You Can’t Handle the Truth



Raymond E. Brown. The Gospel According to John I-XII. (AB). Garden City: Doubleday, 1966.

Larry W. Hurtado. Lord Jesus Christ:  Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

Francis Moloney, S.D.B. The Gospel of John (SP). Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1998.

Marianne Meye Thompson. John (NTL). Louisville: WJK, 2015.

Kallistos Ware. The Orthodox Way (Revised Edition). Crestwood: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2003.


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New Logo Design

Thanks to Sandi at Van Pelt’s Business Solutions for helping us put together a new, not yet official, logo design for Centre Street. This is part of our new push to increase visibility in the city of St Thomas. Often when I mention that I am the pastor at Centre Street, people ask “which one is that?” When I say downtown, on Southwick St, just South of Talbot, people say “The green steeple or the purple steeple?”. Church steeples have always been meant to make that particular church easy to find. Our beautiful steeple, with the “bat” at the top (it’s a dove, but we’ve been asked why we have a bat there, and have been called the “bat church”, though not because bats occassionally find a way in- which does happen in old buildings like ours). Our building has stood in the central part of town since 1879, and our steeple is visible from quite a distance. The original steeple was burned after being hit by lightning, but was quickly rebuilt. This new logo captures our desire to make ourselves known, to demonstrate to the city who we are, and more importantly to fulfill our mission to share God’s love and the Good News.

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What Has He Done for You Lately?



FF Bruce. The Epistle to the Hebrews (NICNT). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1964.

Gareth Lee Cockerill. The Epistle to the Hebrews (NICNT). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.

Paul Ellingworth. The Epistle to the Hebrews (NIGTC). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993.

Luke Timothy Johnson. Hebrews: A Commentary (NTL). Louisville: WJK, 2006.

Craig R. Koester. Hebrews (AYB). New Haven: Yale, 2001.

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What Shall We Say Then About Abraham?

*The introduction of the sermon was not recorded, sadly. Where the recording begins is with some crowd sourcing done through Twitter, in which I asked people to summarize Romans in a single tweet, in order to show how Romans is complicated and we have to see the big picture of Paul’s purpose in order to understand why ch. 4 is so important.*



Brendan Byrne, S.J. Romans (SP). Collegville: Liturgical Press, 1996.

James D.G. Dunn. Romans 1-8 (WBC). Milton Keynes: Word Inc, 1988.

Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J. Romans (AB). New Haven: Yale, 1993.

Arland J. Hultgren. Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.

Richard N. Longenecker. The Epistle to the Romans (NIGTC). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016.

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A Living Hope



M. Eugene Boring. 1 Peter (ANTC). Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999.

Peter H. Davids. The First Epistle of Peter (NICNT). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990.

Lewis R. Donelson. I & II Peter and Jude (NTL). Louisville: WJK, 2010.

Roy E. Gane. Leviticus, Numbers (NIVAC). Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004.

Karen H. Jobes. 1 Peter (BECNT). Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.

I. Howard Marshall. 1 Peter (IVPNTC). Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 1991.

J. Ramsey Michaels. 1 Peter (WBC). Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1988.

Gordon Wenham. The Book of Leviticus (NICOT). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1979.

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Who We Are and What We Will Be

*Unfortunately, the audio begins a few minutes into the sermon, so the introduction is missing.*


Raymond E. Brown. The Epistles of John (AB). Garden City: Doubleday, 1982.

F.F. Bruce. The Epistles of John: Introduction, Exposition, and Notes. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970.

Luke Timothy Johnson. The Gospel of Luke (SP). Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2006.

Judith M. Lieu. I, II, & III John: A Commentary (NTL). Louisville: WJK, 2008.

I. Howard Marshall. The Epistles of John (NICNT). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978.

Stephen Smalley. 1, 2, 3 John (Revised) (WBC). Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007.

Marianne Meye Thompson. 1-3 John (IVPNTC). Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 1992.

Ben Witherington III. Letter and Homilies for Hellenized Christians Volume 1: A Socio-Rhetorical Comment on Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-3 John. Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2006.

NT Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003.

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The Road to Emmaus



John T. Carroll. Luke (NTL). Louisville: WJK, 2012.

Joseph Fitzmyer. The Gospel of Luke I-IX (AB). New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.

Joel B. Green. The Gospel of Luke (NICNT). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.

Luke Timothy Johnson. The Gospel of Luke (SP). Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2006.

NT Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003.

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