In October 2008 he led an entire service in his church, including presenting a sermon entitled "Change the World Today" and in November he presented a sermon called "Six Degrees of Separation". Since then he has presented "What I Did on My Summer Vacation (Lessons Travel Can Teach)" (September, 2009), "The Word Gets Around ... OR What Do We Believe?" (April, 2010), "We Are All One Family" (June, 2010), "Making the Ordinary Extraordinary" (January, 2011), "Think Small" (July, 2011), "Prepare the Way of the Lord" and "Fear Not" (December, 2013), "Shut Up and Listen" (August 2014), "Working for the Kingdom" (September 2015), and "All God's Creatures Got a Place in the Choir" (April 2016)
The school he teaches at, Bishop Garrigan High School, is affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City. Through the school Mr. Burrow has also become active with the Roman Catholic Church. Though he is not a member, he has helped to prepare school liturgies and he has read scripture and prayers at mass. He finds the Catholic liturgy especially reverent and meaningful; and he has attended mass while traveling in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Virginia, Alaska, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. He has also attended a variety of Protestant church services away from home in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, New Mexico, Colorado, Michigan, New Jersey, and British Columbia.
It is probably his Methodist background that makes Mr. Burrow love hymns and religious music. He especially enjoys the resounding old British hymns with their precise words and hearty melodies. These are, of course, the very songs upon which much of the Methodist tradition is based. Mr. Burrow also likes newer offerings, such as the Catholic hymns by the St. Louis Jesuits. In keeping with his liberal religious beliefs, gospel is his least favorite style of religious music, but occasionally he can even enjoy hymns of that genre. Mr. Burrow especially enjoys religious music while driving. He keeps an old Methodist hymnal and a Catholic missalette in his car. On long trips, singing hymns aloud helps to pass the time.
Mr. Burrow enjoys writing prayers, both for his own devotion and for public presentation. Many times he has written prayers of the faithful for school masses, and he has also prepared numerous daily devotions. In December, 1997, he presented the main message at BGHS' Christmas prayer service, relating his experiences when his father died at Christmas fourteen years earlier.
Mr. Burrow is offended by those who believe there is only one route to heaven--theirs. He is willing to respect their views, and it bothers him when they are not willing to respect his. It bothers and saddens him when large numbers of people support or oppose political candidates based on one or two supposedly "Christian" issues. Some people, for instance feel a politician's views on abortion are the only views that matter. Mr. Burrow believes in protecting life, but he believes life after birth is at least as precious as life in the womb. To him candidates who oppose war, support gun control, disavow capital punishment, protect the environment, and work to end poverty are more actively "pro-life" than those who care only about ending abortion.
The national UCC has recently aired advertisements stressing the church's inclusive nature and noting that other churches are far less welcoming. It both amused and angered Mr. Burrow when CBS and NBC found these innocuous ads "controversial" and saw fit to ban them. It would hardly seem that anything could be LESS controversial than encouraging people to attend a church where they can feel at home.
In 2010 the Pew Forum's poll on religious knowledge was much in the news. Reporters made much of the fact that atheists and agnostics appeared to have more religious knowledge than Protestants or Catholics. After reading on his brother's blog that there was an online version of this, Mr. Burrow took the quiz. He was proud to score 100% on this, even though there was one question that came down to an intelligent guess. (The results of his quiz are here.) Mr. Burrow believes it is important to know about other religions so we can fully understand what is important about our own. He also strongly believes that God speaks to different people in different ways, and there is no single "right" way to heaven.
As the Book of James says, "faith without works is dead". Mr. Burrow believes that being a good person and helping other people are far more important than just "believing" or attending church. Service has been important to him throughout his life, and it is probably the number one reason he chose teaching as a career. He contributes to many charities and helps other people directly whenever he can.
First Congregational United Church of Christ -- Algona, Iowa
David Burrow played Judas in a church production of The Last Supper Tableau
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"Change the World Today" (text of sermon delivered October 26, 2008)
"Change the World Today" (.mp3 audio of sermon)
"Six Degrees of Separation" (text of sermon delivered November 30, 2008)
"Six Degrees of Separation" (.mp3 audio of sermon)
"What I Did on My Summer Vacation (Lessons Travel Can Teach)" (text of sermon delivered September 20, 2009)
"What I Did on My Summer Vacation (Lessons Travel Can Teach)" (.mp3 audio of sermon)
"The Word Gets Around ... OR What Do We Believe?" (text of sermon delivered April 18, 2010)
"The Word Gets Around ... OR What Do We Believe?" (.mp3 audio of sermon)
"We Are All One Family" (text of sermon delivered June 20,2010)
"We Are All One Family" (.mp3 audio of sermon)
"Making the Ordinary Extraordinary - A Blueprint for Happiness" (text of sermon delivered January 30, 2011)
"Making the Ordinary Extraordinary - A Blueprint for Happiness" (.mp3 audio of sermon)
"Think Small" (text of sermon delivered July 24, 2011)
"Think Small" (.mp3 audio of sermon)
"Prepare the Way of the Lord" (text of sermon delivered December 1, 2013)
"Prepare the Way of the Lord" (.mp3 audio of sermon)
"Fear Not" (text of sermon delivered December 8, 2013)
"Fear Not" (.mp3 audio of sermon)
"Shut Up and Listen" (text of sermon delivered August 10, 2014)
"Shut Up and Listen" (.mp3 audio of sermon)
"Working for the Kingdom" (text of sermon delivered September 6, 2015)
"Working for the Kingdom" (.mp3 audio of sermon)
"All God's Creatures Got a Place in the Choir" (text of sermon delivered April 17, 2016)
"All God's Creatures Got a Place in the Choir" (.mp3 audio of sermon)
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