Jeremy Jackson) 1-10-82
2. Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11 Fishers of Men (Al Gurley) 1-17-82
3. Mark 4:1-25 The Preaching of Jesus (Jeremy Jackson) 1-24-82
4. Mark 1:22; Jeremiah 18:1-6; Daniel 2:20-22; Daniel 4:17b; Romans 13:1b The Authority of Jesus (Al Gurley) 1-31-82
5. Mark 2:8-12; 6:5-6 Healing as Doing the Truth (Bill Finch) 2-7-82
6. Mark 4:35-41 Place of Miracles in Jesus' Ministry (Jeremy Jackson) 2-14-82
7. Mark 1:1,9-12,14,16-21,23-45; 2:23-3:5; 7:1-13; 8:31; 11:15-17; 14:12-16; Isaiah 53:11-12 Obedience of Christ and Our Obedience (Al Gurley) 2-21-82
8. Mark 8:27-30;9:2-8 Who do men say that I am? (Jeremy Jackson) 2-28-82
9. Mark 8:31-32; Acts 3:16-18 The Son of Man must suffer (Bill Finch) 3-7-82
10. Mark 8:32-33; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28.11-19; Revelation 20:1-10 Satan and his opposition to Christ (Al Gurley) 3-14-82
11. Mark 8:27-38 Not being ashamed of Christ's Sacrifice (Jeremy Jackson) 3-21-82
12. Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:33-34,45; 14:22-24; 15:33-35,37-39; Romans 5:6-11; I Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:1-5,13 The Meaning of Christ's Sacrifice (Jeremy Jackson) 3-28-82
13. Mark 8:34; II Cor 4:1-12 The purpose of the cross: sonship, suffering, & ? (Al Gurley) 4-4-82
14. Mark 16:1-6; I Corinthians 15:1-7,12-14,45,51-58; Colossians 1:15-16 The resurrection (Bill Finch) 4-11-82

For a more comprehensive and systematic study of Mark, see the 1992-1994 sermons herehere, and here.

For more sermons, see here.

Hosea sermons (1982)

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There was no introduction/preaching schedule for this unit on John. They covered at least part of every chapter except chapters 13-17, which is the meatiest teaching section of this gospel and most easily forms a stand-alone unit. At the time, the elders expected to cover those chapters in the near future, perhaps even in the gospel teaching of 1984, according to Al Gurley's introduction to the twelfth sermon in this series. As it turned out, they didn't return to John until 1988, when they initiated a four-year study covering the book comprehensively, and that series didn't get to those chapters until 1990. They had been covered four years prior to this series, however, in 1979.

1. John 1 Jesus: the Eternal God (Doug Weeks) 1-2-83
2. John 2:1-3:21 Reality of the Unseen (Jeremy Jackson) 1-9-83
3. John 3:22-36 Profile of a Prophet: John the Baptist (Al Gurley) 1-16-83
4. John 4:1-42 What kind of Savior is Jesus? (Doug Weeks) 1-23-83
5. John 5:1-18; 6:1-15 Why do people reject Jesus? (Jeremy Jackson) 1-30-83
6. John 7:1-18,28-29,33-34,37-44 Jesus, the Great Thirst Quencher (Al Gurley) 2-6-83
7. John 8 How the Son Sets us Free (Doug Weeks) 2-13-83
8. John 9 He who follows Me will not walk in darkness (Jeremy Jackson) 2-20-83
9. John 10:1-16,27-29 Characteristics of True and False Shepherds (Al Gurley) 2-27-83
10. John 11:5-57 Christ, the Prince of Life (Doug Weeks) 3-6-83
11. John 11:55-12:50 Sir, we would see Jesus (Jeremy Jackson) 3-13-83
12. John 18:1-19:16 The Greatest Trial on Earth (Al Gurley) 3-20-83
13. John 19:17-42 The Uplifted Savior (Doug Weeks) 3-27-83
14. John 20 Sin and the Resurrection (Jeremy Jackson) 4-3-83
15. John 21 Peter: His Commmission (Al Gurley) 4-10-83

For a more comprehensive set of sermons on John, you can look to either the series that ran from 1988-1991 (see hereherehere  and here) or the series from 2003-2007 (see herehereherehere, and here).

For more sermons, see 
here.

There was no preaching schedule for this series. This series originally started out with the intention of being about perhaps a dozen particular character/personality sketches in the gospel of Luke (explained in the opening comments of the first sermon in the series, by Al Gurley). However, it eventually became a series on the distinctives and uniqueness of Christ. In the third sermon, Jeremy Jackson explained how he came to this different theme and described it as focusing on people's interactions with Jesus that show a separation between his mind and their minds. In the fourth sermon, Al Gurley described it as looking at the kinds of things Jesus did that were very distinctive, unique inputs he's given us that are very challenging and radical. In the sixth sermon, Jeremy Jackson describes it as the ways our Lord makes plain the difference between the mind of God and the mind of man. They also attempted to cover mostly passages not covered in the 1980 series on Luke, which had also tried to cover the entire book in large scope, leaving out much of it in the process.

