Author Archive | Denny Burk

BCS Is Clear, But Best Team Is Out

With today’s games in the rear-view mirror, it is clear to see who will be at the top of next week’s BCS rankings. Alabama will remain number one, and Texas Tech will be number two. Unfortunately, the best team in the country (the Florida Gators) will not be in the top two. Florida’s loss to Ole Miss (I still can’t figure that one out) means that they are out of the big game unless one of the top two loses one.

LSU has lost every big game that it has played (Florida, Georgia, and Alabama). In two of them, they’ve gave up over 50 points per game (Florida and Georgia). Obviously, this is a bad year for LSU football. I wish it weren’t so, but that’s just the way it is. There’s always next year.

Mohler’s Remarks about the Election on ABC News

ABC World News Tonight visited the campus of Southern Seminary this week and interviewed our president, Dr. Albert Mohler, about the results of the presidential election. Among other things, Dr. Mohler said this:

“The fight for the dignity and sanctity of unborn human beings has been set back by a great loss. . . We’re going to have some setbacks here. . . We’re going to have some real days of disappointment. I think we need to be prepared for that. We’re going to find ourselves in a situation where our voice is not going to have the kind of resonance that it once had in Washington.

“I think there’s a real threat here that the Republican Party could decide to say to conservative Christians, ‘there’s the door, we’re going to move in a different direction. . . It just ought to remind many Christians we have placed too much confidence in the political process in the first place.”

You can watch the rest of the video here.

Schreiner Critiques McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet

A couple of weeks ago Tom Schreiner contacted The Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood (for which I am the editor) and expressed interest in writing a review of Scot McKnight’s new book The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible. We were delighted to let him write the review for us and plan on publishing the review in the Spring 2009 issue of the journal. In advance of its publication in JBMW, the review essay will appear next week on the Gender Blog of the Council for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood.

I interviewed Tom last week for a new podcast that we have launched at Boyce College (where I am Dean), and we discussed McKnight’s book in particular and the gender debate in general. Tom’s contribution to the evangelical discussion on gender has been substantial, and we were honored to have him as a guest. Among other things, he wrote the article on 1 Corinthians 11 for the book Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and edited the watershed work titled Women in the Church: A Fresh Analysis of I Timothy 2:9-15.

Tom’s assessment of The Blue Parakeet is very critical and spot-on. So after listening to this podcast, you’ll want to be sure to read Tom’s review on the Gender Blog next week.

Boyce College DiaBLOGue

As many of you know, I am the Dean of Boyce College, which is the undergraduate school of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Recently, Boyce College launched a website called “The Boyce DiaBLOGue.” The “DiaBLOGue” is a forum for the faculty of Boyce College and of Southern Seminary and for other invited guests. The new site is both a blog and a podcast that publishes content related to the Bible, theology, philosophy, and culture. In addition to traditional blog essays, the “DiaBLOGue” will also include a podcast (the RSS feed for the site is the feed for the podcast).

Not only will the “DiaBLOGue” include messages from Boyce College’s chapel meetings, but it will also feature interviews with scholars and theologians in a program called “The Boyce Forum.” The first installment of “The Boyce Forum” will appear very soon, and my first guest is Dr. Tom Schreiner.

Here’s the link to the site: http://www.boycecollege.com/diablogue. Please add us to your favorites and subscribe to our podcast.

Good News from Yesterday’s Election

The presidential election was over pretty early last night (compared to ’00 and ’04), but I stayed up until after 2am anyway to find out the results of Proposition 8 in California. When I finally went to bed, the vote count was too close to call, and it was still too close when I checked the news this morning.

The Los Angeles Times and other news outlets are now reporting that Proposition 8 has passed. So the state constitution of California will now include the following sentence:

“Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

The amendment passed with a slim majority, but this is big news when you consider the fact that California is one of the most liberal states in the union. That a measure like this one could pass in California is heartening.

Post-Election Columns to Read

The opinion writers are out in full force this morning. Some of them have good things to say, and some not so good. Here are a few I would like to highlight.

