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PROBLEMS MULTIPLY FOR JESUS TOMB THEORY

posted by Ben Witherington

Having now scrutinized the book The Jesus Family Tomb book which accompanies the show there are further things that need to be stressed that are wrong with this whole theory and its varied speculations. I will list them seriatim as […]

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Alvin Plantinga’s Refutation of “The God Delusion”

posted by Ben Witherington

Alvin Plantinga is without question one of the great scholars in the world in any discipline. I remember well reading his careful work on Anselm when I took a graduate course in Philosophy at Carolina. It was the gold standard […]

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THE JESUS TOMB? ‘TITANIC’ TALPIOT TOMB THEORY SUNK FROM THE START

posted by Ben Witherington

(This picture of the Talpiot tomb courtesy of the Discovery Channel via the Toronto Star article). Remember the tale of the Titanic? How it was supposed to be impregnable, and nothing could poke holes in it? How it would never […]

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Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

posted by Ben Witherington

“Art is long, life short” says the ancient Latin aphorism. And one of the things about art is that it makes one reconsider what something can do or be. Here below you will find some remarkable sculptures— made out of […]

Rob Bell’s Nooma Videos 11-15

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the things one could wish about this Nooma series is that we knew more about the background music. But we may be thankful at least that we have subtitles to these films for those who are hearing impaired, […]

Rob Bell’s Nooma Videos 6-10

posted by Ben Witherington

Oh those aquamarine and white Nooma boxes. They contain interesting things. You can see in the second five films in this series how they’ve hit their stride, anmd in some cases we can see an increasing degree of complexity to […]

Rob Bell’s Nooma Videos 1-5

posted by Ben Witherington

Nooma is the Anglicized version of the Greek word pneuma, which means spirit, breath, or wind. This word is presumably chosen for the series of short videos Rob Bell is producing signaling the fresh winds that are blowing through the […]

Anglican Conclave tells American Episcoalian Church to ban the Blessing of Same Sex Unions

posted by Ben Witherington

In what can only be called a stunning rebuke of the American Episcopal Church, it was given eight months to ban the blessing of same sex unions or face a reduced and censured role in the world’s third largest Christian […]

Can’t Handle the Proof

posted by Ben Witherington

We demand the evidence, A clear and certain sign, We show no bit of reticence Ask God to please divine. Here a little miracle, Or there a stellar light To shine upon our darkness And give us all insight. But […]

Alistair McGrath’s Critique of Dawkins “The God Delusion”

posted by Ben Witherington

Alistair McGrath is a remarkable person. He has PhDs in Theology and also in Molecular Bio-Physics. He is currently a Professor of public science at Oxford. In this lecture he is critiquing his fellow Oxfordian Richard Dawkins Here is the […]

“Velvet Elvis and the King”– Has he Left the Building?

posted by Ben Witherington

Rob Bell’s best-selling first book “Velvet Elvis” has tapped a remarkably large market of young people ranging from early teens to late thirties who seem wide open to the Gospel, if presented in user-friendly forms. And Rob has a gift […]

Can’t Handle the Proof

posted by Ben Witherington

Can’t Handle the Proof We demand the evidence, A clear and certain sign, We show no bit of reticence Ask God to please divine. Here a little miracle, Or there a stellar light To shine upon our darkness And give […]

The Bridge to Terabithia– The Loss of Innocence

posted by Ben Witherington

The Bridge to Terabithia is yet another family movie by Walden Media which has been getting tremendously positive reviews. The movie is based on the very popular book by Katherine Patterson of the same name published in 1977 and winner […]

Rob Bell hits Lexington and a Packed-Out House

posted by Ben Witherington

Zondervan seems to know its got a tiger by the tale. And not a tame one either, so they’ve boldly decided to let him out of his Grand Rapids cage. Indeed they have decided to take him out on tour– […]

“Amazing Grace”– The Story of William Wilberforce

posted by Ben Witherington

Sometimes the Media gets it exactly right. In this case I am referring to Walden Media and Bristol Films. The former of these two names will be known to all movie buffs as the folks who gave us the first […]

Garrison Keillor on “Those People called Methodists”

posted by Ben Witherington

It was bound to happen. At some juncture a pronouncement would come forth from Lake Wobegon about the second largest Protestant denomination– namely the family of Methodist Churches. And sadly and indeed humorously, many of the insights are true. So […]

From Romney to Haggard– Religion in the News

posted by Ben Witherington

There have been a variety of stories of interest to Christians in the news this week. One of them is the issue of whether Governor Romney’s being a Mormon will be an issue as he begins his Presidential campaign as […]

A Poem for this Present Crisis

posted by Ben Witherington

James Russell Lowell was one of the great literateurs of the last half of the 19th century, and he is still well worth reading today. I was struck by how appropriate his poem “This Present Crisis” speaks to our country […]

A Church Home for the Homeless

posted by Ben Witherington

What a novel concept. Church not merely as a place for the homeless to get basic life services, but church as a worship experience for the poor and homeless. The story is in this morning’s NY Times. Here’s the link–http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/06/us/06homeless.html?th&emc=th […]

We Are the Light of the World– But Who Changed the Bulb?

posted by Ben Witherington

How many Presbyterians does it take to change alight bulb? None. God has pre-ordained when the lights will be on andwhen they will be off. How many Catholics does it take to change alight bulb? None. They always use candles. […]

The Martyrdom of the Zebedee Brothers

posted by Ben Witherington

Just before the final passion prediction of Jesus in Mk. 10.45, and after the Mount of Transfiguration episode we find the story of the Zebedee boys’ request for the box seats in the Kingdom, on either side of Jesus when […]

A No Brainer– The Joke of the Day

posted by Ben Witherington

I was once told I had a brain like Einstein’s. I thought— “Wow what a nice compliment.” Then the guy said: “Its been dead since 1956″.

The Latest God Moment in Kentucky– Rescued by an Angel

posted by Ben Witherington

I must admit Kentucky is a strange place to live, even for someone who comes from the nearby state of North Carolina. Kentucky is the state which still brings you snake handling churches, as a fulfillment of the so-called long […]

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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