Author: Ryan Burns

Running With the Apostle John

Chris DeRoco, a pastor at Redemption Hill, in his sermon on 1 John 4:7-12 made reference to a story about the Apostle John in which the Apostle runs after a wayward disciple. In an online forum, a friend asked where the reference was from. I couldn’t find it in google books, so I’ve copied the excerpt from my Logos library and posted it here for him (and anyone else interested). It is such an inspiring story of discipleship, redemption, and the grace of God. I hope you are encouraged as you read. Narrative concerning John the Apostle (Eusebius, Church History III,...

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Jesus Died – Good!

The term “Good Friday” seems like such a paradox. Whether you’re a Christian or not, the brutal torture and execution of a man on a Roman cross is far from anyone’s definition of a “good” Friday. At best, we might be able to come to the conclusion that such an end to a man may be good if, indeed, the man was on the level of a Hitler or something. But, by most accounts, Jesus was actually a pretty nice guy. Many people liked him and wanted him to come to their parties. People came by the thousands to...

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WordPress Hacked – Easy Fix

I had a WordPress site hacked today, and was able to get it fixed and live in less than 5 minutes. Really, it was nothing short of amazing! The reality is that I’ve had numerous WordPress sites hacked over the years. I do the best I can to follow the majority of “best practices” for keeping a WordPress site hacker proof, but it always seems to happen eventually. In the past, I’d either kill the site entirely (if it wasn’t important) or I’d spend HOURS upon painful HOURS tracking down the wretched code and bringing the site back to...

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What is it like to be a Living Kidney Donor?

On November 9th, 2011, I donated a kidney to a friend. As the days following the surgery progress, I found myself forgetting some of the details of my experience and decided to record them here both as a reminder to myself and, hopefully, as a resource to anyone who is considering being a living kidney donor. I have written elsewhere about my decision to donate a kidney, and even shot some videos with the my pastor at my church in Richmond. This post will deal with the few days leading up to the donation and a few weeks after. It...

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Church Audit Guide

As the director of operations for a young (4 years old today) mid-sized church, one of my goals in 2011 was to position our church’s financial structure and systems in such a way that we could successfully conduct our first internal financial audit in 2012. The goal behind the goal is to be in a position to apply for ECFA membership. Now that 2011 is over, I’m taking the steps to put together our audit team. While doing this, I found several audit guides that were helpful. For your benefit, I’ve included them here with some highlights of what...

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