1. Luke 1:5-25 Elisabeth and Zechariah (Al Gurley) 1-15-84
2. Luke 1:26-56 Mary and the Child (Rick Wellman) 1-22-84
3. Luke 2:39-52 Family of Man, Family of God (Jeremy Jackson) 1-29-84
4. Luke 7:24-35 Illustration of no win absurdity (Al Gurley) 2-5-84
5. Luke 8:26-39 Fear of Freedom (Rick Erickson) 2-12-84
6. Luke 9:22,44,57-62 The Necessity of Suffering (Jeremy Jackson) 2-19-84
7. Luke 10:1-12,17-24 The Dignity, Authority, and the Glory of Service: the Characteristics of Christ's Messengers (Al Gurley) 2-26-84
8. Luke 11:1-13 The Place of Prayer (Jeremy Jackson) 3-4-84
9. Luke 12:49-53 The Great Gospel Divide (Al Gurley) 3-11-84
10. Luke 14:35c-15:32 Final Choices (Jeremy Jackson) 3-18-84
11. Luke 16:1-18 Difficult Sayings (Ed Van Cott) 3-25-84
12. Luke 20:19-26,41-47 Levels of Authority (Jeremy Jackson) 4-1-84
13. Luke 21:1-30 Endtime Perspectives (Al Gurley) 4-8-84
14. Luke 19:36-48 Knowing the Time (Rick Wellman) 4-15-84
15. Luke 23:55-24:52 Christ of the Emmaus Road (Jeremy Jackson) 4-22-84

For a more comprehensive treatment of the Gospel of Luke, see the sermons from 1998-2002 on chapters 1-89-1415-20, and 20-24.

For more sermons, see here.

There was no preaching schedule for this sermon series. This unit on Matthew focused on the last week of Jesus' life and ministry.

1. Matthew 19:13-30 Who can be Saved? (Doug Weeks) 1-6-85
2. Matthew 20:17-34 A Ransom for Many (Jeremy Jackson) 1-13-85
3. Matthew 21:1-16 Out of the Mouths of Babes (Ed Van Cott) 1-20-85
4. Matthew 21:23-22:14 Christ Declares His Authority (Doug Weeks) 1-27-85
5. Matthew 23:1-15,27-39 False Religion Defined (Jeremy Jackson) 2-3-85
6. Matthew 26:1-16 Honoring the Son (Al Gurley) 2-10-85
7. Matthew 26:17-35 The Last Supper (Bill Finch) 2-17-85
8. Matthew 26:36-56 Gethesemane (Jeremy Jackson) 2-24-85
9. Matthew 26:57-75 The Trial of Peter and the Priests (Al Gurley) 3-3-85
10. Matthew 27:1-10 Judas Judged (Doug Weeks) 3-10-85
11. Matthew 27:11-26 The Trial of the World (Jeremy Jackson) 3-17-85
12. Matthew 27:27-44 The Crucifixion (Rick Wellman) 3-24-85
13. Matthew 27:45-66 The Atonement (Doug Weeks) 3-31-85
14. Matthew 28 The Resurrection of the Dead (Jeremy Jackson) 4-7-85

Three sermons from the 1981 Matthew series were from this section of the gospel.
Bill Finch preached on Matthew 26 in 1982. See this topical series.
Matthew 19-20 were covered again in 1997. See here.
Matthew 21-28 were covered again in 1998. See here.
Matthew 19-20 were again covered in 2010. See here.
Matthew 21-25 were covered again in 2011. See here.

For more sermons, see here.

The introduction/preaching schedule for this unit of preaching is here.

1. Luke 1:5-20 "How shall I know this?": The importance of accepting the Word of God (Doug Weeks) 1-11-87
2. Luke 1:57-66 "What shall this child be?": The significance of each human life (Doug Weeks) 1-18-87
3. Luke 2:39-52 "Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?": Priorities of the Son of God (Al Gurley) 1-25-87
4. Luke 3:1-18 "What then shall we do?": Real repentance (Jeremy Jackson) 2-1-87
5. Luke 4:31-37 "What is this word?": The source of Christ's power (Jeremy Jackson) 2-8-87
6. Luke 5:27-32 "Why do you eat and drink with tax-collectors and sinners?": The scope of the Gospel (Jeremy Jackson) 2-15-87
7. Luke 6:46-49 "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' and do not do what I tell you?": True religion (Jeremy Jackson) 2-22-87
8. Luke 8:22-25 "Who then is this?": The person of Christ (Doug Weeks) 3-1-87
9. Luke 9:18-26 "For what does it profit a man?": The place of the Cross (Doug Weeks) 3-8-87
10. Luke 12:49-53 "Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth?": The two humanities (Al Gurley) 3-15-87
11. Luke 18:1-8 "When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?": Expectant believing prayer (Rick Wellman) 3-22-87
12. Luke 20:1-19 "What then is this that is written?": Man's estimate of Jesus (Jeremy Jackson) 3-29-87
13. Luke 22:66-23:5 "Are you the king of the Jews?": The meaning of the Son of David (Jeremy Jackson) 4-5-87
14. Luke 23:26-43 "Do you not fear God?": The challenge of the Cross (Jeremy Jackson) 4-12-87
15. Luke 23:56-24:12 "Why do you seek the living among the dead?": The Resurrection (Jeremy Jackson) 4-19-87

