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The Signs of the Times

posted by Ben Witherington

Somehow, I don’t think these were the signs of the times Jesus was referring to, but you have to admit, they do get your attention.

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Harran so Far Away

posted by Ben Witherington

Baby Hawks nesting in the window slits inside the astrological tower Even Closer Up of the astrological tower at Harran Close up of the astrological tower at Harran Ancient Harran archaeological site The gateway into Harran. According to Gen. 11.31, […]

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Who Says Religion Can’t be Funny?

posted by Ben Witherington

Jewish Olympic Swimmer How to tell if a Catholic is driving too fast

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Plane Fare– Movies of Late and Movie Piracy

posted by Ben Witherington

You can watch a lot of movies of various sorts and quality on airplanes. I saw two coming back from Turkey yesterday, one of which was simply excellent, one of which was– fun fluff. I also went to the cinema […]

Shouldering the Load– a Parable

posted by Ben Witherington

It seemed like I had been climbing up arms and legs forever. I really wasn’t an acrobat at all, but to get to the top, I had to climb up and over a lot of people. And now I was […]

Not to Worry– A Guest Sermon

posted by Ben Witherington

Marc Axelrod was one of my best students at Ashland Theological Seminary many years ago. He is now a fine pastor in Wisconsin. Recently, he sent me this sermon which I thought was helpful in various ways. So I am […]

Where’s Your Bath– Sheba?

posted by Ben Witherington

There once was a man named UriahWhose wife would not sit tightOn the roof her bath was visibleEspecially in daylight It came to the king’s attentionWho found it quite a sightSo he summoned her to his palaceTo have a special […]

This Turkey heads for Turkey

posted by Ben Witherington

Hi friends. This is just a brief call to prayer. I am heading to Haran and Nimrud in Turkey on Monday. I’ll let you know if I find the ossuary of Abraham But as you know there have been some […]

Mr. Falwell Moves On Up

posted by Ben Witherington

On the surface the man seemed about as threatening as your corner grocer. He was affable, friendly, had a nice smile too. He did not come across like Jimmy Swaggart or Jim Baker as either too menacing or too slick […]

God of the Gaps– or Parking Spaces?

posted by Ben Witherington

After starting a new diet I altered my drive to work to avoid passing my favorite bakery. I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning, and as I approached, there in the window were a host of goodies. I felt […]

Good Grief! How Should Christians Grieve?

posted by Ben Witherington

I’m sure you’ve seen it too. You go to a funeral of someone who was a devout Christian who lived a full and rich life, and its an incredibly somber and subdued occasion. You would think the person went straight […]

The Future of Liberation Theology

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the major trends in contemporary theology 30 plus years ago was the rise of liberation theology, in various forms. I suppose that makes it no longer quite so contemporary. Of all the branches of this theology, its most […]

Herod the Great’s Tomb Discovered

posted by Ben Witherington

It must be the year for tombs. Ehud Netzer, a very fine archaeologist indeed from Hebrew University, after working on the excavation at the Herodium outside Bethlehem for years has now reported that the tomb of Herod the Great has […]

Mamma’s Bible

posted by Ben Witherington

And now for something completely different. A story shared with me by my sister.————- Mama’s Bible Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered. Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together. […]

Spidey 3– A Sight to See

posted by Ben Witherington

The heros of Marvel comics have seen something of a renaissance in the last ten years, thanks in no small part to a Hollywood looking for more fun summer fare– the season of the year when they make most of […]

TOMMY THE ATHEIST’S TESTIMONY– A TRUE TALE

posted by Ben Witherington

Father John Powell, a professor at Loyola University in Chicago writes about a student in his Theology of Faith class named Tommy: “Some twelve years ago, I stood watching my university students file into the classroom for our first session […]

Big Bill O’ Reilly Debates Richard Dawkins

posted by Ben Witherington

Well it was bound to happen– two of the most dogmatic blow hards one could imagine had a rather frivolous debate on the O’Reilly Factor, and U Tube has preserved it for us for posterity. Here (and above I hope) […]

The Roll Call of the Martyrs Continues Today

posted by Ben Witherington

Dr. Mark Wilson is a friend of mine who works a good deal of the year in Turkey, doing tours, and also at Regent University. Here is a verbatim report from him about the recent grisly murders of Christians in […]

THE LAZARUS EFFECT– PART ELEVEN

posted by Ben Witherington

ATTENTION K MART SHOPPERS. HERE IS THE REST OF THE NOVEL ‘THE LAZARUS EFFECT’. The whole novel has now been posted. For those of you who were waiting for the whole kit and kaboodle, you’ve got it now. You can […]

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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