Denny Burk

Denny Burk

Professor of Biblical Studies; Director of The Center for Gospel and Culture

B.A. Louisiana Tech University; Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Burk joined the faculty of Boyce College and Southern Seminary in 2008. He serves as the director of the Center for Gospel and Culture. Burk writes frequently on biblical and theological topics. He is the author of a book on sexual ethics titled What Is the Meaning of Sex? as well as a book on Greek grammar entitled Articular Infinitives in the Greek of the New Testament. He has written articles that have appeared in the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Tyndale Bulletin, Bulletin for Biblical Research, and the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.


Transforming Homosexuality
Faithful Christians today agree that the Bible forbids homosexual behavior. But when it comes to underlying desires, the jury is out. Some Christians view homosexual desire as morally neutral, while others believe it calls for repentance and gospel renewal. Heath Lambert and Denny Burk argue for the latter view in this book.

What Is the Meaning of Sex?
This book argues that God’s glory is the ultimate purpose of sex and that all sexual morality must be measured by its ability to achieve that end. This book applies that thesis to a range of issues: the definition of marriage, homosexuality, singleness, divorce, pornography, and much more.

Articular Infinitives in the Greek of the New Testament
This book is a technical study on a particular point of Greek Grammar, the articular infinitive. It was published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in May 2006. Sheffield Phoenix Press is located in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield in England.


“Is Homosexual Orientation Sinful?,” The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 58, no. 1 (March 2015): 95-115.

“Training Our Kids in a Transgender World” in Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood, ed. Owen Strachan and Jonathan Parnell, pp. 87-102 (Minneapolis, MN: Desiring God, 2014).

“Suppressing the Truth in Unrighteousness: Matthew Vines Takes on the New Testament” in God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines, ed. R. Albert Mohler, pp. 43-57 (Louisville, KY: SBTS Press, 2014).

“Evangelism and Church Discipline” in A Guide to Evangelism, ed. Dan DeWitt, pp. 28-33 (Louisville, KY: SBTS Press, 2013). 

“The Righteousness of God (Dikaiosune Theou) and Verbal Genitives.” The Journal for the Study of the New Testament 34.4 (2012): 346-60.

“Christ’s Functional Subordination in Philippians 2:6: A Grammatical Note with Trinitarian Implications” in The New Evangelical Subordinationism? Perspectives on the Equality of God the Father and God the Son, ed. H. Wayne House and Dennis Jowers (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2012), 82-107.

“How Do We Speak about Homosexuality?” The Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood 17.1 (2012): 31-37.

“Revising Hell into the Heterodox Mainstream.” The Sword and Trumpet 79.8 (2011): 19-25.

“The Translation of Gender Terminology in the NIV 2011” Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 16.1 (2011): 17-33.

“Does the Church Know Her Commission?” Tabletalk (February 2011).

“Gender Confusion and a Gospel-Shaped Counter-Culture” in Don’t Call it a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day, ed. Kevin DeYoung. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011. 

“Why Evangelicals Should Not Heed Brian McLaren: How the New Testament Requires Evangelicals to Render a Judgment on the Moral Status of Homosexuality.” Themelios 35.2 (2010): 212-26.

“The SBJT Forum” with C. Ben Mitchell, Mark T. Coppenger, Chad O. Brand, and Stephen Wellum. The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 13.2 (2009): 68-78.

“Is Paul’s Gospel Counterimperial? Evaluating the Prospects of the ‘Fresh Perspective’ for Evangelical Theology.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 51 (2008): 309-37.

“Discerning Corinthian Slogans through Paul’s Use of the Diatribe in 1 Corinthians 6.12-20.” Bulletin for Biblical Research 18.1 (2008): 99-121.

“The SBJT Forum” with D. A. Carson, Barry Joslin, and Everett Berry. The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 12 (2008): 104-13.

“Evangelicalism Today” a forum with Russell Moore, John Franke, Darryl Hart, Michael Horton, and David Lyle Jeffrey. Touchstone (November 2007).

“Inerrancy Is Not Enough: A Proposal To Amend the Doctrinal Basis of the Evangelical Theological Society” with Ray Van Neste. Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 5, no. 1 (2007): 69-80.

“Younger Evangelicals and Women in Ministry: A Sketch of the Spectrum of Opinion” with Jim Hamilton. Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 12.2 (2007): 26-40.

“Is Inerrancy Sufficient? A Plea to Biblical Scholars concerning the Authority and Sufficiency of Scripture.” Southwestern Journal of Theology 50.1 (2007): 76-91.

“On the Articular Infinitive in Philippians 2:6: A Grammatical Note with Christological Implications.” Tyndale Bulletin 55 (2004): 253-74.

Book Reviews

Review of Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship, and Life Together, by Mark and Grace Driscoll, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 16.1 (2012): 72-79.

Review of God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation (2nd ed.), by Andreas J. Köstenberger and David W. Jones, Themelios 37.1 (2012): 143-45.

Review of The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It), by Thom Stark, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 15.3 (2011): 83-86.

Review of Christ and Caesar: The Gospel and the Roman Empire in the Writings of Paul and Luke, by Seyoon Kim, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 52 (2009): 615-18.

Review of The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views, ed. James Beilby and Paul R. Eddy, Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 5, no. 1 (2007): 119-121.

Review of God’s Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old & New Testaments, by James M. Hamilton, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50 (2007): 417-19.

Review of Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness: Paul’s Theology of Imputation, by Brian Vickers, Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 4, no. 2 (2007): 117-19.

Review of BibleWorks 7: Software for Biblical Exegesis and Research, in Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 4, no. 2 (2007): 128.

“Much Ado About Typos.” Touchstone Magazine, vol. 19, issue 10 (December 2006): 42-43. Review of Misquoting Jesus, by Bart Ehrman.

Review of The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture, by N. T. Wright, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 49 (2006): 622-25.

Review of Paul: In Fresh Perspective, by N. T. Wright, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 10 (2006): 83-84.

Review of Where Is Boasting: Early Jewish Soteriology and Paul’s Response in Romans 1-5, by Simon J. Gathercole, Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 3, no. 2 (Spring 2006): 104-105.

Review of Choosing a Bible: Understanding Bible Translation Differences, by Leland Ryken, Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 3, no. 2 (Spring 2006): 117-118.

Review of Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications, by D. A. Carson, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology Vol. 2, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 88-89.

Review of Making Sense of the New Testament: Three Crucial Questions, by Craig L. Blomberg, Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 3, no. 1, (Fall 2005): 104-106.

Review of Justification—What’s at Stake in the Current Debates, ed. Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier, Criswell Theological Review NS Vol. 2, no. 2 (Spring 2005):113-116.

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