For a more comprehensive treatment of the Gospel of Luke, see the sermons from 1998-2002 on chapters 1-8, 9-14, 15-20, and 20-24.

For more sermons, see here.

John 13-17 sermons (1990)

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

1. John 13:1-11 The Footwashing (Rick Wellman) 1-7-90
2. John 13:12-30 The Meaning of Lowly Service (Jeremy Jackson) 1-14-90
3. John 13:31-38 Loving or Betraying (Jeremy Jackson) 1-21-90
4. John 14:1-7 Christ the Way (Jeremy Jackson) 1-28-90
5. John 14:8-17 Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Jeremy Jackson) 2-4-90
6. John 14:18-31 Christ Manifested to the Disciples (Jeremy Jackson) 2-11-90
7. John 15:1-16 The True Vine (Jeremy Jackson) 2-18-90
8. John 15:17-16:4 Preparation for Persecution (Rick Wellman) 2-25-90
9. John 16:5-15 The Work of the Holy Spirit (Jeremy Jackson) 3-4-90
10. John 16:16-24 The Disciples' Joy and Puzzlement (Jeremy Jackson) 3-11-90
11. John 16:25-33 The Disciples' Faith and Peace (Jeremy Jackson) 3-18-90
12. John 17:1-5 Christ Prays for his Glorification (Jeremy Jackson) 3-25-90
13. John 17:6-19 Christ Prays for his Disciples (Jeremy Jackson) 4-1-90
14. John 17:20-23 Christ Prays for the Glory of Unity (Jeremy Jackson) 4-8-90
15. John 17:24-26 Christ Prays for Us (Jeremy Jackson) 4-15-90

The 1979 series on John's gospel contains three extant sermons on these chapters. 
Doug Weeks also preached a sermon on John 15 in 1979. See the topical sermons here.
Al Gurley preached a sermon on John 15:1-12 in 1986. See this topical series.

Bill Merry preached a sermon on John 13 in 2001. See the topical sermons here.
These chapters were covered again in 2006. See here.

For more sermons, see here.

John 7-12 sermons (1989)

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John 1-6 sermons (1988)

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

1. John 1:1-8 "In the beginning was the Word" (Jeremy Jackson) 1-3-88
2. John 1:9-18 "The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us" (Doug Weeks) 1-10-88
3. John 1:19-34 "He said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God!'" (Jeremy Jackson) 1-17-88
4. John 1:35-51 "We have found the Messiah" (Doug Weeks) 1-24-88
5. John 2:1-11 "My hour has not yet come" (Doug Weeks) 1-31-88
6. John 2:12-25 "Zeal for Thy house will consume me" (Jeremy Jackson) 2-7-88
7. John 3:1-21 "You must be born again" (Jeremy Jackson) 2-14-88
8. John 3:22-36 "God is true" (Doug Weeks) 2-21-88
9. John 4:1-30 "Where do you get that living water?" (Rick Wellman) 2-28-88
10. John 4:31-54 "This is, indeed, the savior of the world" (Jeremy Jackson) 3-6-88
11. John 5:1-18 "My Father is working still and I am working" (Jeremy Jackson) 3-13-88
12. John 5:19-47 "I do not receive glory from men" (Doug Weeks) 3-20-88
13. John 6:1-21 "They were about ... to make him king" (Doug Weeks) 3-27-88 [not taped]
14. John 6:22-59 "I am the Bread of Life" (Jeremy Jackson) 4-3-88
15. John 6:60-71 "The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life" (Jeremy Jackson) 4-10-88

The 1979 series on John's gospel contains three extant sermons on these chapters.
The 1983 series on John's gospel contained five sermons on these chapters.
Jeremy Jackson preached a sermon in 1995 on John 3:1-17. See the topical sermons here.
John 1-4 was covered again in 2003. See here.
John 5-6 was covered again in 2004. See here.
Bill Greenman preached a sermon in 2006 on John 3:16a. See the topicals here.
Stefan Matzal preached a sermon in 2012 (at Missio Church) on John 2:1-12. See the topical list here.

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