Calvin Burrell

Why Does God Allow Suffering

What roles do natural disasters, tragic accidents, plagues like COVID-19, and other human sufferings play in God’s will or plan?    Scripture offers no single, simple solution to this question. Consider these oft-heard answers, open your Bible, and see how they stack up against the Word.  Human suffering demonstrates God’s wrath and punishment for sin. […]

Is the Sabbath a “shadow”?

Is the Sabbath a “shadow”? A recent BA article said it was. A shadow is a shaded image cast by light rays striking a body or object. In biblical study, the words type and shadow can refer to a person, event, or item that serves as a pattern, preview, or lesser image of a later, […]

All In!

Any short list of the Bible’s great texts should include the creation account in Genesis 1, the Twenty-Third Psalm, John 3:16, and the Love Chapter of 1 Corinthians 13. Expanding our list to the five or ten greatest texts, would we add Christ’s Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer? Probably. His great commandments to love God and […]

I should be reconciled with a brother, but I’m not sure how to do it.

I’m feeling convicted that I should be reconciled with a brother in church, but I’m not sure how to do it. Will you advise me?   Your situation sounds like it’s about two Christ-followers who have become distant due to personal offense, conflicts, or misunderstandings as spoken of in Matthew 5:22-26; Ephesians 4:31, 32; and […]

Are souls immortal?

Does the appearance of Moses and Elijah with Christ in glory on the Mount of Transfiguration, long after their natural deaths, prove the immortality of the soul? The immortal soul doctrine many Christians believe is that all people are born with an internal, spiritual component (or soul) that cannot die, but departs the body at […]

What about common-law marriage?

Is a religious service or legal certificate necessary for a couple to be truly married in God’s sight? What about common-law marriage? Marriage is not the invention of men, nor is it under the authority of human governments. The Bible lays down the essential elements of marriage, declaring it an institution of God from the […]

Why does our Statement of Faith (#10) repeat “As a result — not a cause — of redemption, believers should. . . .”

Why does our Statement of Faith (#10) on Christian Living in This We Believe keep repeating “As a result — not a cause — of redemption, believers should. . . .“ Doesn’t this water down the importance of obedience?   With you (the questioner), the Church of God affirms the high value Scripture places on […]

Paul said to follow him as he followed Christ. Why not just follow Jesus directly?

Paul told the Corinthians to follow (“imitate,” NKJV) him as he followed Christ (1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1). Why not just follow Jesus directly, instead? Why follow Paul?    You may be assured that Christians do not follow Paul in the same sense that we follow Christ. In the ultimate sense, we have only one Teacher-Rabbi-Leader […]

I think my family is addicted to their smartphones. How should I address this problem?

I think my family is addicted to their smartphones. How should I address this problem?   Electronic devices are addictive and damaging to people when their use becomes a way of avoiding people; you hold them in one hand and drive with the other;  their use means that you are often inattentive to others; you […]

Does God care what we put in our mouths? Aren’t the unclean laws old covenant?

I can’t believe God really cares about what we put in our mouths. Aren’t the unclean meat laws so old covenant?   The Bible is a big book with many pieces of truth. As we study to fit its various pieces dealing with food into a harmonious whole, we avoid over emphasizing one truth-piece while […]