First, don’t miss Michael Gerson’s two columns this morning for the Washington Post: “Hail to the Chief” and “The Decency of George W. Bush.” The first duly notes Obama’s historic achievement and the latter takes on the conventional wisdom about President Bush. Both of these are must-reads.

Second, Albert Mohler’s reflections are always worth reading. He has sized-up things very well in his article “America Has Chosen a President.” Here’s an excerpt: Continue Reading →

Post-Election Reflections

I have written a great deal about the presidential campaign over the last year, and I think it’s only appropriate to share some things that I am grateful for now that it’s all over.

1. The Sovereignty of God. I am so grateful to serve a Savior who once looked into the eyes of a calculating Roman politician and said, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above.” Jesus knew what has been true all along about the kingdoms of men. They rise and fall according to the ordination of a sovereign God. “The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes” (Daniel 4:25). God works all things after the counsel of His own will (Ephesians 1:11), and He promises to cause all things to work together for good to those who love God and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). God has presided over today’s result with an inscrutable wisdom, and I am thankful for that.

2. Common Grace. We are sinners and do not deserve rulers who maintain peace and order in society. Nevertheless, God gives us governing authorities for our good (Romans 13:4) in order to stem the tide of human evil and so to deliver us from ourselves. Almost any government is better than no government, and I am so very grateful for the Lord’s provision in this regard.

3. The Kingdom of Christ. The world is groaning under a curse (Genesis 3; Romans 8:20), and no politician or party will be able to reverse it. King Jesus will be the One to set the world to rights. The day is coming (sooner than we expect) when Christ will come and set the cosmos free from its slavery to corruption (Romans 8:21). Though we grieve now that the unborn are slaughtered by the millions, the Lord will be their justice in the great day. After triumphing over all His enemies, God will wipe every tear away and make all things new (Revelation 21:4-5). This is a hope worth living and dying for, and no politician or human government can thwart God’s redemptive purposes for human history.

There is much more that could be said, but these are the things that are most on my heart tonight. We have so much to be grateful for, and what better time to say so than today (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

My Closing Argument for Life on Election Eve

Tomorrow America will go to the polls and elect the next President of the United States. In advance of this vote, I have used my blog space to make the case that the transcendent issue of this election is abortion, and I want to make this case one more time.

The current law of our land excludes from the human community a whole class of human beings—the unborn. Right now under the regime of Roe v. Wade, it is legal in our country to kill unborn human beings at any stage of development from 0-9 months gestation. In other words, our nation’s laws do not recognize an intrinsic right to life for the unborn. In some cases, animals have more protection under the law than unborn people do.

The Roe v. Wade decision has presided over the deaths of nearly 50 million innocent human babies since 1973, and it stands as the singular legal obstacle to passing laws restricting abortion in our country. The only way for the unborn to be protected in law is for Roe to be overturned. It will take a 5 person majority on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe. Absent such a majority, it will continue to be legal for the babies to be killed. Continue Reading →

The Coming Election and Abortion Politics

I have heard many so-called “pro-lifers” argue that having a “pro-life” President hasn’t really furthered the cause of life in this country. I don’t think that argument is really very serious at all. President Bush’s two Supreme Court appointments (Roberts and Alito) led the court to uphold the ban on partial birth abortion. Now the court is at a tipping point again, and that is the point made in a USA Today article by Joan Biskupic:

“John McCain’s and Barack Obama’s dueling statements on abortion rights have ratcheted up debate over the future of Roe v. Wade at a time when the Supreme Court could be at a crossroads on the 1973 decision that made abortion legal nationwide.

“Only a bare five-justice majority appears ready to reaffirm the decision. That is a change from national election cycles in the last decade-and-a-half when at least six justices, including now-retired Sandra Day O’Connor, supported abortion rights. A single court appointee could decide whether abortion laws become more restrictive or more permissive and whether Roe v. Wade remains the law.”

Make no mistake. Those who vote for the pro-abortion candidate in this election will be in part responsible for the continuation of Roe v. Wade, a regime that has presided over the deaths of 50 million babies since 1973.

11 Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter,
O hold them back.
12 If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
And will He not render to man according to his work?
-Proverbs 24:11-12

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