My name is Todd Burus. I live in Gainesville, FL and am a member at North Central Baptist Church. I grew up in Lexington, KY and attended Porter Memorial Baptist Church there. I am married to an amazingly patient woman and we have a daughter who is 7 years old. I hold degree’s in Mathematics and Linguistics from the University of Kentucky and am currently preparing to enter The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary this fall for training as a church planter and pastor.  I also write for the websites SBC Voices and Waging War Daily.

I can be contacted through email at or through my profile on Facebook.

Below are several postings I made awhile back as an extended testimony of the ways in which God has shown up and worked in my life. They are fairly personal, but I would like to share them with you just as an offering of my life and the power and glory of God in transforming me.

9 Responses to “Author”

  1. Jim Tingler Says:

    Hey man. I was checking the math website and was checking out your link. Nice. A lot of interesting stuff. Hope you have a good day.

    From NCBC

  2. mikerucker Says:

    well … i have met the enemy and he is you… :)

    just kidding … sorta.

    i am interested in reading the LP stuff, if only because my life has been an endless picture of that, but the Jesus i believe in never spit me out of his mouth. but i’m encouraged by your proposed solution, and would enjoy an exchange of ideas over time, perhaps discussing some of these “fleshly sins” that we’ve all battled with and how you’ve come to master them.

    i have the same left-brain curse you do – Georgia Tech graduate twenty-five years ago, IT career, but also a seminary degree and a lot of “recovering baptist” issues… :)

    best of luck with the doctoral studies.

    mike rucker
    fairburn, georgia, usa

  3. Pastor Kip Says:


    Just visited your site after reading your comments on Out of Ur. I commented there recently on the whole Rob Bell “Jesus Wants to Save Christians” thing. It looks like we share a common view of things and I just wanted to encourage you.

    Good to see a good work going on down there in the Pan Handle. The only thing I’ve heard coming out of Florida lately is that whole Todd Bentley debacle coming out of Lakeland :)

    God bless you and yours . . .

  4. Chris Says:

    I noticed that you have posted the audio files of the John 3:16 conference on your website. I hate to inform you but your tech guy is wrong. It is illegal to post any material for distribution that you have no received expressed consent for. In this case you would need to contact Jerry Vines Ministries first since they were the ones hosting the conference. If they say no then that is the end of it. If they say yes, then it would be your responsibility to contact the individual speakers unless Jerry Vines Ministries clearly states that they are the copyright owners of the material. Many of the speakers are also published authors with publishing deals. Many of them have restrictions on what can be recorded and their publishing company retains rights to everything that write or present orally. I have seen many people be sued for duplicating a message from a published author without permission.

    Concerts are not required to state any copyright prohibition upfront. Many do to discourage people from recording the material and illegally distributing it.

    In case you are wondering who I am, I am the individual that was brought in to handle the recording for Jerry Vines Ministries. I have no personal gain in posting this message, and Jerry Vines Ministries does have legal ground to prohibit you from posting this and could pursue damages if they so choose. I would pray that it would not come to that since we as Christian are to remain above reproach and do what is right before God and our fellow brothers.



  5. Jeff Straub Says:


    I wonder if you really want to be as sarcastic and harsh as your reponse to me was as a future minister of the grace of God. You know nothing about me or my worldview. On the other hand, Mark Driscoll has made his views public. Some are grieved because he is worldly. A rant? Well . . . You might consider a little charity to an unknown brother.

  6. Todd Burus Says:

    Brother Jeff,
    Thank you for your comment. I am sorry if what I said was received as a harsh and sarcastic attack on you. My intentions were for it to parody your words but to be applied broadly to all who have shared in speaking out in the manner which you did here against Driscoll. My comment was not intended to accuse you personally of ranting but was to encompass the whole of one side of this argument in SBC life (a side most exemplified by Peter Lumpkins’ recent posts on Driscoll).

    That said, my take on your specific comments was that they were short-sighted, ill-informed, and more of the same from a portion of the convention which is becoming increasingly dissociated from the future generation of orthodox Christianity in this country and the world. I immediately sense a response of “We can’t let the world compromise our values” from people who share your feelings against Driscoll, whether this is your reaction to my statement I’m not sure, but the thing I would want to say is that pound-for-pound oneu would have a hard time showing that anyone is more faithful to the text of Scripture than Driscoll. (By saying this I mean to compare him to men like Paige Patterson, Jerry Vines, and Johnny Hunt, to name a few.) Now, you may disagree with his style, which many are vocal in doing, but please don’t conflate this with his message. Let’s not be too hasty in making pronouncements on how “worldly” he is, particularly in light of the three messages he brought at Southeastern this weekend.

    You speak of charity, but where is the charity for a man who is seeing as many lives transformed through his ministry as any pastor in America? And where is the charity for Danny Akin, a man who I think is probably the most insightful and far-seeing leader in the SBC today (save Al Mohler, maybe), who has enough integrity to stand up to the sacred cows in the convention and say “This man is solid and if I’m going to reach young people, I’m siding with him to do it”?

    We may toss around words like “charity” and “worldliness,” but I think all too often those are peppered with our own biases and perverted by the lens through which we view Scripture. I would caution you to be careful in doing this and I will make sure to be careful in making comments which appear as personal attacks when I did not mean them to.

  7. Dr. James Willingham Says:

    Dear Todd: Best wishes on getting your seminary training. God grant you a long and fruitful ministry for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. And remember this: All of the doctrines of grace ARE INVITATIONS TO TRUST THE lORD JESUS CHRIST FOR SALVATION. I stumbled on that fact in 1972-73 while working on my M.Div at SEBTS. It was in a book, in the introduction to William Ames, Marrow of Divinity. The translator, Dr. John D. Eusden, state, “Predestination is an invitation to begin one’s spiritual pilgrimage.” A light came on and that moved me to preach a sermon in preaching class for Dr. Theodore Adams on the subject, “The Hardest Text in the Bible.” Roms. 9:13. It is a invitation to be saved. We are invited to receive God who does not think like we do (It is written), who does not love like we do (Jacob have I loved), and who does not act like we do (Esau have I hated). The hardest part is loving Jacob. How could God love him or me or any sinner? As to Esau: How did God treat him? John Gill said, “God treats the wicked so well, that no one in his right mind could condemn God for sending them to hell.” Esau is the one man we know who had more than enough of. He said I have enough, and Jacob pressed more on him and he took it. Hence, more than enough of. Go has a great sense of humor in His love, and His hate is better than man’s best love. Paradoxical? I think so. Espcially as God seems to contradict Himself by saving reprobates, contrary to what seems demanded. The woman in Mt.15:21-28m took his words about her being a reprobate (dogs) as an invitation to argue with Him and win salvation. O by the way. Jesus gave her an invitation to worship by telling her that He was not sent to her but to the Lost sheep of the House of Israel. She being a gentile dog to whom He was not sent thought that was a great opportunity to woship. I still think God has an even greater sense of humor than we can posible imagine, and yet he is solemnly serious beyond words. Every one might learn a lot from the logotherapists and others who make use of paradoxes in their counseling. God bless.

  8. Carl Gobelman Says:

    God’s blessings on your time in seminary! I too am getting ready to go to seminary.

  9. Michael Morris Says:

    I just had the opportunity to read some of your responses on a blog entry at…

    …and wanted to share with you how much I appreciated your lucid contributions. As I further explore and am grounded in the reformed faith, I always appreciate reading the thoughts of those who have an apparent gift for expressing concepts which are difficult to get your brain around sometimes.

    Thank you,


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