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Renewed Like the Eagles

Dr. John Burns

Renewed Like the Eagles

Explore Divine leadership principles and uncover the profound symbolism of eagles as God’s chosen comparison.

2 Video Lessons

Watch, listen, and learn as John Burns shows you how to live with courage, strength, and humility, transcending life’s challenges.

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Renewed Like the Eagles

Brad Andrews sits down with Dr. Berin Gilfillan to discuss this two-part series by John Burns.


Join John Burns as heexplores living like an eagle in two insightful sessions. In “Live Like an Eagle,” discover the divine plan for standing out, embracing weariness, and renewing strength. Commitment, cleansing, and discernment are key themes. “What Makes an Eagle Majestic” delves into the symbolism of eagles, guiding participants to overcome life’s challenges, navigate storms with divine insight, and embrace humility and renewal. Both sessions, under Burns’ guidance, offer a unique perspective on leadership, urging participants to soar higher with the courage and strength of eagles. Ideal for those seeking personal and spiritual growth.

What You’ll Learn

  • Gain insights into living with leadership, strength, and courage inspired by eagles.
  • Understand the divine plan for standing out and facing challenges.
  • Embrace weariness as a natural part of the journey and focus on renewing strength.
  • Commit to a long-term vision and daily cleansing for a clean and purposeful life.
  • Recognize the importance of consuming fresh spiritual food with discernment.
  • Overcome life’s adversaries with divine insight and navigate storms with courage and humility.
  • Transcend external influences and soar higher in personal and spiritual growth.
  • Develop a unique perspective on leadership, guided by the transformative teachings of eagles.


1. Live Like an Eagle

In the first session, “Live Like an Eagle” by John Burns, you’ll explore living akin to eagles. Drawing from the majestic qualities of eagles—leadership, strength, and courage—the session illuminates the divine plan for standing out and standing alone. Embracing weariness as natural, the focus shifts to renewing strength, echoing the Bible’s eagle references. Commitment takes center stage, emphasizing long-term vision and focus. Living clean lives involves daily cleansing and forgiveness. Participants discover the analogy between eagle feather preening and cleansing one’s strengths. Finally, the session underscores consuming fresh spiritual food, mirroring eagles’ discernment. John Burns paves the way for a transformative exploration of leadership, setting the stage for profound insights. 

2. What Makes an Eagle Majestic

In “What Makes an Eagle Majestic,” by John Burns, you’ll explore the profound symbolism of eagles as God’s chosen comparison. The session delves into overcoming life’s adversaries—the challenges of the ground, symbolic snakes, falcons, and storms. Emphasizing the importance of listening to the Holy Spirit, participants discover the divine insight needed to navigate storms. The lesson concludes with a powerful message on humility and renewal, illustrated by the molting process, urging individuals to see beyond external appearances. The courage of eagles, standing out and standing alone, inspires participants to soar higher, transcending challenges posed by external influences. Under John Burns’ guidance, this session offers a transformative exploration of leadership through the lens of the majestic eagle. 

Quick Facts


English, French




0.76 credit units

No. of Sessions

2 Sessions

Running Time

1 hour 13 minutes

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About the Instructor

John Burns

John Burns is a Canadian pastor, author, podcaster, and relationship expert. He is a founding and teaching pastor, along with his wife Helen, of Relate Church in Vancouver, Canada.

John left his prosperous dental practice in 1986 to become a full-time pastor.
John Burns graduated from the University of British Columbia School of Dentistry in 1978 and moved to Williams Lake in Northern British Columbia, Canada, to begin practicing dentistry. At the time he and his wife Helen were living separately. Their marriage was quite broken, and their future was uncertain. It was in this season that they both encountered God and experienced a miraculous restoration of their marriage.

Returning to Vancouver after six years, they opened a dental practice and launched a home group that evolved into Victory Christian Centre in 1986. From humble beginnings at a High School’s cafeteria, the church expanded, acquiring land in 1990. Renamed Relate Church in 2009, it thrived on relationships at the heart of the church.

In 2018, Doell took the helm of Lead Pastor alongside her husband Rod. John and Helen Burns stay on as teaching pastors. John also serves as one of the board of directors.

John and Helen, renowned relationship experts, share their wisdom and insights through the podcast “Relationship Wisdom,” devoted to all things relationships. They also have a 6-part video series “Relationships: The Workshop of Life,”  offering timeless teachings and practical tools for individuals, small groups, and churches.

They also had a show on Hillsong Channel “Sex, Love & Relationships,” joined by special guests in candid interviews, exploring light-hearted, challenging, and complex issues of relationships.

John Burns’s books include The Miracle in a Daddy’s Hug and What Dads Need to Know About Daughters/What Moms Need to Know About Sons which he co-wrote with his wife Helen.

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