subscribe: Posts | Comments | Email

Music lessons a drag?

Here is why you should keep going. Kids, now that you have watched, don’t be intimidated, be inspired. Remember...

Music lessons a drag?
posted on: Mar 9, 2012 | author: Alan Burrow

A Lord’s Day prayer

How lovely is your tabernacle, O LORD of host. Our souls long for your courts, and our hearts cry out for you, O...

A Lord’s Day prayer
posted on: Feb 4, 2012 | author: Alan Burrow

The People – the most successful tyranny the world has ever known.

Secularists have successfully equated the thought of a Christian society with oppression. Yet in the Western struggle...

The People – the most successful tyranny the world has ever known.
posted on: Jan 30, 2012 | author: Alan Burrow

Why Christianity insists on holidays like Christmas.

[R]eligion always insists on special days like Christmas, while philosophy always tends to despise them. Religion is...

Why Christianity insists on holidays like Christmas.
posted on: Dec 1, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

What is “Reformed”? Part 3.

A conversation with Dr. Casey Christopher and Pastor Alan Burrow Share and...

posted on: May 30, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

What is “Reformed”? Part 2.

A conversation with Dr. Casey Christopher and Pastor Alan Burrow Share and...

posted on: Feb 28, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

Sabbath prayer.

O God our Father, we are glad in your presence, and rejoice before you. We extol you who rides upon the clouds; we...

posted on: Feb 26, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

Facebook, Twitter, and post-modern lightness of being.

There is a “tortoise and hare” pattern between believers and unbelievers when it comes to technology.* It first...

posted on: Feb 16, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

Sabbath prayer.

We praise you, O God our Father, for you have sent your Son to be our brother and our Savior and our King. He has...

posted on: Jan 29, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

Self-pity.

Feeling sorry for ourselves feels so good. That’s why we love it. But like the boy who loved to wet his pants because...

posted on: Jan 29, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

What is “Reformed”?

What is “Reformed”?  Part 1 A conversation with Dr. Casey Christopher and Pastor Alan Burrow Share and...

posted on: Jan 26, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

Self-pity

A man may quite reasonably regard himself as a jolly good fellow. He may at the same time quite consistently regard...

posted on: Jan 26, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

Sabbath prayer.

God our Father, we worship and thank you, for you are our refuge and our strength.  You are our help in times of...

posted on: Jan 22, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

Politics.

The more I watch politicians, the more I realize that politics is for those who aren’t content to show their...

posted on: Jan 18, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

The old and new humility.

[T]he old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which might make him work harder.  But the new humility...

posted on: Jan 15, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

Humility, a practical virtue.

Humility is so practical a virtue that men think it must be a vice.  Humility is so successful that it is mistaken...

posted on: Jan 14, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

It is always the secure who are humble.

[T]he essence of Christianity was in a literal sense the New Testament — a covenant with God which opened to...

posted on: Jan 13, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

The instinct of mankind against pride.

[T]he instinct of mankind against pride, as the ultimate human evil, can be proved from the most prosaic details or...

posted on: Jan 6, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow

Sabbath prayer

We praise you, O God our Father, for you have inclined your heart to us; you have brought us up out of the pit, out...

posted on: Dec 18, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Thanksgiving is the thermometer of the heart.

It was apparent from the size of the crowd and the dignitaries present that the deceased had been a prominent man....

Thanksgiving is the thermometer of the heart.
posted on: Nov 25, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Hate the sin, love the sinner.

However much I might dislike my own cowardice or conceit or greed, I went on loving myself.  There had never been the...

posted on: Nov 16, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Hate the sin, love the sinner.

I remember Christian teachers telling me long ago that I must hate a bad man’s actions, but not hate the bad...

posted on: Nov 15, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Sin proceeds in one direction, but defilement is a two-way street.

C.S. Lewis said that “good and evil both increase at compound interest.”* He did not attach that insight...

Sin proceeds in one direction, but defilement is a two-way street.
posted on: Nov 12, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

The way to love anything.

