Author: Burrows

  • Half the Kingdom or a Dinner Date

    Half the Kingdom or a Dinner Date

    And the king said to her, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom.” And Esther said, “If it please the king, let the king and Haman come today to a feast that I have prepared for the king.” Esther 5:3–4

  • Annotations, February 2023

    Annotations, February 2023

    No Flippancy, No Superiority, No Presumption Because life inevitably becomes serious for all of us at some point. Those big things Larkin mentions—marriage, birth, and death as well as illness and loss and injury—will come knocking. A church that exists primarily for the self-help of its congregation is not setting itself up to deal with […]

  • He Makes Ministers a Flaming Fire

    He Makes Ministers a Flaming Fire

    He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;He makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind;He makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire. Psalm 104:3,4

  • His Spirit Was Provoked

    His Spirit Was Provoked

    Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. Acts 17:16,17

  • Wildly Inefficient

    Wildly Inefficient

    There are some days that I just sit with a passage and get nowhere. But remember, this is a relationship, and “relational time is wildly inefficient.” If you’ve had young kids, you know what I’m talking about. About 80 percent of the conversations I have with my four-year-old are total nonsense, but I put in […]

  • Annotations, January 2023

    Annotations, January 2023

    Look on My Works Who among us in the West has not at times believed the myth of our society’s unceasing progress and influence? It’s only human to believe that the way things are is the way they are going to be – certainly for our lifetimes, if not for much longer. But a shockwave […]

  • A Diamond in the Rough

    A Diamond in the Rough

    to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,the oil of gladness instead of mourning,the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;that they may be called oaks of righteousness,the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. Isaiah 61:3

  • There is No Such Thing as Normal

    There is No Such Thing as Normal

    The war creates no absolutely new situation; it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it. Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice. Human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself. If men had postponed […]

  • How to Become a Theologian

    How to Become a Theologian

    For as soon as God’s word takes root and grows in you, the devil will harry you, and will make a real doctor of you, and by his assaults will teach you to seek and love God’s word. I myself (if you will permit me, mere mouse-dirt, to be mingled with pepper) am deeply indebted […]

  • They Were Fishermen

    They Were Fishermen

    Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:16–18