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December 2006 Archives

President Ford and Rev. Ford

posted by Ben Witherington

It was 1974 and I was graduating from Carolina and Mike Ford was graduating from Wake Forrest. We had talked about being roomates at Gordon-Conwell where we had both enrolled to go to seminary. He sent me a note in […]

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Self-Evident Truths: “The Pursuit of Happyness”

posted by Ben Witherington

I remember the feeling very well. That deep anxiety or fear in the pit of my stomach. It happened when I went before the scholarship committee at Chapel Hill to win a full ride to Carolina. I thought I did […]

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Rocky Balboa– A Christmas Movie to Grow Old To

posted by Ben Witherington

It is hard to believe it has been thirty years that we have been being regaled with the saga of Rocky Balboa. Loosely based on figure and character of the real life boxer Rocky Marcioni, we have now had six […]

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‘The Project’—A Christmas Sermon worth Pondering

posted by Ben Witherington

Craig Hill is a fine NT scholar at Wesley Theological Seminary in D.C. and a fine preacher as well. We have been good friends for many years through the John Wesley Fellowship program. This is the sermon he preached in […]

Family Movies— Charlotte’s Web and Happy Feet

posted by Ben Witherington

There are of course a plethora of movies out at Christmas, and the one must see movie for Christians is surely “the Nativity”, but if there is time and interest in more what shall one do? Well for sure don’t […]

The Slaughter of the Innocents– Rwanda Revisited

posted by Ben Witherington

Athanase Seromba is a Roman Catholic priest who for years served in Rwanda. This past week he was sentenced by an international war criminal court to fifteen years in prison. His crime? He ordered the bulldozing of his own church […]

God Save “The Queen”

posted by Ben Witherington

Docu-dramas don’t usually become frontline movies, and true to form “The Queen” is only available in limited release in most places in America. It is a great pity for this is a wonderfully crafted tale centered around the crisis the […]

Timber!— More Christmas trees felled

posted by Ben Witherington

Looking fir and wide, since I know you are all ‘pining’ for more tree-mendous stories about the felling of Christmas traditions I have come up with a bonus. My Canadian friend and fellow teacher and minister Ross Bailey sent me […]

Disruptive Grace

posted by Ben Witherington

Shattering the smatteringOf calm I had created,Grace, a gratuityDisrupted my day. Interrupting the ennuiI kept on feelingAn alien intruder Stepped in my way. Pacifying the pesteringVoice which kept naggingI sought out a sanctuaryAny port in a storm. Reluctantly resignedTo divine […]

The Grinch That Stole Christmas Trees

posted by Ben Witherington

Just past the Homeland Insecurity Checkpoint there used to be a Christmas tree in Sea-Tac airport. Indeed there used to be several, fourteen to be exact. And since we have a rather conservative government at this juncture you might not […]

The Nativity– The Birth of a Classic?

posted by Ben Witherington

You know how it is when you really love a story. You want the adaptation on the screen to be right. I was holding my breath when I heard they were making the Lord of the Rings a few years […]

Happy New Year!!

posted by Ben Witherington

Christians are so weird. Jews of course celebrate Rosh Hashannah— the Jewish New Year. Most Christians however hardly even notice the Christian New Year which happens to have just transpired. Instead, they prefer to celebrate the ancient Roman and modern […]

The Evangelical-Republican Alliance begins to Crumble

posted by Ben Witherington

The following is an interesting article sent to me by my friend Mark Jackson. It is republished here with permission from Strategic Forecasting, Inc. at www.stratfor.com. While I do not necessarily agree with everything said here it certainly brings up […]

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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