Author Archive | Denny Burk

McLaren, Homosexuality, and the New Testament

I am back home in the Bayou State for the 61st Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. The meeting is in New Orleans this year, and the theme is “Personal & Social Ethics.” I will be delivering a paper on homosexuality. Here’s the title:

“Why Evangelicals Should Ignore Brian McLaren: How the New Testament Requires Evangelicals to Render a Judgment on the Moral Status of Homosexuality”

For all of you in New Orleans this week, I’d love to see you there. Here’s the place and time of my presentation: Continue Reading →

Look What the Cat Dragged In

There are certain moments in life that you never forget—those indelible moments that fix themselves in memory, sometimes for happy reasons, and sometimes for not so happy reasons. I had such a moment in the latter category when I was in the 8th grade. A friend of mine handed me a newly-released rock-and-roll album from a band that was just making its mark on popular music. I remember right where I was standing in the schoolyard of my junior high school when he gave it to me. The album cover showed four big-haired overly made-up vixens on the front of the album, and I remember thinking: “Wow, these girls are pretty!” Continue Reading →

New JBMW

The Fall issue of The Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood is now out, and you can download five of the articles from the JBMW website. Both of the “Studies” are worthy of special note. Dr. Andreas Köstenberger responds to Philip Payne’s New Testament Studies article on 1 Timothy 2:12, and Barry Joslin contests Craig Blomberg’s translation of “Son of Man” in Hebrews 2:5-9.

I think you’ll find a great deal of useful material here, and if you are not a subscriber you should sign-up today. I’ve included the table of contents below. Continue Reading →

Chandler in SBTS Chapel

Matt Chandler had my number in chapel today. It was a spiritual wallop that I needed. Don’t miss this one.

Hebrews 11

Psalm 141:5 “Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it.”

Pro-death Feminist Propaganda

Don’t believe everything you read. Especially the obfuscations of Kate Michelman and Frances Kissling in today’s New York Times. Their OP-ED is more of the tired, old, feminist propaganda that entirely misses the point of the abortion debate.

They pillory congressional Democrats who supported the pro-life Stupak amendment to the healthcare bill passed last week. They charge pro-life Democrats with risking the “well-being of millions of women” and with undermining “reproductive rights.” Once again, the pro-death feminists show not one scintilla of concern for the unborn. They even complain that Democrat leaders are now using the term “pro-life” instead of the pejorative “anti-choice.”

Here’s the bottom line. It is wrong to kill innocent human beings. Unborn babies are innocent human beings. Therefore, we should not kill or ask our government to subsidize the killing of unborn babies. That’s the elephant in the room that Michelman and Kissling don’t want to talk about. Indeed, they can’t talk about it. If they did, they know that they will have lost the debate.

First Theology

President Obama’s remarks at the Fort Hood memorial contained an unexpected pronouncement:

“No faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor. For what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice — in this world, and the next.”

It’s not the pluralism that’s unexpected, nor the condemnation of the killer. The surprise came in his belief in a judgment in the afterlife. In a 2008 interview for The Stranger, Obama’s tone on the afterlife was decidedly more agnostic. Recounting a conversation with one of his daughters, he said,

“I wondered whether I should have told her the truth, that I wasn’t sure what happens when we die, any more than I was sure of where the soul resides or what existed before the Big Bang.”

I don’t presume to know all the ins and outs of Obama’s personal beliefs, though I think it’s pretty clear that he holds to a more liberal brand of Christianity. What is clear, however, is that his recent remarks are a significant departure from the ones in 2008.

Chris Matthews Gets It…Sort of

On Monday, Chris Matthews interviewed Jim Cooper (Democrat Congressman from Tennessee) and Cecile Richards (President of Planned Parenthood). Neither Cooper nor Richards is being straightforward about the Stupak Amendment that was attached to the House’s healthcare reform bill on Saturday. Matthews is a liberal and is pro-choice, but even he won’t let them get away with it.

Be sure to pay careful attention to Cooper and Richards’s rationale for rejecting the pro-life Stupak Amendment. Utterly false.

Does God Love Homosexuals?

I got an e-mail today from someone who wanted to know if I believe that God loves homosexuals. The short answer is yes. But short answers aren’t nearly as good as biblical answers. So let’s look at three texts to establish the point.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Continue Reading →

Fleeing the Abortionist’s Probe

I wrote last week about Abby Johnson who quit her job as executive director of a Planned Parenthood clinic after seeing an ultrasound image of an abortion. Mike Huckabee recently interviewed Johnson, and she provided much more detail than previously about the abortion that she saw.

The mother who aborted her child was 13 weeks pregnant. Johnson says that she saw the baby trying to get away from the abortionist’s probe. Watch the interview above.

(HT: Justin Taylor)

Wise as Serpents, Innocent as Doves

I saw this Associated Press story on Albert Mohler’s link list this morning. If you aren’t careful about opening e-mail attachments, you will be after reading this.

“Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography.

“Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on computers by viruses — the malicious programs better known for swiping your credit card numbers. In this twist, it’s your reputation that’s stolen.

“Pedophiles can exploit virus-infected PCs to remotely store and view their stash without fear they’ll get caught. Pranksters or someone trying to frame you can tap viruses to make it appear that you surf illegal Web sites.

“Whatever the motivation, you get child porn on your computer — and might not realize it until police knock at your door.”

Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

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