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March 2007 Archives

The Ethics of Politics and Illness– the Edwards case

posted by Ben Witherington

On 60 Minutes last night Senator John and Elizabeth Edwards bravely faced the Inquisition at the hands of Katie Couric. She was pleasant enough while busily probing the private parts of their lives, like an overly friendly proctologist. Elizabeth as […]

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The Lazarus Effect– Part Six

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER 14: STONE ON A ROLL Patrick Stone had indeed taken care of everything. He felt positively giddy. In a matter of hours, he’d be 30,000 feet above the havoc he’d wreaked. He practically danced his way between his closet, […]

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The Lazarus Effect— Part Five

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER 11—DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS The shrill staccato of the phone startled Sara Goldberg as she wiped down the last of the tables in her café. Her stomach dropped with the same weight of the wet rag she let fall to […]

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Church Video Hijinks

posted by Ben Witherington

Well you can say all you want about church being boring, but I have the ocular proof it’s not so– all kinds of things can happen at church. You Tube has a new video to prove it entitled Church Compilation […]

On Being a Global Christian

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the things that is most troubling to me as I travel around the world is what has been called the tribalizing of Christians. By this I mean that there are so many Christians in so many countries who […]

Angst and Anger as Evangelical Republicans Worry about an 08 Candidate

posted by Ben Witherington

Perhaps you have never heard of the really hush hush private Council for National Policy. It has a bland enough name. Actually what this club is, is a strategy group of a few hundred members including James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, […]

Amos Kloner Interviewed by Darrell Bock– the Tenth Ossuary was Blank

posted by Ben Witherington

There is now a critique of the Discovery Channel documentary by Amos Kloner himself as interviewed by Dr. Darrell Bock. It is in so many ways very revealing and makes perfectly clear that the tenth and blank ossuary was not […]

The Lazarus Effect– Part Four

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER 8: MOTHERLOAD MISSING Some three hours after Sammy began preparations for the trip to Bethany, the team finally pulled out of IAA headquarters. To avoid any implications of impropriety, Art, against every impulse, knew he had to wait and […]

Lamb UMC loses Turkey of a Member

posted by Ben Witherington

Well what can we say? United Methodists will admit almost anyone into membership, so desperate are we in an age of declining church attendance. And in Wales Township in Michigan at Lamb UMC there was a brief eulogy recently for […]

Black Snake Moan– Blues and Redemption in the old South

posted by Ben Witherington

Just when you thought that movies were becoming far too formulaic and trite and sequeled, along comes a movie like “Black Snake Moan” which blows through your mind like a breath of fresh air. Let me be clear that this […]

The Lazarus Effect— Part Three

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER FIVE: An Israelite with Guile In the wake of a Hamas attack on his home in Gaza, Sadiq Hadassah joined the ranks of a radical orthodox movement in his native Israel. His parents, siblings and a grandmother had all […]

British Radio Interview on the Jesus Tomb

posted by Ben Witherington

Friends, I did an extended radio interview for the U.K. audience which is airing soon but you can hear it now. Here is the link—http://www.premier.org.uk/engine.cfm?i=680 Let me know what you think. BW3

The Lazarus Effect– Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

Note these two chapters have been reformated into plain text. Let me know if they read alright. From these computers it looks o.k. BW3 ——————————– CHAPTER THREE: Lost and Found That Boy Scouting memory must have been a premonition, thought […]

The Lazarus Effect– Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

The following is the beginning of a novel I have written (its complete in draft form) with the help of my wife about the discovery of the tomb of Lazarus. Enjoy…… BW3 Let me know when you are ready for […]

Stephen Pfann Rules Out Mary Magdalene Ossuary

posted by Ben Witherington

Dr. Stephen Pfann of Jerusalem University who does a lot of close work on epigraphy and other related fields has now weighed in on the so-called Mary Magdalene ossuary (Rahmani no. 701). His detailed analysis of the inscription with careful […]

300– The Battle of Thermopylae Pass

posted by Ben Witherington

For those of us who grew up reading the Greek and Latin classics, the story of Leonidas and the 300 Spartans was certainly the stuff of legends. 300 men hold off the entire Persian army under Xerxes for a considerable […]

The Ten Commandments On Blogging on this Site

posted by Ben Witherington

We have had a lot of good and vigorous discussion in the past two weeks on this blog, and I am happy about vigor and passion and intelligent discussion, but several points need to be borne in mind: 1) No […]

Bitterness— a Meditation

posted by Ben Witherington

“Bitterness is a poison you drink which does your enemies no harm, and does you no good.”– Anonymous aphorism It’s easy to become bitter about some things. Things go wrong, life is not fair, someone deceives you, you don’t get […]

THE JESUS TOMB SHOW–BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGISTS REJECT DISCOVERY CHANNEL SHOW’S CLAIMS

posted by Ben Witherington

You can tell things are coming unraveled when every Biblical archaeologist, save possibly one, interviewed either in the Discovery Channel special or in the hour long debate thereafter repudiates or is unpersuaded by the findings of the show. Both William […]

ZODIAC—A CHILLER OF A THRILLER

posted by Ben Witherington

What would you do if you knew who a serial killer was, but the circumstantial evidence, however strong, was not enough to bring that person to justice? What if you were dealing with a case that had gone cold some […]

Rob Bells’ ‘Sex.God’ Book– a First Rate Read

posted by Ben Witherington

The first thing we need to make clear about the title ‘sex god’ is that Rob is not talking about some sort of fertility deity, like the ancient near eastern fertility gods (e.g. Baal, Astarte). He is talking about the […]

THE SMOKING GUN—TENTH TALPIOT OSSUARY PROVED TO BE BLANK

posted by Ben Witherington

Joe Zias is a fine archaeologist of long standing and good reputation. He is the person who catalogued the ten ossuaries from the Talpiot tomb, and personally catalogued the tenth ossuary. He worked with Amos Kloner as part of 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 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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