Calvin Burrell

How Do You Understand John 1:1?

How do you understand John 1:1? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Linked as it is with John’s prologue (1:1-18) and the full fourth Gospel, this verse reveals timeless truths and endless insights beyond what we can fully grasp, but that doesn’t keep us […]

What does it mean to be an evangelical Christian?

We often hear fellow believers referred to as evangelicals. What does it mean to be an evangelical Christian?     Because of the recent popularity and disparity-diversity of the term evangelical, we’ll explore it from biblical, popular or political, and ecclesiastical perspectives.     Evangelical is one of a family of words (evangel, evangelism, evangelistic, etc.) that are all […]

10 Ways to Take in the Word

Christians are people of the Book where “Thus saith the Lord” and “It is written” are found throughout. God’s Word began with the cosmic, creative speaking of the Father, came to earth in the Living Word that is the Son, and was inspired as the written Word of the Bible by the Spirit — one […]

Is the birth or resurrection of Jesus most important?

Which is more important: Jesus’ birth or His resurrection, and why?  I like your question. It pushes us to think great thoughts and face great questions, like “Who is God? Who is Jesus? What did He/they do? How should we respond?”  Jesus Christ’s time on earth began and ended with incomparable events. At the first, God’s […]

Has the church replaced Israel in the promises of God?  

Has the church replaced Israel in the promises of God?   This important question requires more space than we usually dedicate to a Q&A, so we’re taking two pages to address it. The question probes an obvious difference between the Bible’s testaments: the Old is mostly about God’s people, the children of Israel, while Jesus Christ […]

How should we view 1 John 3:17, 18?

How should we view 1 John 3:17, 18 and try to obey it? “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in […]

Do Christians Lose Salvation When They Sin?

Do Christians lose salvation when they sin? We do not lose our salvation by sinning. If we did, none of us could remain saved very long. More than a few scriptures affirm the reality of sin’s presence in us all — all our earthly lives (1 Kings 8:46; Psalm 53:3; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23). The […]

Does the Bible command anyone to have a wedding?

Does the Bible command anyone to have a wedding or tell us what to do at such an event? It is true that the Bible contains no specific command requiring persons to participate in a public ceremony like a wedding in order to become husband and wife. It is also true that the Bible contains narratives […]

Rise Up and Rebuild

In the Bible, there’s a whole lot of building going on. Noah built an ark for animals and humans to escape the Flood. People in Babylon built a tower toward heaven. Well, they tried. Moses supervised construction of a portable tabernacle in the desert, using skilled, Spirit-filled craftsmen named Bezalel and Aholiab. Some of you […]

What happens during the millennium?

What happens during the millennium? I’m confused. Please help.  Your clearly stated question is one that might be asked by many earnest Bible students. Our shorthand reply aims to anchor the one thousand-year reign of Christ — the millennium — in several Bible texts that offer broad answers. Our first and last texts are bookends […]