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April 2007 Archives

Between Barack and the Wright Place

posted by Ben Witherington

Pastors can wield enormous influence in the life of someone seeking spiritual answers. Such was the case of Pastor Wright a U.C.C. minister in Chicago and Barack Obama– a relationship that has been built over the last twenty years, and […]

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Heroes or Saints? Who are our Cultural Icons?

posted by Ben Witherington

Believe it or not, the word hero never comes up in the NT. But the word saint occurs over 60 times. And here’s the really interesting thing– it always in the plural! Saints are not formed in a vacuum or […]

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THE LAZARUS EFFECT– PART TEN

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER FORTY FIVE: STONE AT HOME Patrick Stone arose Friday, packed his bags, paid his tab, and revved his engine for a trip back to Monaco. This time, the Chateau gates opened for its new owner. He arrived in time […]

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CHRISTIANS AND GUN CONTROL: AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME?

posted by Ben Witherington

I was talking with one of my former seminary students who now works at a Wesley Foundation at a major university in the South. She and her charges had been busy sending support to the Va. Tech students in the […]

The Redoubtable “Miss Potter”

posted by Ben Witherington

G rated films are scarce as hen’s teeth these days, but “Miss Potter” is such a film and very good one at that. Rene Zellwegger plays Beatrix Potter, the early 20th century authoress of the wonderful little animal tales about […]

Fasting for Darfur–Hungering for Justice

posted by Ben Witherington

(Picture courtesy of the Washington Post) Meet Jay McKinley. Jay has a cross tatooed on his forehead. The cross says Start Loving, and in fact this is what Jay calls himself these days. I was walking down Massachusetts Ave. (one […]

Supreme Court Bans Partial Birth Abortion in Landmark Decision

posted by Ben Witherington

In what has been quickly hailed as the most significant Supreme Court Decision on abortion since Row vs. Wade, second trimester partial birth abortion was declared illegal in a 5 to 4 decision by the Supreme Court today. Reaction to […]

THE LAZARUS EFFECT– PART NINE

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER FORTY ONE: JUSTIFICATION Patrick Stone had been frankly over-whelmed by the beauty and elegance of Puissant Chateau. The staff seemed cordial, even relieved, at the prospect of having a ‘normal’ owner as opposed to a heavy metal rocker complete […]

Should Pederasts be in the Pews?

posted by Ben Witherington

I once had an odd experience while staying in Atlanta some years ago. I had run into a man in the hotel where I was staying who said he wanted to go to church with me in the morning. Said […]

THE LAZARUS EFFECT– PART EIGHT

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER THIRTY SEVEN: LOVE FEAST Grace had left her mother fuming in the kitchen because the matzo ball soup had too much water in it. Camelia’s memory of the recipe called for six cups of water, but it was obvious […]

You Look Tired– Exegeting Proverbs. Match the Picture with the Scripture.

posted by Ben Witherington

1) “Train a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not stop going that way.” Prov. 22.6 2) “Sluggards bury their hands in the dish and will not even bring them back to […]

Accessorizing for Jesus

posted by Ben Witherington

There is no end to Christian tacky in America. I once went to a CBA convention (Christian Booksellers Association) and thought I had died and gone to Christian tacky heaven. There was a Gold’s Gym guy bench pressing a cross, […]

Jesus in the Media: Things Go better with….Jesus and Coke?

posted by Ben Witherington

O.K. so this Italian ad executive is doing some soul searching having lost his job and his marriage, and goes to Jerusalem. He bumps into Jesus and offers him a Coke. Jesus kindly takes it and drinks it and being […]

A Christian wins the Masters

posted by Ben Witherington

Growing up in North Carolina, two things are paramount when it comes to sports. You had better like basketball, or better yet play basketball, and you had better like golf. Last week I had the privilege of doing Palm Sunday […]

A Brief History of Easter

posted by Ben Witherington

Happy Easter One and All. Below you will find a link to the super fast history of Easter courtesy of the History Channel, in less than four minutes. You too can discover the link between Jesus, Easter, bunnies, eggs, and […]

THE LAZARUS EFFECT– PART SEVEN

posted by Ben Witherington

N.B.— These are the concluding chapters of the first half of the novel the Lazarus Effect. Let me know what you think— Happy Easter BW3 ————– CHAPTER TWENTY: THE JAIL HOUSE ROCK To say it was hot in the jail […]

The Hinge of History– a Palm Sunday Sermon (John 12.12-19)

posted by Ben Witherington

Have you ever had a really amazing week? A week when all kinds of unexpected things happened, some good, some bad? Let me tell you the story of my college graduation from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1974. The week had gone […]

Lenten Leavings– Things That Should Now be Left Behind

posted by Ben Witherington

The Lenten season ends this week and there are a few things which it would be good if we ‘left behind’ once and for all. 1) The Chocolate Jesus. The NY artist who created this life size confection of the […]

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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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