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What’s Wrong with Prospering? The Gospel according to Joel Osteen

posted by Ben Witherington

As the offering is about to be taken at the Compaq center, Joel Osteen’s wife and co-pastor Victoria urges generosity as a way of prompting God’s favor. “He not only wants to enrich you but do things for you you […]

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WORDSHAPED

posted by Ben Witherington

Partial and piecemeal, here and thereVowels omitted, consonants squareNo jots or tittles, not one iotaAs if there was, a letter quota. Line upon line, word for wordNopunctuationseparationabsurdScriptum continuum without an endSpace is so precious, conventions must bend Fair hand copy, […]

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What’s inside the ‘Inside Man’?

posted by Ben Witherington

Its been a while since there has been a really thought provoking and interesting drama or thriller that does not rely on gimics, special effects, or large impressive sets or scenic vistas, but we have one now in Spike Lee’s […]

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The Eternal Subordination of Christ and of Women

posted by Ben Witherington

I am pleased to be able to provide here with permission a section of Kevin Gile’s recent study of a recent theological trend that attempts to link relationships in the Godhead to relationships between men and women. What is especially […]

Craddock Stories– Those Women Preachers

posted by Ben Witherington

Fred Craddock’s recent book ‘Craddock Stories’ edited by Mike Graves and Richard F. Ward (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2001) is a gold mine of Craddock’s stories used in both preaching and teaching. Here is one sample: “When I was in […]

Misanalyzing Text Criticism–Bart Ehrman’s ‘Misquoting Jesus’

posted by Ben Witherington

Bart Ehrman is both an interesting person and an engaging lecturer. He speaks well, he writes well, he obviously has a gift for what he does. I like Bart though I find his spiritual pilgimage troubling, and as an alumnus […]

‘Capote’– In Cold Blood

posted by Ben Witherington

This movie is not for sissies. It is a powerful and gripping drama telling the tale of Truman Capote’s relationship with a murderer on death row in Levenworth Kansas, a story which became enshrined in the prize winner novelesque work […]

BOUND TO BE FREE

posted by Ben Witherington

In freedom there’s a bondageWhich leads to endless choice.In bondage there’s a freedomExcusing loss of voice. What frees a person shows usWhat bound them long before.What binds a person demonstratesThe thing she loves the more. Commitment and concessionContrast in this […]

Compassion Fatique on the Gulf Coast?

posted by Ben Witherington

I was on a plane full of Presbyterians from Michigan flying from Memphis to Gulfport yesterday. It was yet another work detail coming to help with the cleanup in Biloxi, Gulfport, Waveland and other places. The ride down I-90 is […]

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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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