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September 2006 Archives

The Difference between Heaven and Hell (on earth)

posted by Ben Witherington

The Holy Man and the Lord A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one dayand said, “Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He […]

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Hoodoo the Voodoo like You do?

posted by Ben Witherington

James Coleman is professor of African American literature at my alma mater UNC-Chapel Hill (go Tar Heels!). He is a thought provoking writer and speaker and one of his central subjects is the sacred and the spiritual in the African […]

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Pastors and Pornography– A Dirty Little Secret

posted by Ben Witherington

These are troubling times. Chaucer once queried “If gold rusts, what then will iron do?” and he was worred about ministers. So am I. I train them and deal with them day in and day out. Its not just that […]

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Hilary Rodham Clinton more Dangerous than Lucifer?

posted by Ben Witherington

Conservative Christian organizers are getting together again, led by James Dobson of Focus on the Family fame. They are worried. They sense a lot of disaffection at the grassroots level amongst those who voted Republican two years ago. Here is […]

Madonna Crucified; Veggie Tales Maimed

posted by Ben Witherington

O.K. let me see if I understand this. NBC has standards. It will broadcast ‘universal’ religious values, but nothing sectarian, nothing that supports or promotes a particular denomination or religion. (And what precisely would those values be?) On this basis, […]

The Worship of the Christian Emperor Constantine

posted by Ben Witherington

In the wake of the ‘revisionist history’ nonsense about Constantine being the great establisher of Christian orthodoxy and suppressor of heterodoxy (which it is a stretch to even call a half truth), it is refreshing to read the works of […]

Pope’s Protest Against Islamic Violence produces Violence

posted by Ben Witherington

Pope Benedict is an intelligent man. As the previous guardian of doctrine for the Catholic Church he is well aware of the intellectual and political ebb and flow of world religions of various sorts. And now of course we have […]

‘Just in Time’– ‘God Wants You Wealthy’

posted by Ben Witherington

The cover photo in the most recent issue of Time Magazine says it all. It shows a Rolls Royce, only instead of the normal hood ornament there is a cross. What would Jesus say? David Van Bema’s and Jeff Chu’s […]

“Hollywoodland”– Magic!

posted by Ben Witherington

It is one of the great ironies of modern American life that Superman died twice under tragic circumstances, showing that the man of steel, was somewhat less than that. I am of course referring to the sad story of George […]

Origen, and the Nature of God’s Sovereignty

posted by Ben Witherington

Sometimes it is assumed by Evangelicals that Augustine represents the views of the majority of the Church Fathers when it comes to the issue of divine determinism of all things vs. human beings having some choice about their own fate […]

Riding the ‘Trane

posted by Ben Witherington

A very long time ago, 80 years, an African American was born in Hamlet North Carolina, but he was raised and learned the joy of music in High Point N.C., my home town. That town, sadly has never done enough […]

Thus Spake Zarathustra— the Dying Out of a Monotheistic Religion

posted by Ben Witherington

There is a very interesting article in this morning’s N.Y. Times which talks about the dwindling numbers of members of the religion known as Zoroastrianism (Zoroaster being the Greek version of the name Zarathustra). This is a religion which may […]

Top Rated Seminaries– From the Devils to the Irish

posted by Ben Witherington

There is now an article in First Things, that conservative periodical, about the rating of seminaries. It is an interesting article, even though it only reflects one person’s opinion. Here is the link–http://www.generousorthodoxy.net/thinktank/2006/09/reno_on_doctora.html What is especially interesting about this article […]

Patriot’s Protest the Patriot Act

posted by Ben Witherington

Oh those New England Patriots. No, not the football team, I mean the one’s who run the gift shop next to the Old North Church in Boston. Seems they are a little ticked off at the Patriot Act which nullified […]

What is the Character of God?

posted by Ben Witherington

The chaplain ran to help the man lying on the beach of a South Pacific island, who had been hit by a shell. The young man was dying, and as the chaplain administered the morphine to him, the young many […]

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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 are some of the senior fellows attending the meeting.

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 below......   My response to this nonsense above

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

Revival 2011--- At My Home Church in Charlotte

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 seminary building.  The art of choice comes from a West

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 resists the tendency to be verbose or erudite for all

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

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