Why our churches need more gray hair

http://www.dennyburk.com/why-our-churches-need-more-gray-hair/

Five quick points on the ESV’s rendering of Genesis 3:16

http://www.dennyburk.com/four-quick-points-on-the-esvs-rendering-of-genesis-316/

Naïve evangelicals trying to avoid the reproaches of Christ

from Denny Burke

Evangelicals, it is time to take heed and be wise. Your must-read of the day is David French, who writes:

Especially among Evangelicals, there is a naïve belief that if only we were winsome enough, kind enough, and compassionate enough, the culture would welcome us with open arms. But now our love — expressed in the fullness of a Gospel that identifies homosexual conduct as sin but then provides eternal hope through justification and sanctification — is hate.

Read the rest: http://www.dennyburk.com/naive-evangelicals-trying-to-avoid-the-reproaches-of-christ/

Ben Witherington’s hard-hitting critique of Rachel Held Evans’ new book

New Testament scholar Ben Witherington has penned a fairly hard-hitting review of Rachel Held Evans’ new book Searching for Sunday., which landed on The New York Times bestseller list last week. Witherington likes Evans personally and even affirms her as a “genuine Christian person.” He is generally sympathetic with some of her complaints about evangelicalism. Nevertheless, he comes down pretty hard on her affirmation sex outside of marriage. He writes:

 

 

 

 

Read it at: http://www.dennyburk.com/ben-witheringtons-hard-hitting-critique-of-rachel-held-evans-new-book/

What Jesus’ Resurrection Tells Us about Our Own

http://www.dennyburk.com/what-jesus-resurrection-tells-us-about-our-own/

Is ISIS terror driven by religion?

http://www.dennyburk.com/is-isis-terror-driven-by-religion-the-high-cost-of-ignoring-the-obvious/

Tough review of N. T. Wright’s 2-volume work on Paul

For the more scholarly, but could be interesting and definitely a solid read but get this scholar’s opinion first.

http://www.dennyburk.com/tough-review-of-n-t-wrights-2-volume-work-on-paul/

 

Mary’s crisis-pregnancy and noble Joseph

by Denny Burke

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her, desired to put her away secretly. –Matthew 1:18-19

The key thing to note about Joseph’s character is in verse 19. The text says that Joseph was “a righteous man.” A righteous person in Matthew’s gospel is one who has an obedient trust in the promises of God revealed in the Old Testament. A righteous person cares about what God says. He trusts what God says, and so he obeys what God says. That was Joseph.

The rest is at: http://www.dennyburk.com/marys-crisis-pregnancy-and-noble-joseph/

9 Terrible Habits You Need to Stop Immediately

from  Denny Burke

A productivity expert at Time magazine offers “9 Terrible Habits You Need to Stop Immediately.” This is not written from a biblical point of view, but there are nevertheless some wise, adaptable things to consider in this not-to-do list. The “terrible habits” are listed below. Click here to read the explanation for each one.

  1. Do Not Answer Calls from Unrecognized Numbers
  2. Do Not Email First Thing in the Morning or Last Thing at Night
  3. Do Not Agree to Meetings or Calls With No Clear Agenda or End Time
  4. Do Not Let People Ramble
  5. Do Not Check Email Constantly
  6. Do Not Over-Communicate With Low Profit, High Maintenance Customers
  7. Do Not Work More to Fix Being Too Busy
  8. Do Not Carry a Digital Leash 24/7
  9. Do Not Expect Work to Fill a Void That Non-Work Relationships and Activities Should

Got comments? Go to http://www.dennyburk.com/9-terrible-habits-you-need-to-stop-immediately/

First-born from among the dead!

Here is the first of two from  in Christianity

O Jesus, Savior of my life,
My hope, my joy, my sacrifice,
I’ve searched and found no other one
Who loves me more than you have done.

So I denounce my lingering sin
Whose power You have broke within
My ever weak and faithless frame.
Its vigor’s crushed in Jesus name.

For your death did at once proclaim,
The Father’s glory and my shame.
And you did seize my cup of guilt
And drank all that the chalice spilled.

No condemnation now I dread
Because you went for me instead
To bear the Father’s hell-bent rage,
To pay the debt I would have paid.

Yet your work finished not with death,
Nor with your final murdered breath.
For death’s blows could not ever quell
The One whose life is in Himself.

Your passion broke forth full with life,
And foiled the adversary’s wiles.
You broke the chains, destroyed the sting
With which death had afflicted me.

O Savior, who died in my stead,
You firstborn from among the dead,
O Savior, you who saved my life,
Will take me whole to paradise.

So on this resurrection day
I lift my voice with all the saints
And sing with all my ransomed might
Of You, the Savior of my life!

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He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything. – Colossians 1:18