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Jack Burch

Jack Burch

Jack Burch was born in Miami Florida in 1926. After high school he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine in 1944, serving in the Atlantic and Mediterranean during the latter part of W.W. II. He received a B.S. degree in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Academy, a B.A. degree in speech communications from David Lipscomb College, Nashville, Tennessee, and an M.A. degree in New Testament from Abilene Christian College. In addition, he has done special graduate work at Southern California School of Theology at Claremont and Fuller Theological Seminary. From 1969 - 1979 he was part of the adjunct faculty in religion at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. He has also taught in Nigeria, Vienna, Austria, and South Korea.

 One of Jack's areas of special interest is the Greek text of the New Testament. He did research for his Master's Thesis at the International Greek New Testament Project based at Emory University and was the first person to use a computer in comparing variant readings in the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament.

 Jack's primary interest has always been congregational ministry. He began preaching in 1948 and is presently the pulpit minister for the Burbank Church of Christ. He has also served churches of Christ in Glendale and Palm Desert, California, Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, and Florida. Jack returns to Seoul, South Korea each year to teach in a ministerial training school for churches of Christ in that country.

 

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Sun, Aug 16, 2015
Sun, Aug 09, 2015
Jesus and Personal Comfort. Jesus’ mission did not include providing for his own personal comfort. Instead, the writers of the Gospels tell of his personal sacrifices, his suffering, staying up late at night to pray, and then having no place to sleep. Even the animals have a place to sleep, but not the Son of God. Personal discipleship demands personal spiritual responsibility. It also requires our time, our talent, our thinking, and a whole lot more.
Sun, Aug 09, 2015
Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Man Who Stilled the Waters. It is impossible for me to know the amazement of the 12 disciples when Jesus uttered the words “Peace! Be still.” These words brought a “complete calm” in place of a frighteningly chaotic storm. The 12 mystified apostles responded with profound amazement and they said, “Even the wind and the waves obey him.” This incredible man with power to calm the sea invites us to be his followers.
Sun, Aug 02, 2015
“--But I Want to Have My Cake and Eat it Too!!” I remember telling my children, “OK kids, you can’t have it both ways. Make up your minds which it’s going to be.” A loose translation of this may be: “You can’t do ‘foolish’ things and expect ‘wise’ results.” However, we frequently fail to heed our own advice. Look at Jesus’ last words in the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt. 7:25-27). After giving his historic practical teaching about right living he said, “Wise people will do these things – foolish people won’t.”
Sun, Jul 26, 2015
They Have Stars in California!! When we moved from Louisiana to California (1967) the smog was so thick that we could not see the stars at night. We were camping out one evening – far from the smog – and my youngest daughter went outside of the tent late that evening. She looked up and was thrilled to see that “They have stars in California!” The beauty and tranquility of the stars quietly declare the glory of God. Paul tells us that some Christians in Philippi were so busy complaining that others could not see the beauty of God shinning in their lives.
Sun, Jul 26, 2015
Some of Life’s Toughest Questions Whether it is theology, civil law, home rules, or society’s customs the questions concerning “the letter of the law” or “the spirit of the law” seem to surface with great frequency. Jesus used a couple of the Ten Commandments to show us some of the underlying principles which must guide us in observing God’s laws. It is wrong to murder but it is the underlying principle against anger and hatred which must be considered first.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015
The Mind of Christ. It is really impossible to capture the mind of Christ in pictures. None adequately express the length, the breadth, and the depth of the mind of our Lord. Ministry might be one key but there is also that mindset which involved compassion, joy, sadness, success, failure, and a host of other characteristics. When we look at the mind of Christ we are reminded that Paul tells us to develop this mind in ourselves. Literally, the Greek text says, “Think this in you” (Phil. 2:5). How do we change our thinking? How do we develop the mind of Christ in our own lives?
Sun, Jul 19, 2015
Passage: Matthew 5:3
Poverty of spirit is humility. It is not necessarily the exact opposite of pride – which can be a good thing – but it really is the opposite of arrogance of spirit. There is a significant difference between pride and arrogance. But let’s forget about arrogance for a while and think of the grace of humility – that’s a truly admirable quality for a Christian. There are so many vivid stories in the Bible about this great quality we call humility.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015
Duration: 25 mins 30 secs
Message or Messenger -- Which is most important? That is an easy but difficult question. Contradiction? Not really. We constantly get those confused in religion, in politics, in friendships, in business, and in other things. “I really like him” may get in the way of “What is the source and truth of the message he brings?” Demosthenes, pictured above, was a great orator and statesman who brought his wisdom and concepts to the ancient Greeks. Some Corinthians thought that Paul was not so eloquent but they had lost sight of the fact that he brought God’s message of salvation. The truth and eternal value of the message must always outweigh the likability of the messenger. In this lesson we will look at: “The Message and the Messenger” I Cor. 3:1-7
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