Spencer Burke

Still Making Sense of Church: An Interview with Spencer Burke

There once were churches. Then Denominational Churches. Mainline Churches. Traditional Churches. Evangelical Churches. House Churches. After that Seeker-Sensitive Churches. Traditional Churches. Mainline Churches. Seeker-Friendly Churches. Purpose-Driven Churches. Emerging Churches. Missional Churches. Gospel-Centered Churches. Read More

Mentors- Get Some: 1 of 20 Looking Back, Looking Ahead Part 2

Philip Brooks wrote that preaching is, “truth conveyed through personality.” Yet, most young preaches are scared of who they are so attempt to emulate another. Who was my choice in those days? W.A. Criswell. Read More

Friday Photo – Bridge Peace

A number of people contributed to and continue to inspire my interest in and love of photography. Spencer Burke is known for many things. Former Teaching Pastor at Mariner’s Church. Elder at Rock Harbor. Founder of theooze.com. Creator of Soularize Learning Party. Church planter. Author. Kindling for a host of projects. Friend. Not many know of his skill as a professional photographer. At least those who don’t know him well.

The original artwork for the book cover of Chuck Colson’s autobiography, Born Again, was based on a photo taken by Spencer. One of his recent projects is “Monotation.” Consider it iphoneography meets meditation.

One sunny October Spencer led a group of would-be photographers around an encampment offering tips taken from his time spent teaching photography in college back in the day. Some of the first photographs Spencer showed me were “graffiti” shots. Bridges. Walls. I have one of those original pieces received as a gift.

Last month while shooting around S.E. Oklahoma, Charlie and I stopped to photograph a railway bridge. Read More

Art, the Image of God, and Bill Mallonee

A couple of weeks ago I helped remember a gentleman in our church. He was quite the musician. His son remembered calling his Dad’s house to see how he and his Mom were doing and he could hardly hear of the Bluegrass being played in the background.

One of the oft perplexing questions turns on what it means to be made “in the image of God.” One of the emphases coming out of the Enlightenment was human rationality. Reason became the “mark” of distinction between humans and all other creation. Though we may resemble an illustration of Pavlov’s Dog – witness an Apple announcement of a new iPhone and sales and new contracts set records.

Thinking of Smitty and how to celebrate his life, I could not help but think that human creativity surely derives from a creative Creator. Read More