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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, Apr 19, 2015
Everything was going along fine in the Garden of Eden until --! Why would Adam and Eve have even thought of violating God’s directive when the Lord had blessed them so greatly? Sin has a way of enticing mankind in the most attractive – and deceitful – ways. “Just once,” “No one will know,” “Everybody does it,” “It will bring fun and happiness,” etc. These and many more are among the contemporary attractions which Satan places before us. The tragic consequences of sin are seldom considered in our world. The deceit which entrapped Adam and Eve is the same as the deceit which entraps us. It was not the physical attraction of the “apple” which created the downfall. It was a much more important and profound principle. In this lesson we will explore some often overlook elements in this familiar but tragic story.
Sun, Apr 19, 2015
Duration: 28 mins 49 secs
Just as children imitate their parents, so Christians are called on to imitate God. As boys and girls grow up they go through stages of imitating. Boys imitate fathers and girls imitate mothers. They try to wear parent’s shoes, talk like parents, and entertain the desire to “grow up and be like mom” or “grow up and be like dad.” Paul gives excellent insights for children and adults as well. “Be imitators of God” The Christian life is a life of imitation. In this lesson we will look at a few keys to the life of joy as we accept the challenge of becoming “Imitators of God”
Sun, Apr 12, 2015
The Bible gives very little information on the creation of the universe, but that is the secret of its wonder and beauty. We could neither comprehend nor describe its magnitude or process. What the Bible does tell us about the creation is profound and wonderful but it is expressed in a simple statement, – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” From ancient times until today, men have tried to figure it out and many theories have been offered through the centuries. In this lesson want to look, not at the scientific theories or try to explain the inexplicable, but to engage the message of its existence and the power and love of the Creator.
Sun, Apr 12, 2015
Duration: 33 secs
Sun, Apr 05, 2015
Sun, Mar 29, 2015
The founding of the Colossian church is not mentioned anywhere in the New Testament. But Paul’s letter to that church show that he had a close acquaintance with its members and their problems as well as some of the false teaching which had crept into the church. The short personal letter which Paul wrote to Philemon – a Christian man in the Colossian church – tells us about Onesimus Philemon’s runaway slave. He had fled to Rome where he encountered Paul and he became a Christian. In this lesson we will learn more about the Colossian church and this very interesting story of Onesimus, the
Sun, Mar 22, 2015
The Book of Galatians has been called “Paul’s Epistle on Freedom.” There are interesting things coming out of the background, religious beliefs, and ethical-moral problems in the churches of Galatia. Interestingly, these churches were located in the southern part of modern day Turkey, a country very much in the news today. We will look at a good number of things which will throw new light on the Bible text as you read this important New Testament book.
Sun, Mar 22, 2015
Duration: 26 mins 17 secs
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
When we reach out to God he provides the spiritual strength we need. He fulfills his promise to his beloved children. In this lesson we will investigate this promise.
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