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Understanding the Christian view of marriage

From the Christian perspective, human marriage and sexuality are bound up with man, male and female, being made in the image of God—that is, created as the sons and daughters of God, made uniquely to commune with Him, to reflect His character, and to enter into His work, life, and glory (Gen 1.26-28; Psalm 8.3-9; Mat 5.45, 48; John 17.20-23; 2Cor 3.18; Eph 3.19; 4.13; Col 3.10; 2Pet 1.3). Thus when we look deeply into any aspect of marriage or sexuality or indeed of creation itself, we see that the fundamental purpose is never necessity, but opportunity—opportunity to share in God’s work, life, and glory while ever growing to reflect His character and to enjoy His communion (ibid.)....

Understanding the Christian view of marriage
posted on: Jun 26, 2015 | author: Alan Burrow

Gospel essentials vs a full statement of the gospel...

In one sense, it is fair to speak of the gospel as those crucial truths we would relate to an unbeliever if we had only an hour to speak with them. But in another sense, the gospel must be spoken of as the entire corpus Paul relates in the book of Romans. These are both the gospel, but the first is what we might call “gospel essentials,” where as the latter is a full statement of the gospel. We see Paul using both of these in his own ministry. Paul preaches gospel essentials to the Athenians (Acts 17.24-31). Paul preaches a full statement of the gospel to the Roman Christians (Rom 1.15, et seq.). The critical difference between the two...

Gospel essentials vs a full statement of the gospel
posted on: May 12, 2015 | author: Alan Burrow

ShortTakes – Jesus the New Adam

ShortTakes – Jesus the New Adam Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:06 — 8.4MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS...

posted on: Jan 25, 2015 | author: Alan Burrow

ShortTakes — Redemption/Ransom

ShortTakes — Redemption/Ransom Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 9:22 — 12.9MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android |...

posted on: Jan 4, 2015 | author: Alan Burrow

Joy to the World

“Joy to the World” is Isaac Watts’ imitation (as he called it) of Psalm 98. By imitation, Watts meant that he was presenting the psalm through the lens of its fulfillment in Christ. Psalm 98 is the central psalm of the 4th Book of psalms, and it concerns Christ’s kingdom and its glorious effect upon the world. In keeping with the evangelical theology of the day (and contrary to ours), Watts marked the great D-Day of history–the day when Christ began his reign over the world–in conjunction with his ascension rather than his return. Thus Watts has us sing, “Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns!” and “He rules the world with truth and grace.” The central gospel...

Joy to the World
posted on: Dec 3, 2014 | 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 Princeton Theological Seminary in 1898. One of the first things he points out is that Calvinism in its original form was about maintaining the personalness of God and his salvation: Calvinism . . . proclaims the exalted thought that, although standing in high majesty above the creature, God enters into immediate fellowship with the creature, as God the Holy Spirit. This is even the heart and kernel of the Calvinistic confession of predestination.  . . . [T]here is no grace but such as comes to us immediately from God. At every moment of our existence, our entire spiritual life...

What is Calvinism really about?
posted on: Jun 19, 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 Corinthians. You wouldn’t think modern American would have much in common with ancient Corinth, but it does. Indeed, once you strip away the obvious differences of technology, language, and custom, the similarities are striking. Like America, Corinth rose quickly from humble beginnings to great heights. Corinth was largely uninhabited when Julius Caesar established her as a Roman Colony in 44 BC. But in less than a century, she would eclipse iconic Athens, just fifty miles away, as the leading political and economic power in Greece.* Like America, Corinth was known as a land of opportunity. With...

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 is something we tend to think of in sentimental terms, as though it were dessert after the meat and potatoes of life. God wants us to see that love is the meat and potatoes of life, as well as the dessert. Accordingly, Paul’s great meditation on Christian love is part of a much longer letter written to a fledgling church facing significant troubles within and tremendous odds without. Paul spends most of the letter talking to the Corinthians about how they are cannibalizing themselves spiritually speaking. Their only hope is the one thing they haven’t tried:...

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 biblical purpose of the church. I am not trying to tell every church what their mission statement ought to be. I am really trying to explore what my church’s mission statement ought to be if we want to be fully biblical in the sense of including everything the Bible includes and nothing that it doesn’t. Ideally, the mission statement would be pithy, inspiring, and true – true in the compass sense of always pointing members to true biblical north. Several things have instigated this quest. One is Anthony Bradley’s recent article The New Legalism which warns of...

posted on: May 13, 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 the event. It is the least understood and appreciated milestone in the saga of redemption. Yet it is the milestone the modern church most needs to recover. Christians instinctively know that the turning point of history – the cosmic D-Day if you will – is when Jesus begins to assert his lordship, not over heaven, but over this world – the world where we live and have kids and go to work and elect politicians. To the modern evangelical church, Jesus will launch that D-Day when he returns, upon his second advent. It is no wonder the evangelical church is so...

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

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