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January 2006 Archives

Take up Your Cross and Follow Kanye West, the Hip Hop Jesus?

posted by Ben Witherington

You can see the cover for yourself. There on the front of Rolling Stone is Kanye West, which is no surprise since he is a hip hop/rap superstar, but he is wearing a crown of thorns and spattered blood. According […]

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The Age of Impatience and the Lust for Certainity

posted by Ben Witherington

I have said in another connection that God reveals enough of the future to give us hope, but not so much that we do not need to exercise faith. I think this truth should be applied liberally when we are […]

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HOW TO STOP THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE—”THE END OF THE SPEAR”

posted by Ben Witherington

The story of the Waodani has been told many times now, but we now have a movie “The End of the Spear” put together by Every Tribe Entertainment to remind us of the story. It is a long time since […]

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If Only

posted by Ben Witherington

I I would have dressed up,Only it was too much trouble. I would have gone out,Only it cost too much. I would have driven,Only travel’s dangerous. I would have eaten,Only I weigh too much. I would have danced,Only I didn’t […]

The Bible in Public Schools– Should it Be Taught There?

posted by Ben Witherington

Today, Jan. 16th in the news there is a story that various Georgia Democrats, presumably trolling for votes in the upcoming elections, are proposing that there be legislation allowing the Bible to be taught as literature and as a cultural […]

“Let not many of you become Teachers”– James the Sage

posted by Ben Witherington

I am in the process of writing a largish commentary on Hebrews and James, two important works addressed to Jewish Christians. I thought I would provide a taste of what’s going on (and in the commentary) with the excerpt that […]

The Rough Ride down “Glory Road”

posted by Ben Witherington

Sports movies usually fall into a predictable pattern whether its the much praised “Hoosiers” or “Remember the Titans”. There is always a big game at the end of the movie that punctuates the theme of the movie whether it is […]

Christ has Mercy– Shall Christians not do so?

posted by Ben Witherington

“Mercy is the highest art and the shield of those who practice it. It is the friend of God, standing always next to him and freely blessing whatever he wishes. It must not be despised by us. For in its […]

Quote of the Day– From a 107 year old Lady

posted by Ben Witherington

I was doing an event this past weekend in Longview Texas and was told about a woman in nearby Gilmore (spelling?) who was celebrating her 107th birthday. There was an article in the local paper interviewing her. She was asked […]

Munich– Terror, Terrible, Terrifying

posted by Ben Witherington

It is hard to believe that the same man who made ET also made Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and now Munich, but he did. This movie has been hailed as Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, and it certainly is a compelling […]

The Sound of the Soul

posted by Ben Witherington

The sound of the soulAt the speed of lightPassed through my brainAnd into the night. Stifling silenceSensing the sighFeeling the longingWanting to cry. The sound of the soul,Like a get away trainDoppler effectPlaintive refrain. Listening intentlyLonging to knowWho am I […]

Joy in the Morning

posted by Ben Witherington

In writing my commentary on James I was struck this morning with the command in James. 1.2 to ‘reckon it all joy’. Here are some of my reflections on Christian joy and what it might refer to. The discourse proper […]

Cat Avoids Cat-tastrophe— Dials 9-1-1

posted by Ben Witherington

There is an extraordinary story this morning on MSN news. As a cat owner and cat lover I just couldn’t resist posting this. Go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10663270. Anyone with a story of a dog dialing 9-1-1 and saving the life of […]

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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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