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December 2005 Archives

Men Behaving Badly– The Sad but True Story of Lust

posted by Ben Witherington

The statistics alone are staggering and depressing, but they tell only a small portion of the story. The recent Lilly funded study shows that men are 4 times more frequently visiting ‘adult’ web sites than women. This of course comports […]

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The CBS Special— “The Mystery of Christmas”

posted by Ben Witherington

Quite a few of you have asked me to post something about the show. First I should say that one of you has already found the transcript of the show out there somewhere, so apparently it is available, and the […]

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On Speaking Privately in Public– on Blogs

posted by Ben Witherington

Doubtless most of us have been there. You are stuck in an airport waiting for a flight, and at least four or five private conversations are going on around you. Now its one thing when the other person is there […]

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The Mother Load

posted by Ben Witherington

I From the very beginningThe burden was clearSometimes bearableSometimes severe Ate from the appleShared it with himDisobeyed the orderIndulged the whim. What was the outcome?The fruit of the act?Did she ‘know’ good and evil?Did she experience it in fact? Did […]

The Alcove

posted by Ben Witherington

A niche, A hideaway A retreat A sanctuary For prayer Communion Contact Reunion Like the horns on the altar Like the hem of his robe Like the songs in the psalter Like his hand on the globe Like a vault […]

Syriana– Innocent until Investigated

posted by Ben Witherington

George Clooney’s new movie (which is also a new movie starring Christopher Plummer, Matt Damon, William Hurt,and many others)is a political thriller and a brain teaser of major proportions. Clooney stars as a life time CIA operative who is a […]

Church Closings– Damage Control by Mishandling the Bible

posted by Ben Witherington

It is unfortunate that the Bible sometimes gets used to shore up an inappropriate decision by a church, but sadly we now have this in the case of the mega-church which has now handed out a ‘Biblical’ rationale for closing […]

Animal Tales Part II: King Kong

posted by Ben Witherington

While not exactly a Christmas movie (more of a summer thriller type), Peter Jackson’s epic remake of the classic Faye Ray movie King Kong is an amazing piece of work. Running three hours (and it feels like it too– you […]

Animal Tales Part I: Aslan and the Narnia Chronicles

posted by Ben Witherington

The much anticipated and much advertised Chronicles of Narnia (Part One) of C.S. Lewis have finally hit the movie theaters, and judging by the initial weekend this movie will be a box office success. Christians of course have been apprehensive […]

Church Closings on Christmas— Final Report

posted by Ben Witherington

Now that the fur has flown and the dust has settled a bit, we do need to ask what we have learned from this flap about the church closing on Christmas. A few things are important in terms of ground […]

End of the Innocence

posted by Ben Witherington

“It was twenty-five years todaySgt. Peppers told the band– ‘Don’t play’Lennon’s been shot and killedBy a fanatic seeking a thrillSo let me introduce to youThe thing you’ve dreaded all these yearsYour one and only greatest fear—The End of the Innocence” […]

Billy Graham at Christmas

posted by Ben Witherington

My parents still live in Charlotte, home of Billy Graham, as well as my family, and they sent me this wonderful story which so epitomizes this wonderful soldier of Christ. I thought I would share it. ————————-Billy Graham is 86 […]

Buying a Bible at Christmas?

posted by Ben Witherington

Bible sales in America, this year and every year, are huge. The Bible actually is consistently the best-selling book of all in any given year, and it never makes the bestseller lists. You can tell this is a lucrative business […]

Churches Closed on Christmas?

posted by Ben Witherington

Well I suppose it had to happen. The mega-church in Lexington (Southland Christian) consulted with other mega-churches like Willow Creek and decided that they would close on Dec. 25th, even though its a Sunday and even though its Christmas Day! […]

The Problem with Evangelical Theology

posted by Ben Witherington

There were two principles that provided guidance for the Protestant Reformation— semper Reformanda (always reforming) and sola Scriptura (the Bible as the final authority on all matters of faith and practice). These two principles of course have not always been […]

Previous Posts

The John Wesley Fellows Meeting at Candler---- The Senior Fellows
The John Wesley Fellowship began in 1977, with Steve Harper and yours truly being two of the first John Wesley Fellows chosen.  I have told the story of Ed Robb and AFTE  this past Fall on the blog so I will not repeat it.   Here ...

posted 5:46:30am Jan. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Guns and Religion--- Enough is Quite Enough
I was sitting at the traffic light when a pickup pulled up next to me.  On the back of the cab window was a bumper sticker saying 'Guns and religion. Now more than ever.'   Then I found the picture you see above, and then this one ...

posted 7:05:08pm Jan. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Revival 2011--- At My Home Church in Charlotte
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posted 9:58:02am Jan. 10, 2011 | read full post »

The John Wesley Fellows Meeting at Candler---- The Art of Theology
The John Wesley Fellows meeting this January was held in Atlanta at Candler School of Theology, and its Dean,  Dean Love is a collector of art for the seminary, with some 50 or so paintings now gracing the walls of their beautiful new ...

posted 5:30:50am Jan. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Ancient Readers and Manuscripts--- William A. Johnson's Take
  In the American world of bigger is better (and more erudite) it is refreshing to find a smallish book  (207 pages of text, including some pictures)  that makes its points in detail with full primary source documentation and then ...

posted 9:30:59am Jan. 07, 2011 | read full post »

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