Boyce College Student Nominated for Grammy

The Protestant Reformation has come to the Grammys! On Saturday, one of our students here at Boyce College was nominated for a Grammy award. His stage name is “Flame,” and I wrote about him here in October. He’s a hip-hop artist with a gospel message—one that is rooted deeply in the reformation tradition.

According to the Grammy website, Flame’s “Our World Redeemed” has been nominated for “Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album.” CMSpin.com has the details of the story, and the Associated Press reports that the Grammy Awards will be broadcast on February 8 on CBS. You can be sure that we’ll be pulling for Flame.

Here’s a link to Flame’s album. If you haven’t bought it yet, you really should.

Russell Moore interviewed Flame on “The Albert Mohler Program” last Spring. You can download it here or listen to it below.

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Here’s Flame’s Website.

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Did Pro-lifers Kill the GOP in 2008?

In yesterday’s New York Times, Ross Douthat takes on the conventional wisdom among pro-choice Republicans who blame the pro-life movement for losing the presidency in 2008 (HT: Russell Moore). Douthat notes how pro-choice GOP’ers such as Christie Todd Whitman and P. J. O’Rourke have charged uncompromising pro-lifers with alienating the American mainstream in 2008. Continue Reading →

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How the BCS Should Shake-out

After the Sooners finish shellacking Mizzou tonight, I think it’s pretty clear which two teams should be appearing in the BCS championship game: Florida and Oklahoma. I hate it for Texas, but it is what it is. The BCS is already the biggest sham in sports. And if Florida and Oklahoma are not the final two in the BCS formula, then I think the BCS will not survive. How could it?

On a related but unrelated note: During the SEC championship game, the camera showed Joey and Christy Allen cheering on the Gators. Christy is Tim Tebow’s sister, and she and Joey are now missionaries in an undisclosed overseas location. Joey and Christy were members of our church in Dallas, Texas, and there’s something about Joey that some of you might appreciate.

Joey is the author of a series of children’s books called “Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers.” Each volume is a primer on deep theological truths, but pitched at the level of a small child. There are books on the Trinity, the Gospel, and the Scripture. If you have little children, you should consider buying these books.

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German Martyrs in Hitler’s Germany

TIME magazine has re-released an article from 1940 that reports on “German Martyrs” during Hitler’s regime. Among the more interesting items in this essay is an extended quote from Albert Einstein:

“Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks. . . .

“Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.” –Albert Einstein

Read the rest here: “German Martyrs,” Time (December 23, 1940). Continue Reading →

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D. A. Carson Conference on Gender

D. A. Carson will be speaking at a half-day conference on gender just before the Desiring God Pastor’s Conference this February. Here’s the announcement from CBMW:

CBMW and the Fidelis Foundation are pleased to announce a half-day conference on gender with Dr. D.A. Carson. Different by Design 2009: A Crucial Call to Faithfulness on Gender Issues will be held at the Minneapolis Hilton in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 2nd, 2009, just prior to the start of the Desiring God Pastor’s Conference. The schedule will begin at 1:00pm and conclude by 4:30pm. Continue Reading →

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The New Look at dennyburk.com

You may have noticed that last month this website got a facelift. There are many more features on the blog, and I think it looks much better than it did before.

The new look and functionality are due to my friend David Yeiser’s Renaissance blog theme. Yeiser developed this brilliant theme for WordPress, and it is the best theme that I have ever worked with. It is highly customizable and is widget-enabled.

If you are interested in owning this theme, you can buy it here. Thanks, David. Brilliant work.

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Hebrews, Christ, and the Law

I just received yesterday my copy of Barry Joslin’s new book Hebrews, Christ, and the Law: The Theology of the Mosaic Law in Hebrews 7:1-10:18 (Paternoster, 2008). The book comes with high recommendations. Tom Schreiner writes:

“Scholars in the last few years have focused on the Pauline view of the Law, but other parts of the New Testament have not received the same attention. . . Future studies of the Law in Hebrews will have to reckon with Joslin’s careful reading of the text.” Continue Reading →

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The Son’s Submission to the Father

The Associated Baptist Press recently reported on a debate that took place in October at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The debate concerned the nature of intra-Trinitarian relationships with a particular focus on the nature of the Son’s submission to the Father. On the one hand, Bruce Ware and Wayne Grudem argued that the Son has always submitted to the Father (eternity past, present, and future). On the other hand, Tom McCall and Keith Yandell argued that Christ only submitted to the Father during his incarnation.

This debate may seem a little bit odd to some. But because the Bible compares God’s headship over Christ to a man’s headship over his wife (1 Corinthians 11:3), the question of intra-trinitarian relations is somewhat of a hot topic. Readers of this blog no doubt know where I am on this question. I think the Bible clearly teaches that Christ’s functional submission to the Father is eternal (though not ontological).

What caught my eye in the ABP article was a line that I think sets forth a common misunderstanding of a familiar passage. I’m going to give you the line and then make a few comments on the passage: Continue Reading →

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