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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, May 24, 2015
A Young Man of Undaunted Courage When Joseph was about 17 years old his jealous brothers sold him as a slave to a caravan of men who were on their way to Egypt. No doubt his moral and religious values met with many challenges among the pagan Egyptians whom he had to serve. However, this teenager appears to have been well grounded in his faith in the one God. His moral values, though, put to severe tests, supported him in adverse circumstances. He could have said, “I can’t believe in a God who would let these terrible things happen to me, a faithful young man.” Instead, he did not allow his difficult and unjust circumstances to crush his devotion to God. Sunday morning let’s take a close look at: “Joseph: Teenaged Fidelity”
Sun, May 24, 2015
Duration: 34 mins 39 secs
What Does the Bible Say About the Antichrist? When crises arise in the Middle East a whole host of religious groups and preachers also arise with tales, “identities,” speculations, and predictions about the antichrist. Untold numbers of false teachings about this subject are presented to an uninformed world via the internet, T.V., and other media. On the other hand, the Biblical teaching is not nearly as complex as many have been led to believe. Instead, the texts which deal with the topic are clear and forthright. This sermon is not going to be an array of speculations but a true investigation of the four Biblical passages where the word occurs. These alone describe and define this issue. This sermon is part of our study of the book of I John.
Sun, May 17, 2015
The Harvest We Reap Depends on the Seed which we Sow YES!! This is the wonderful – awful – truth. When a gardener sows healthy fresh seeds in good soil, and cares for the young plant with water, nutrients, and the work of weed-pulling, the harvest is likely to be abundant, mature, and lovely. (Perhaps this is an unimportant statement since everyone is aware of that fact.) However, what we also know, but sometimes fail to notice, is that this principle applies to all areas of life. Spiritual life is enhanced when we sow liberality, good will, compassion, and love. Spiritual life is depleted when we sow selfishness, neglect, unfounded criticisms, and lack of love. Sunday morning we will see how Jacob, in his later life, reaped a sorrowful harvest from the seeds he had sown in his early life.
Sun, May 17, 2015
Passage: 1 John 2:7-9
“Love One Another” Is it an Old Commandment or a New Commandment? Both Jesus and John refer to the commandment to love one another as old – yet it is also new. The Old Testament is filled with the love principle. The Greatest Commandment is: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matt. 22:37 There is another which is similar: “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matt. 22:39 But Jesus added a new dimension to that similar commandment: “This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12 In this lesson we will look at the old commandment which was made new.
Sun, May 10, 2015
Sacrificing Your Only Child! I would probably have flunked this test of faith. How about you? Sacrifice my only child as an offering to God? Unthinkable! First, Abraham’s faith led him to go to an unknown land, trusting in God for guidance and security. Then, “sacrifice your own son!” Deeply rooted faith demands that we give up many comforts and desires and the luxury of “doing what I want to do.” It challenges us on every hand. In this lesson we will look at the application of faith, trust, and confidence in God as we consider: “Abraham: A Test of Faith” Take your son, your only son, Isaac whom you love . . . sacrifice him there as a burnt offering. Genesis 22:2
Sun, May 10, 2015
Passage: 1 John 1:5-7
Physical fitness is essential, so we walk, work out, and eat good food. How about our spiritual health? “Enoch walked with God and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24
Sun, May 03, 2015
There are times when little children teach us a great deal about ourselves and about God. The little child in the picture has absolute trust in a father’s love, not thinking of the risk, but thinking only of the love, the strength, and the dependability of the father. As we look at the faith of Abraham we see the same dynamics. God called him to leave his home, his kindred, and his friends, “and go to a land I will show you.” The writer of Hebrews tells us that he went, “even though he did not know where he was going.” Heb. 11:8 This is what it means to follow the faith of Abraham.
Sun, May 03, 2015
Duration: 29 mins 13 secs
The Roman Soldier depended on the protection of his armor and his own skilled in using his equipment. His life depended on it. Paul tells us that every Christian is a soldier in the army of God. We must go into the battle against the forces of evil, well trained to use God’s armor, ready to meet the soldiers of Satan. The Christian life is the battle of right against wrong – God’s soldiers vs. the soldiers of the evil one. How well equipped are we? How vigorously are we using our equipment?
Sun, Apr 26, 2015
Passage: 2 Peter 2:5
Poor Noah! Noah stands at the head of the list of history’s most unsuccessful preachers! He worked for about 150 years and only converted his own family – his wife, his three sons, and their wives! No large cheering crowds, no TV spectaculars, no popularity – just a servant of God doing his best to warn his contemporaries of the doom about to come upon them – but nobody listened. By contemporary standards in measuring “successful preachers” Noah stands at the top of the list of failures. By the way, most of Jesus’ contemporaries considered him to be a very unsuccessful religious reformer. This lesson will look at the Biblical standard of preachers and their work – both ancient and contemporary.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015
Husbands, Wives, and Children One of the most misunderstood passages in the New Testament is Ephesians 5:21-33. It’s about husbands and wives. In the minds of some people, the headship of the husband means “he’s the boss” and the submission of the wife means “she’s the servant.” Or, he is “superior” she is “inferior.” Not So!! Misinterpretation, lack of consideration of the context, and failure to investigate the meaning of the words has led to such false conclusions. What is Paul’s message to husbands, wives, and children? What are the Biblical obligations of members of the family?
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