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How to Succeed in Ministry– Pauline Clues

posted by Ben Witherington

John Chrysostom, in reflecting on Paul’s approach to ministry says this: “For Paul’s work found its source in power, mighty power, power that surpassed mere human diligence. For Paul brought three qualifications to the preaching of the word: a fervent […]

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‘Little Miss Sunshine’

posted by Ben Witherington

‘Little Miss Sunshine’ is not your ordinary everyday movie. To be sure it is a road flick about a family’s journey to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in California. And what a family it is as well! You have Alan […]

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51% of all Persons in Seminary are Women

posted by Ben Witherington

There is an interesting article in the NY Times this morning on women clergy in both largely white and largely black denominations. One of the more interesting parts of the survey is that it points out that 51% of all […]

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The Origins of the English Bible

posted by Ben Witherington

Without question, after the Latin Vulgate, no vernacular translation of the Bible has had more impact on Christian life and culture in general than the King James Version. What is seldom noted with the King James Version is busy being […]

Sunday School Teacher of 54 Years Dumped ‘Beacause She is a Woman”

posted by Ben Witherington

The story can and should be read here— http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/21/menonly.sundayschool.ap/index.html Watch the videos attached as well. This story is disturbing on many levels and it reflects clearly enough the growing fundamentalism in the Southern Baptist Church in general. Here we have […]

“The Faiths of the Founding Father’s”— David L. Holmes’ new book

posted by Ben Witherington

It is a matter of no little contention whenever the subject of the principles on which our nation was founded comes up. Equally contentious is the issue of what faith or faiths our founding fathers (and mothers) actually embraced. Into […]

Justification by Doubt

posted by Ben Witherington

Scholars are a funny lot. I ought to know— I’m one of them. Some are eccentric, some are eclectic, some are extraordinary. But when you participate in the rarified air of Biblical scholarship, a particular sort of historical scholarship, it […]

John Updike’s New Novel– “Terrorist”

posted by Ben Witherington

Today the news came across the wires that a major terrorist threat had been foiled by Scotland Yard, a threat to blow up one or more flights from the U.K. to the U.S. The alert status for the first time […]

THE MIRAGE

posted by Ben Witherington

Shimmering, glimmeringEnticing to a faultAlways in the distanceBeckoning to be caught. The illusion, projectionOf what we hope and dreamAlways better imaginedNot being what it seems. Leading the thirsty oneDown a dusty trackThrough a blistering desertNever turning back. Oasis, respiteMirror or […]

BRAIN FOOD

posted by Ben Witherington

I’ve got a genuine replica brain,It’s a collectible rendition,I grant it’s not the latest model,But it’s in good condition. It still processes data pretty wellThough there are some memory lapsesIt knows the difference between good and evil,And even between knaves […]

A Very Inconvenient Truth

posted by Ben Witherington

There are a lot of truths that are inconvenient. Some of them begin by nagging you at the very fringe of your consciousness. You can ignore them for whole days at a time, but they just will not go completely […]

A Moslem observes Christian worship

posted by Ben Witherington

John Updike’s riveting new novel entitled “Terrorist’, which I will be reviewing once I finish it, reveals a Christian writer trying to think into the mindset of Moslems angry with the West and its culture which is perceived to be […]

Supercessionism, Dispensationalism, and the Present Middle East Crisis– A Christian Stand

posted by Ben Witherington

In my current work on a commentary on Hebrews, I have been struck by how forcefully the book of Hebrews completely undercuts a Dispensational approach to the reading of Scripture, and while we are at it, to a blind and […]

Humor for Tired Parents and their Offspring

posted by Ben Witherington

“Mary” said the teacher, “I’d like you to come up to the map and point out the Falklands.” Mary dutifully came forward and did so. Then the teacher said “Very good, now Alexander, can you tell us who discovered the […]

CRAVEN IMAGE

posted by Ben Witherington

When idol becomes iconThe image turns graveWith darkest deceptionConvex turns concave. Windows on heavenThe icon’s true aimIf means becomes endIt’s not quite the same. But breaking the makingIconoclasm’s wrathIs equally misguidedA mischosen path. See through the iconThe larger designWineskins best […]

Friday Night In Jerusalem—Fear and Faith, Devils and Dust

posted by Ben Witherington

It was a warm June evening, and shabbat had just begun. I was leading some of my tour group through the Damascus Gate, down the Cardo Maximus, and to the Wailing Wall so they could see what was happening. The […]

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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