My name is Andy Burrows. I’m 45, British, living in England, married to Heidi, and a father of four – Jake (19), Joe (17), Tom (14) and Anna (13). I’m a chartered accountant by training, and currently my normal work is as an independent consultant helping companies with financial and business management projects.
I grew up in Preston in the North of England, and was raised in a Christian home, and came to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ during my childhood. I have read and studied the Bible, but never done any theology exams. After graduating from university I moved down South to Basingstoke in Hampshire, where I did my training with a medium-sized firm of chartered accountants.
I’ve lived in Basingstoke since then, and am a member of St Mary’s church, Eastrop. Over the years I’ve been involved in various ministries: leading young people’s groups, preaching, leading and playing guitar in music groups, leading Bible studies.
I started blogging in 2009 on two free Blogger (Google) websites – ajburrows.blogspot.com (which I called Reflections) and charisfd.blogspot.com (Creative Finance & Management). The latter was related to my consulting business, and I built my own website for that as well (www.charisfd.com, now on its second redesign). I originally started blogging partly as an experiment (I was starting up my business and did it because someone said it was a good idea and easier than I thought!), and partly to “give something back”. In my first or second Reflections blog post, I wrote:
“Perhaps my purpose in life is not to be personally significant. Perhaps my purpose in life is 100,000 small encouragements to my children, my family, my friends, my colleagues and clients, [and] people I meet. And so I recall that the second way of summing up our human responsibility before God is, ‘love your neighbour as yourself.’ My experiences, my personality, my brain, my personal reflections, my learning – they have all been given to me for a reason. And so, having accumulated all that… it’s probably time to try and consciously give something back by passing on little insights and tips, and simply by sharing some experiences.”
What is this Website for?
This website is really a logical next step for the Reflections blog, in same way that my Creative Finance & Management blog has been redesigned and included now in the charisfd.com website. Using my own domain, and using WordPress to build the site, gives more flexibility to organise material in ways that I hope will be more accessible to readers. It also, to be honest, allows more flexibility to use advertising and affiliate links if appropriate (and if not too intrusive), which may in turn allow me to make a small monetary return for the effort I put in.
Life has not been straightforward for me. Three redundancies, four major periods out of work, three brushes with cancer – so far – to go alongside the normal trials, temptations and challenges of living as a Christian, as a husband and as a father of four – all this has been thrown into the melting pot of a mind that loves the Bible, and is full of desire to please my Heavenly Father, relying on the strength of the Holy Spirit, based on the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The result is an earnest desire to help others who struggle with the practical, theological and philosophical issues I’ve struggled with in my life.
“Help” is on many different levels. For instance, Cancer and Me, is very practical and journal-like, just recording the mundane practicalities of being diagnosed with, and being treated for, cancer, as well as the anxieties and the feelings that go with it. I know – only from reading similar material from other cancer sufferers – that people newly diagnosed or facing a new phase of treatment find it helpful to hear from others who have been through the same. Whilst the cancer charity websites contain excellent factual information, the feelings and experience of those who have been through it can serve both to reinforce and to add colour. Whose Rules Rule?, on the other hand, is explicitly Christian apologetics, with the hope of being some use to those who either want to understand Christian ethics from the outside or Christians who want to be able to answer questions from unbelievers.
I’m not sure I’ll ever quite understand how I fit into the world in terms of what it is I’m supposed contribute. No one has asked me to do this. I just feel that I should be sharing the experiences and insights I’ve been given. And creating my own website does not mean I think I’m anything special. Quite the opposite – I have a feeling that sometimes my reflections are more helpful to other people because they come from someone who is just an ordinary middle-aged, Christian family man.
So I simply continue pray, as I did when I started my first blogs, that all my thoughts, reflections, advice and insights may be glorifying to God, and will be helpful in some way to you, the reader.
What I Believe
I see the world as a human being primarily, and share the same experiences as other human beings. That’s probably a bizarre thing to start with, and pretty obvious. But I guess when I say that I also write, and see things, as a Christian, and from a Christian worldview, you have to understand that it doesn’t mean I experience things differently. Christians feel pain, joy, frustration, anxiety, fear, desire for success, desire for significance, temptations, tiredness, despondency, etc, just like anyone else. So when I share my experiences and feelings, I believe I’m sharing things that anyone in the world can understand, whatever their religious beliefs.
However, there are distinctively Christian responses to experiences. And being a Christian, I believe that faith in God is imperative.
Views on many subjects have varied among those who call themselves Christians, throughout history and across denominations. Especially when stumbling across writing on the internet, I think it’s useful therefore to have some idea where writers stand in the main categories of thinking. If you know where they’re coming from you can judge whether to take their words as aligning with your own basic position or not. Reading from both a position of basic agreement and a position of fundamental disagreement can be helpful in many ways, but it’s more helpful if you know which you’re doing while you are reading!
So in terms of labels, I am theologically conservative. I am Protestant. I am a member of a congregation within the Church of England. I believe the Bible to be God’s infallible, inerrant, Word, which makes me evangelical. The Bible is the sole authority when it comes to belief about God and knowing how to live in tune with our belief in God. However, the Bible is not mainly written as a set of theological statements. Historically, when believers have attempted to write down theological statements, these have been called “articles” of faith, or a “confession of faith”, and normally these are based on an interpretation of the Bible. Those closest to my own views are the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and the 39 Articles of the Church of England (1571). That means you could also call me a Calvinist, Reformed or Conservative Evangelical.
I resonate most, these days, theologically, with the writings of people like John Piper, D.A. Carson, Jim Packer, Paul Tripp, Tim Keller, and Tim Chester. The Gospel Coalition and Desiring God Ministries are both communities I have found helpful, and am broadly in agreement with. However, I’m also a “young earth” Creationist, and I find Ken Ham helpful. I’ve also found Greg Bahnsen helpful in thinking about apologetics, the defence of Christianity.
Other Internet Identities
You can find me elsewhere on the internet at the following places:
My business website – charisfd.com
My LinkedIn profile – www.linkedin.com/in/andrewburrows/
My twitter profile – @andrewburrows10
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