Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Pastor Burkey appreciates the wrestling

Christ Lutheran Church: “Developing dynamic disciples for Christ.”

Richard Burkey: “They see [God] as an old grandfather who you come up to when you need something.”
Richard Burkey: “They see [God] as an old grandfather who you come up to when you need something.”
Place

Christ Lutheran Church, La Mesa

7929 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa

Membership: 1000

Pastor: Richard Burkey

Age: 56

Born: Chicago

Formation: Concordia College, Austin, TX; Concordia College, River Forest, IL; Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

Years Ordained: 31

San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermon?

Pastor Richard Burkey: It’s almost like a birthing process. I’m always working on it and have it at the back of my mind. But I sit down on a specific one and it’s anywhere from 8 to 20 hours. Some weeks the Spirit moves and some weeks the Spirit says you need to wrestle with this a little bit longer, grow and develop.

SDR: What’s your favorite subject on which to preach?

PB: God’s purpose for people’s lives. It’s general enough to talk about what Jesus can do for you and specific enough to realize that God is at work in our lives. God put us all here for a purpose, and it’s interesting to see how life works out that way. We think the things that happen are coincidences and we look back and realize that God was intentionally working there in our lives.

SDR: What’s your main concern as a member of the clergy?

PB: People are growing in their distance from God. They see him as an old grandfather who you come up to when you need something, and they miss the beauty and power of his presence at work in their lives. Purpose is my big thing; they miss God’s purpose for their lives. We think we know best and if we’re wise we look to God and see that he knows best.

SDR: Why Lutheran?

PB: When I was in college it got confirmed for me. I appreciate the Lutheran emphasis on grace and that we build our faith on God’s word alone. I appreciate the wrestling we do with issues with the word and with the Holy Spirit. I appreciate that God calls us to do great things and that happens by God’s gracious power at work in us. We didn’t have to earn it but we sure are invited to express and experience God’s love.

SDR: What’s the mission of your church?

PB: Our tagline is “Developing dynamic disciples for Christ.” So, we try to create environments where people meet with God and the Holy Spirit shows up.

SDR: Where is the strangest place you found God?

PB: Typically when I least expect him to be there. I know God is always there but he just surprises me anyway. We have a preschool here at Christ Lutheran and sometimes I’ll have lunch with the preschoolers. One day a preschooler said to me, “Pastor Burkey, Jesus really loves you.” I wanted to say I went to seminary and got a couple degrees and knew all about that, but instead with great enthusiasm I said, “That’s just awesome!” Here was a preschooler telling me about Jesus’ love. God’s at work there. Then, in my own life, I find it the most amazing thing of all when he shows up.

SDR: Where do you go when you die?

PB: We go to be with Jesus and we call that heaven. Then there’s hell. Those who received the gift of Jesus go to heaven; those who reject the gift, they don’t have to have it, unfortunately, and they go to a place called hell. Hell for us is life without God.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Alcaeus: Greek poet from the island of Lesbos

One of the Nine Lyric Poets of Greece
Next Article

Alcaeus: Greek poet from the island of Lesbos

One of the Nine Lyric Poets of Greece
Richard Burkey: “They see [God] as an old grandfather who you come up to when you need something.”
Richard Burkey: “They see [God] as an old grandfather who you come up to when you need something.”
Place

Christ Lutheran Church, La Mesa

7929 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa

Membership: 1000

Pastor: Richard Burkey

Age: 56

Born: Chicago

Formation: Concordia College, Austin, TX; Concordia College, River Forest, IL; Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

Years Ordained: 31

San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermon?

Pastor Richard Burkey: It’s almost like a birthing process. I’m always working on it and have it at the back of my mind. But I sit down on a specific one and it’s anywhere from 8 to 20 hours. Some weeks the Spirit moves and some weeks the Spirit says you need to wrestle with this a little bit longer, grow and develop.

SDR: What’s your favorite subject on which to preach?

PB: God’s purpose for people’s lives. It’s general enough to talk about what Jesus can do for you and specific enough to realize that God is at work in our lives. God put us all here for a purpose, and it’s interesting to see how life works out that way. We think the things that happen are coincidences and we look back and realize that God was intentionally working there in our lives.

SDR: What’s your main concern as a member of the clergy?

PB: People are growing in their distance from God. They see him as an old grandfather who you come up to when you need something, and they miss the beauty and power of his presence at work in their lives. Purpose is my big thing; they miss God’s purpose for their lives. We think we know best and if we’re wise we look to God and see that he knows best.

SDR: Why Lutheran?

PB: When I was in college it got confirmed for me. I appreciate the Lutheran emphasis on grace and that we build our faith on God’s word alone. I appreciate the wrestling we do with issues with the word and with the Holy Spirit. I appreciate that God calls us to do great things and that happens by God’s gracious power at work in us. We didn’t have to earn it but we sure are invited to express and experience God’s love.

SDR: What’s the mission of your church?

PB: Our tagline is “Developing dynamic disciples for Christ.” So, we try to create environments where people meet with God and the Holy Spirit shows up.

SDR: Where is the strangest place you found God?

PB: Typically when I least expect him to be there. I know God is always there but he just surprises me anyway. We have a preschool here at Christ Lutheran and sometimes I’ll have lunch with the preschoolers. One day a preschooler said to me, “Pastor Burkey, Jesus really loves you.” I wanted to say I went to seminary and got a couple degrees and knew all about that, but instead with great enthusiasm I said, “That’s just awesome!” Here was a preschooler telling me about Jesus’ love. God’s at work there. Then, in my own life, I find it the most amazing thing of all when he shows up.

SDR: Where do you go when you die?

PB: We go to be with Jesus and we call that heaven. Then there’s hell. Those who received the gift of Jesus go to heaven; those who reject the gift, they don’t have to have it, unfortunately, and they go to a place called hell. Hell for us is life without God.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

What a teachers union has done to Gompers

29 teachers laid off in June, re-hired in July
Next Article

Andy Frasco Interactive Concert, Grammy Museum Spotlight Saturdays: Duckwrth, Poetry and Pop Culture

Events August 20-August 22, 2020
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close