Author: Ryan Burns

31 Great Questions to Start Your New Year Asking

Life is busy. We all (well, at least I) have the tendency to rush through each day trying to accomplish as much as humanly possible. A day turns into a week. A week turns into a month. Then *blink* it is Christmas again. All the while, much of what we do is simply rote repetition: wash, rinse, repeat. Below is a simple guide that I have found helpful in my life. It was written by Don Whitney and he graciously gave me permission to reprint it here. Ten Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year or...

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Are You Kidneying Me?

On November 9th, 2011, I am giving away a kidney. The left one to be precise. Seriously. The journey to this point has been a long one. For the recipient of my kidney, the story is even longer. Ryan (that’s his name) has a rare disease in which his body attacks his kidney. In his early 30s (like me), Ryan currently lives with about 5% kidney function and has nightly dialysis in order to remove the toxins in his body. He’s a young guy, loves Jesus, works to protect abused and neglected kids at the Washington State Department of...

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Calvin Robert Burns

On July 4, 2011, we welcomed the newest member of the Burns family, Calvin Robert. For those wondering about his name, I thought I’d share a little about where it comes from. To begin with, Robert is a family name. Both Jenn’s father and grandfather are “Robert.” Her dad was the only boy out of 5 kids and he went on to have 3 girls of his own. From his 3 girls he now has 5 granddaughters and, until Calvin, only 1 grandson. That’s a lot of ladies. As a way to honor Jenn’s father and grandfather (both great...

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What should a pastor do?

The other day, Desiring God tweeted a quote from John Owen about the principal duty of a pastor. The tweet alone was challenging. I decided to pull the full Owen quote up in context. It is indeed more challenging than the tweet version. The first and principal duty of a pastor is to feed the flock by diligent preaching of the word. It is a promise relating to the new testament, that God would give unto his church “pastors according to his own heart, which should feed them with knowledge and understanding,” Jer. 3:15. This is by teaching or...

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My Good Friday Confession

Good Friday seems like a good time for confession. So, here it is: The last several weeks I have worked (hard) to try and pull off something our church has never done before–have two Sunday morning services. Currently, we have about 400+/- people show up for our regular Sunday service. With Easter we decided to have two services to accommodate the anticipated number of guest that will be joining us. The preparation for this has been pretty big (I’ll spare you the details) and I’ve been hoping and planning for us to see 600-800 people join us on Easter...

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