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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Has Obama Betrayed the Left-wing?

The left is debating right now whether Barack Obama’s cabinet appointments imply a betrayal of left-wing principles. Chris Matthews discussed this topic on “Hardball” last night and concluded that Obama’s appointments are window-dressing. They are there to provide cover for Obama as he implements a left-wing agenda. I can’t say whether or not Matthews’s theory is correct, but we will find out soon enough. In the meantime, it will be interesting to watch this debate unfold. You know change is afoot when Hillary Clinton is considered to be your right-wing foil.

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LA Times on Women in Ministry

The editors of the The Los Angeles Times weighed in on the topic of women in ministry on Sunday (HT: Albert Mohler). The editorial talked mainly about the state of affairs in the Roman Catholic Church, but there was some commentary about Protestant churches as well. The editors conclude that continuing limitations on women are due to tradition in the Roman Catholic Church and the Bible in Protestant churches (texts like 1 Timothy 2:12). They write,

“In either case, the arguments that keep women from full participation are attributed to a higher authority. So why do they sound so much like the complaints about assertive women that long have issued from the mouths of men?”

The editors’s complaints boil down to two things: a charge of sexism and a criticism of authority. With respect to the former, we would have to disagree that all those who take a traditional view are simply motivated by sexism. For principled complementarians, the issue is this. God has spoken in creation and in His word, and He in fact does have the authority to define how the sexes should relate to one another in the home and in the church. Make no mistake. What the editors of the LA Times are resisting is not merely the conventions of men, but the very authority of God.

[For biblical answers to frequently asked questions about this topic, see the website for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.]

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