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Sermon Notes: Matthew 1.18-23 – The Incarnation

Matthew 1.18-23. * Recap and intro. Matthew opens the New Testament by declaring that Jesus is a new Adam, who has...

Sermon Notes: Matthew 1.18-23 – The Incarnation
posted on: Mar 4, 2014 | author: Alan Burrow

Sermon Notes: 1 Cor 1.1-9 – A Letter for Our Times, a Letter for Us

Text: 1 Cor 1.1-9. * Why 1Corinthians?  The book of 1Corinthians is about what it means and what it takes to be...

Sermon Notes: 1 Cor 1.1-9 – A Letter for Our Times, a Letter for Us
posted on: Feb 19, 2014 | author: Alan Burrow

Sermon Notes — Matthew 1.1-17 — The Book of the Generations of Jesus Christ...

Matthew 1.1-17 * Intro — Matthew’s bombshell. Matthew opens his gospel with a genealogy, which would seem to be...

Sermon Notes — Matthew 1.1-17 — The Book of the Generations of Jesus Christ
posted on: Feb 6, 2014 | author: Alan Burrow

Obamacare—it’s about control, stupid!

If you want to understand progressive politics, you need to read Noam Scheiber’s article, How Obamacare...

Obamacare—it’s about control, stupid!
posted on: Jan 21, 2014 | author: Alan Burrow

Grabbing the Duck by the Horns

From the time Jesus walked the earth, he has used controversy to force his disciples to grow up (Mat 16.13-15). He...

Grabbing the Duck by the Horns
posted on: Jan 9, 2014 | author: Alan Burrow

In Defense of Plain Speech

Phil Robertson was already well known as the patriarch of the popular Duck Dynasty clan, but after his interview with...

In Defense of Plain Speech
posted on: Jan 2, 2014 | author: Alan Burrow

Rand Paul wants Chief Justice Roberts sitting at the Obamacare table.

There is a rough sense of justice that says that bad cooks ought to eat their own cooking. And with that, God agrees...

Rand Paul wants Chief Justice Roberts sitting at the Obamacare table.
posted on: Sep 23, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Genesis — The Book of Beginnings 2

Several years back, I preached a “Through the Bible” series consisting of one-shot sermons on the books...

Genesis — The Book of Beginnings 2
posted on: Sep 16, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

The heart of the crisis of our times.

“At the heart of the crisis of our times lies the cold belief of millions, avowed or unavowed, that the death...

The heart of the crisis of our times.
posted on: Jul 22, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Jesus and the Rich, Young Ruler (Mat 19.16-26)

Here are my exegetical thoughts on the famous interchange between Jesus and the rich, young ruler. (Matthew points...

Jesus and the Rich, Young Ruler (Mat 19.16-26)
posted on: Jul 15, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Valuing What Is Most Valuable (Mat 19).

As we have seen, Mat 19 is about the characteristics of the new faith community Jesus is raising up within Israel....

Valuing What Is Most Valuable (Mat 19).
posted on: Jul 12, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

“Give me liberty or give me death.”

America has always been about freedom. But then, so has every tyrant. Has there been a tyrant in the history of the...

“Give me liberty or give me death.”
posted on: Jul 4, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

From one of the best books you’ve never read . . .

Witness by Whittaker Chambers: My son was about two years old when I carried him to the car where his five-year old...

From one of the best books you’ve never read . . .
posted on: Jul 3, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

The characteristics of the new faith community—marriage and children. (Mat ...

In Matthew 19, Jesus moves out of Galilee into Judea toward Jerusalem. (Mat 19.1.) He is still beyond the Jordan and...

The characteristics of the new faith community—marriage and children. (Mat 19.1-15)
posted on: Jul 2, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Scalia nails it.

“Some might conclude that this loaf could have used awhile longer in the oven. But that would be wrong; it is...

Scalia nails it.
posted on: Jun 26, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

What is Calvinism really about?

I recently began reading for the first time (shame!) Abraham Kuyper’s classic Lectures on Calvinism which he gave at...

What is Calvinism really about?
posted on: Jun 19, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Powerful! LA Senator Elbert Guillory speaks the truth.

This is powerful, both because it is true and because Guillory knows he is going to pay a price for saying it but...

Powerful! LA Senator Elbert Guillory speaks the truth.
posted on: Jun 18, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Love: The Corinthians and Us

This is the third in a series on Christian love. You can read the previous post here: Love: The Point of 1...

Love: The Corinthians and Us
posted on: Jun 5, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Love: The Point of 1Corinthians.

This is the second in a series on Christian love. You can read the first post here: The Endless Quest for Love. Love...

posted on: May 22, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

What is the biblical purpose of the church?

I have been giving a fair amount of thought recently to the question of how to express in a single sentence the...

posted on: May 13, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Modern America and Ancient Rome

Like ancient Rome, modern American is increasingly worshiping her own genius and preaching her own gospel. American...

Modern America and Ancient Rome
posted on: May 8, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Recovering Christ’s Ascension

Thursday is Ascension Day, and Sunday is Ascension Sunday. Most evangelical churches will do little to commemorate...

Recovering Christ’s Ascension
posted on: May 7, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Why shouldn’t gays have equal opportunity to enjoy marriage?

I am reposting this article in light of the Supreme Court’s striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act in...

posted on: Apr 23, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

The First Characteristic of Great Faith (Mat 15.21-38).

For the context and setup for this post, read Believe and Eat! Like the Centurion of Mat 8.5-13, the woman of Canaan...

