Author Archive | Denny Burk

New Ken Burns Documentary on Baseball

I just heard that Ken Burns has a new documentary on baseball that will be airing on PBS later this month. According to PBS’s website, it’s a two-part, four-hour documentary titled “The Tenth Inning,” and it comprises a new chapter in Burns’s Emmy-winning 1994 series titled “Baseball.” This latest chapter tells “the tumultuous story of the national pastime from the 1990s to the present day. Introducing an unforgettable array of players, teams and fans, the film showcases the era’s extraordinary accomplishments and heroics – as well as its devastating losses and disappointments.”

There’s a trailer that you can view on PBS’s website. It’s set to air September 28 & 29 at 8pm ET.


Daniel and the Fundamentalists

It is standard fare among Old Testament scholars to assume that the biblical book of Daniel was written in the second century B.C.—well after the fulfillment of the prophecies contained in that book. Jim Hamilton highlights a 1990 essay by Gerhard Hasel that shows the implausibility of the late date in light of evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hamilton concludes:

“This evidence inclines me to think that those who persist in dating Daniel to the Maccabean era do so for uncritical, dogmatic reasons. Namely, their religion (historical critical naturalism with its priesthood of archeologists and orthodoxy of unbelief) dictates that they must not believe in a God who inspires predictive prophecy.

“At any rate, primary source testimony, manuscript evidence, and historical probabilities are not dictating their conclusions.”

In other words, an early date for Daniel does not rely on fundamentalist ignorance of the historical record. Quite the opposite is the case. The fundamentalists in this debate are those who are so enslaved to critical orthodoxy that they can’t even consider evidence that contradicts their hypothesis.


Not an Impressive Start for LSU

I’m glad that LSU won tonight, but winning a squeaker against North Carolina’s second string is not very impressive. They will have to do a lot better than this in the coming weeks, or it will be a long season. The Tiger defense just rolled over in the second half, and the offense wasn’t very offensive. They are fortunate to have pulled out a win after having such a poor finish.


Beats and Babbles

Flame graduated last May, but hip-hop is still alive and well on the campus of Boyce College. Boyce College student Spencer Harmon (not to be confused with Where’s Waldo) fronts a new group called “Beats and Babbles,” and he has just released a new self-titled album. With song titles like “What Hoekma Said” and “Nerds By Day, Rappers By Night,” how can you go wrong? You can download the album now from iTunes. Check it out. You might also take a look at their website

In other news, the artist formerly known as “Crossword” is now a faculty member at Boyce College. His 2004 album is available for free download here.


Denny Burk Jumps the Shark

I got snookered! That last @CaedmonsCall Tweet was not from the real Cliff Young at all. Sorry, Caedmon’s! I was wrong in substance and tone, and I apologize. I repent in sackcloth and ashes. Going to go listen to this song for a while.


Hardball on Hagee and Beck

Chris Matthews takes umbrage with John Hagee’s appearance at the Glenn Beck rally. I don’t think the conversation here is all that helpful or illuminatng—except in one sense. This is the most theology I think I have ever heard discussed on “Hardball.” The discussion touches on theodicy, sin, judgment, and the nature of God. That’s pretty unusual for this program, but it does show where some of these characters are on the most important questions in the world.

One more thing. Even though Matthews is a Roman Catholic, he regularly opposes Roman Catholic teaching on his program. It seems a bit inconsistent to defend the church against the likes of Beck, but that is what he does.


Andrew Peterson on Poverty

Do you have to take a vow of poverty to be a Christian? Is money the root of all evil? Andrew Peterson says no, and I agree. You need to read all of this one, but here’s the conclusion:

“The point: being poor is not the only way to radically follow Christ. Some people are called to it. I have long felt a tension between all that I learned from the Kid Brothers and Rich Mullins about identifying with the poor and the weak, versus my holy responsibility to tend to my family’s spiritual and physical needs. Continue Reading →


Ezell to NAMB

This is the happiest SBC news I’ve heard in a long time. I can’t imagine a better leader for NAMB. Pastor Kevin Ezell has been nominated to be the next President of the North American Mission Board (the domestic missions agency of the Southern Baptist Convention). Jim Smith has the story here.


Beck’s Revival

Russell Moore has Glenn Beck’s number—or at least that of Beck’s erstwhile “evangelical” following. Moore is rightly scathing in his rebuke of evangelicals who would confuse genuine revival with Mormon-American-pie-populist politics. That’s exactly what was on display this weekend at Beck’s rally at the Lincoln Memorial. It was a mash-up of civic religion and syncretism that had some evangelicals looking to Glenn Beck as some kind of a spiritual leader. It exposed the fact that far too many evangelicals still can’t tell the difference between heresy and the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Moore writes:

“It’s taken us a long time to get here, in this plummet from Francis Schaeffer to Glenn Beck. In order to be this gullible, American Christians have had to endure years of vacuous talk about undefined ‘revival’ and ‘turning America back to God’ that was less about anything uniquely Christian than about, at best, a generically theistic civil religion and, at worst, some partisan political movement.

“Rather than cultivating a Christian vision of justice and the common good (which would have, by necessity, been nuanced enough to put us sometimes at odds with our political allies), we’ve relied on populist God-and-country sloganeering and outrage-generating talking heads. We’ve tolerated heresy and buffoonery in our leadership as long as with it there is sufficient political ‘conservatism’ and a sufficient commercial venue to sell our books and products.

“Too often, and for too long, American ‘Christianity’ has been a political agenda in search of a gospel useful enough to accommodate it. There is a liberation theology of the Left, and there is also a liberation theology of the Right, and both are at heart mammon worship. The liberation theology of the Left often wants a Barrabas, to fight off the oppressors as though our ultimate problem were the reign of Rome and not the reign of death. The liberation theology of the Right wants a golden calf, to represent religion and to remind us of all the economic security we had in Egypt. Both want a Caesar or a Pharaoh, not a Messiah…

“Mormonism and Mammonism are contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ. They offer another Lord Jesus than the One offered in the Scriptures and Christian tradition, and another way to approach him. An embrace of these tragic new vehicles for the old Gnostic heresy is unloving to our Mormon friends and secularist neighbors, and to the rest of the watching world. Any ‘revival’ that is possible without the Lord Jesus Christ is a ‘revival’ of a different kind of spirit than the Spirit of Christ (1 Jn. 4:1-3).”

As you can see, this is a must-read. Read it here.



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