Morning Worship, November 25, 2012

Text: Luke 22:14-20
Title: The Lord’s Supper
Sermon Outline
I.   Jesus’ Desire
A.  Anticipation
B.  Abstinence
II.  Jesus’ Drink
A.  Which cup
B.  Next cup
III. Jesus’ Dinner
A.  Body
B.  Blood

Morning Worship, November 18, 2012

Text: Luke 22:1-13
Title: Preparing for Passover
Sermon Outline
I.   Satan’s Scheme
A.  Panic
B.  Possession
C.  Promise
II.  God’s Providence
A.  Command
B.  Control
C.  Completion

Morning Worship, November 11, 2012

Text: Luke 21:20-38
Title: Signs and Nations
Sermon Outline
I.   Fantastic Events
A.  Jerusalem besieged
B.  Creation broken
II.  Fig Trees
A.  Parable
B.  Application
III. Final Words
A.  Beware
B.  Prepare

Morning Worship, November 4, 2012

Text: Luke 21:5-19
Title: Practical Lessons in Eschatology
Sermon Outline
I.   Skepticism in Signs
A.  Wolves in sheep’s clothing
B.  Wars and rumors of wars
II.  Confidence in Questioning
A.  Persecution from men
B.  Promise from God
III. Patience in Persecution
A.  Betrayal of the closest
B.  Blessing from the nearest

Morning Worship, October 28, 2012

Text: Luke 20:41-21:4
Title: Coup de Grace
Sermon Outline
I.   Widows’ Kings
A.  Messianic psalm
B.  Messianic parentage
II.  Widows’ Houses
A.  Scribes’ demerit
B.  Scribes’ damnation
III. Widows’ Mites
A.  Wealthy money
B.  Woman’s mites

Morning Worship, October 14, 2012

Text: Luke 20:27-40
Title: Hypothetical Traps
Sermon Outline
I.   Can God create a stone He can’t lift?
A.  Sadducee background
B.  Sadducee bluster
II.  Can God create a bond He can’t break?
A.  Marriage in this world
B.  Marriage in the next world
III. Can God create a covenant He can’t dissolve?
A.  Listening to the bush
B.  Answering with a hush
In this sermon, I use a syllogism about cats and dogs.  Unfortunately, I make some incorrect assertions about logic, soundness, and fallacy.  The point of the illustration was to present the manner in which some misuse logic to their own ends.  Logic is a useful tool.  Used properly, it can invalidate unsound propositions and craft helpful and persuasive arguments.  However, while logic functions as a tool to discover truth, it also can function to perpetuate falsehood.  “Sound” arguments only include those whose premises are true.  The tools of logic can be used with false premises as well as true.  While “logic” may not appropriately be applied to such unsound conclusions (since some limit “logic” to “sound” arguments), the distinction is not immediately apparent or universally accepted.  Thus a “logical” argument may be based on falsehoods.
When I said that an argument may be “sound but fallacious,”  I used the terms incorrectly.  I should have said that an argument may be valid but unsound.  A syllogism that does not violate any of the rule of logic (that is, it is not fallacious), is deemed valid.  It is deemed sound only if it is valid and all the premises are true.
Even worse, the example I used included a well-known fallacy, the undistributed middle.  A better, yet imperfect illustration would have been the following:
First premise: “All cats are felines.”
Second premise: “Socrates was a cat.”
Conclusion: “Therefore, Socrates was a feline.”
While the first premise is true, the second is not.  Thus the conclusion fails.  This is an unsound but valid argument.
In the case of the Sadducees, their question has the ring of logic to it, but the unstated premise that marriage laws operate independent of the context was not true.  Thus, their question, though facially logical, arose on unsound premises.
I regret this confusion especially as the sermon deals with some important issues from which my mistake ought not detract.  My deepest apologies for this error.

Morning Worship, October 7, 2012

Text: Luke 20:20-26
Title: Round Two
Sermon Outline
I.   Another Question
A.  A royal plot
B.  A loyal penny
II.  Another Answer
A.  A simple question
B.  A simple plot
III. Another Silence
A.  Slippery logic
B.  Quiet linguists

Morning Worship, September 30, 2012

Text: Luke 20:9-19
Title: Adverse Possession
Sermon Outline
I.   Israel Refuses to Regard
A.  The vineyard
B.  The vain vinedressers
II.  Israel Refuses to Revere
A.  The Son’s death
B.  The Son’s discharge
III. Israel Refuses to Repent
A.  An oblique call
B.  An objected country

Morning Worship, September 23, 2012

Text: Luke 20:1-8
Title: A Question of Authority
Sermon Outline
I.   Jesus’ Teaching
A.  Two plots
B.  Two questions
II.  Jesus’ Question
A.  Counter response
B.  Counter reasoning
III. Jesus’ Silence
A.  The leaders’ perjury
B.  The leaders’ pondering

Morning Worship, September 9, 2012

Text: Luke 19:28-40
Title: The Triumphal Entry
Sermon Outline
I.   Jesus claims divine prerogatives
A.  Jesus’ instructions
B.  Jesus’ understanding
II.  Jesus receives divine praise
A.  The road prepared
B.  The road populated
III. Jesus asserts divine power
A.  Pharisees upset
B.  People upstaged
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