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles, p. 56, quoted in...

posted on: Nov 12, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Love your neighbor

The Bible tells us to love our neighbours, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same...

posted on: Nov 9, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

When it comes to love, being like God and unlike God are both measures of o...

God’s pure love, his Gift Love born free of all need, is not something we can return to him, for there is nothing...

posted on: Nov 8, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Natural affection, a stronger angel and a fiercer devil.

There’s something in natural affection which will lead it on to eternal love more easily than natural appetite...

posted on: Nov 3, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Perfect love casts out fear, but so do several other things.

Perfect love, we know, casteth out fear.  But so do several other things — ignorance, alcohol, passion,...

posted on: Nov 2, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Don’t waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighb...

The rule for all of us is perfectly simple.  Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your...

posted on: Nov 1, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Liquid Life

“In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.”  –Ralph Waldo Emerson, On Prudence....

posted on: Oct 30, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

He made bad and good rulers very much alike.

Otto Scott on Machiavelli, who was in many ways the father of modern politics: Machiavelli rationalized despotism,...

posted on: Oct 27, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

The Darwinian will not condescend to argue with you.

The Darwinian will not condescend to argue with you.  He will inform you of your ignorance; he will not enlighten...

posted on: Oct 26, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

They cannot convince the mind, but they do cloud it.

Just as it is the latest fad [of Freudian psychoanalysis] to prove that everything is sexual, so it was the last fad...

posted on: Oct 25, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Know-it-all agnostics

Speaking of Darwin, Marx, and Freud, G.K. Chesterton quipped: It is yet another mark of this sort of agnostic that he...

posted on: Oct 21, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Tossing out Darwin, Marx, and Freud

As noted in a previous post, Chesterton said our real task today is uneducating the educated.  We could make a good...

posted on: Oct 20, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Uneducating the educated

[Our primary public duty] is not to educate the uneducated but to uneducate the educated. G.K. Chesterton, The...

posted on: Oct 15, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Unenthusiastic educators

It is rare to come across anyone enthusiastic for our system of elementary instruction.  It is not common to find...

posted on: Oct 14, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Dealing with nonsense

There are two ways of dealing with nonsense in this world.  One way is to put nonsense in the right place; as when...

posted on: Oct 12, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

God works with submission, and that works for me.

God is opposed to the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.  Submit therefore to God. –James 4.6b-7a. If...

posted on: Sep 29, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Prayer for Lord’s Day worship

We praise you, O LORD; we will sing praises to you all the days of our life.  We do not trust in princes, nor in the...

posted on: Sep 26, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

The parent, the person in charge of education

In the case of comparative poverty, which is the common lot of mankind, we come back to a general parental...

posted on: Sep 21, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Lord’s Day Prayer

I called on the Lord in my distress; the Lord answered me and said me and abroad place.  The Lord is on my side; I...

posted on: Sep 18, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Confession for Lord’s Day Worship

Call to confession: The Lord preserves all who love him.  The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call...

posted on: Sep 18, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Prayer for Lord’s Day Worship

Blessed are you, O God.  You are our rock.  You are our lovingkindness.  You are our fortress, our high tower, and...

posted on: Sep 12, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Confession for Lord’s Day Worship

All: Heavenly Father, we would come to you with the penitence of the prodigal son, confessing that we have sinned...

posted on: Sep 11, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Properly conducted, a person’s education makes him or her a better Ch...

In Milton’s view, education is not what people so often reduce it to — completing a certain number of...

posted on: Sep 6, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Lord’s Day Prayer

Great God and Father, let our prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of our hands as the evening...

posted on: Sep 5, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Lord’s Day Confession

All: Heavenly Father, You have commanded us to do everything, whether in word or in deed, in the name of the Lord...

posted on: Sep 5, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

The school is only preparation for the home

Just now there is a tendency to forget that the school is only a preparation for the home, and not the home a mere...

posted on: Sep 3, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

We need intimate knowledge of the past

Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past.   . . .   [W]e cannot study the future, and . . . need...

posted on: Sep 1, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

« Previous Entries Next Entries »