The First Characteristic of Great Faith (Mat 15.21-38).
posted on: Apr 2, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

“Trajectory: Easter Tunnel”

My daughter, Gwen, celebrates in this poem a wonderful but often unrecognized truth about Easter: resurrection is not...

“Trajectory: Easter Tunnel”
posted on: Mar 30, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Amazing! Your kids will love this!

The Mystery of Prince Rupert’s Drop Share and...

Amazing! Your kids will love this!
posted on: Mar 26, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

John Roberts, the Man Who Would Be Chief

Following Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (“Obama...

John Roberts, the Man Who Would Be Chief
posted on: Mar 25, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Highlights du jour – Mar 25

* Gay marriage takes center stage at the Supreme Court this week as two cases will be argued, one on Tuesday and the...

posted on: Mar 25, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Believe and eat! (Mat 15.21-39.)

The theme of faith and unbelief runs throughout this text, as does the theme of Jew and Gentile, and the theme of...

Believe and eat! (Mat 15.21-39.)
posted on: Mar 19, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Jesus, the Pharisees, and Defilement (Mat 15.1-20)

The backdrop. The Messiah is portrayed in the Old Testament as a shepherd king who provides for God’s people,...

Jesus, the Pharisees, and Defilement (Mat 15.1-20)
posted on: Mar 18, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

The Endless Quest for Love

If there is anything the world is convinced of, it is that happiness depends on loving and being loved. If there is...

The Endless Quest for Love
posted on: Mar 7, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Leithart’s thoughts after the Wilson-Sullivan gay marriage debate.

“Perhaps Christians are called to do no more than speak the truth without worrying about persuasiveness....

Leithart’s thoughts after the Wilson-Sullivan gay marriage debate.
posted on: Mar 4, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

What is a parable? And why did Jesus use them?

To moderns, a parable is a helpful, illustrative story, but that is not what it is in the Bible. Hebrew parables...

What is a parable? And why did Jesus use them?
posted on: Feb 26, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Who is the Son of Man?

People called Jesus many things – Rabbi, prophet, Christ, Lamb of God, Son of God, Satan, sinner, deceiver,...

Who is the Son of Man?
posted on: Feb 23, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Sequester-geddon?

To hear the Obama administration, the Sequester budget cuts will be economic Armageddon, crippling first responders,...

Sequester-geddon?
posted on: Feb 22, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

More golf for the President (and Congress)!

The press is in a tizzy about President Obama’s private (as in press free) golf outing with Tiger Woods Saturday at...

More golf for the President (and Congress)!
posted on: Feb 18, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

How do you like living under a different lord?

Christians in America long ago restricted the lordship of Christ to a shrunken area called “spiritual...

How do you like living under a different lord?
posted on: Feb 18, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Who is the true family of God? (Mat 12.46-50)

One of the burning questions of Scripture is, who is the true family of God? “That’s easy,” you think, “its Israel.”...

Who is the true family of God? (Mat 12.46-50)
posted on: Feb 12, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Your “house” wasn’t meant to be a single occupant dwellin...

Earlier in Matthew 12, Jesus enraged the Pharisees by comparing them to Doeg the Edomite, who accused David to Saul...

Your “house” wasn’t meant to be a single occupant dwelling (Mat 12.43-45)
posted on: Feb 7, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

The Constitution, Dead or Alive?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia caused a commotion recently when he said he tells visiting school children that...

The Constitution, Dead or Alive?
posted on: Feb 5, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Richard III and The Daughter of Time

Today’s headlines trumpeting the remarkable discovery of Richard III’s remains gives me an excuse to...

Richard III and The Daughter of Time
posted on: Feb 4, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

The Imbedded Creational Link Between Spirituality and Sexuality

In light of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 (Do they do it any other way?) striking down of the Defense of Marriage...

The Imbedded Creational Link Between Spirituality and Sexuality
posted on: Jan 31, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Eyes to see and ears to hear.

Jesus used this terminology often. (Mat 11.15; 13.9, 43; Mark 4.9, 23; 7.16; Luke 8.8; 14.35.) When he did so, he...

Eyes to see and ears to hear.
posted on: Jan 30, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Fervency!

“Remember, it is the remark of old and experienced men, that very few men, and very few ministers, keep up to...

Fervency!
posted on: Jan 26, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Men and Women, Shovels and Spoons

Shovels and spoons look similar and can do a lot of the same things. Most shovels are bigger and stronger than most...

Men and Women, Shovels and Spoons
posted on: Jan 24, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

What is Roe v. Wade?

On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, most young people think it is a discussion of the merits of traversing water...

What is Roe v. Wade?
posted on: Jan 19, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

The Son of David and the sons of Doeg.

In Matthew 12, Jesus shows that he is not only the greater Moses, he is also the greater David. All of this is...

The Son of David and the sons of Doeg.
posted on: Jan 18, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Jesus, the Greater Moses

Jesus closes Matthew 11 by drawing to a head the running theme of chapters 2 – 11: Jesus is the greater Moses....

Jesus, the Greater Moses
posted on: Jan 15, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Cutting through crime statistics.

Here is a very interesting video on crime statistics and their use by politicians and media in the current frenzy...

Cutting through crime statistics.
posted on: Jan 5, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

My favorite “Wayfaring Stranger”

Of all the versions I have heard of “Wayfaring Stranger,” this is my favorite. This is Tennessee Ernie...

My favorite “Wayfaring Stranger”
posted on: Jan 1, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

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