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July 2007 Archives

The Peacemaker as the Anti-Christ?

posted by Ben Witherington

Below you will find a link to a brief video made by a Jewish young man named Mr. Max Blumenthal. He decided to visit the recent CUFI (Christians United for Israel) meeting led by Rev. Hagee and his friends. There […]

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Paul on Spirit-filled Living,the Singing of Praise Songs, and Mutual Submission

posted by Ben Witherington

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM MY FORTHCOMING COMMENTARY ON PHILEMON, COLOSSIANS, AND EPHESIANS, DUE OUT FROM EERDMANS IN NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER. BW3 One of the more obviously relevant texts for the discussion of modern Christian worship is Ephesians 5.18-21, […]

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Novel Ideas for Summer Reading

posted by Ben Witherington

On a day when we have reached the eschaton of Harry Potter novels, it is appropriate to talk about summer reading, and what might be profitable. J.K. Rowling is certainly a good writer in the English spirit and style, but […]

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‘Hairspray’– Another Hare Brained Musical?

posted by Ben Witherington

The heyday of musicals has long since come and gone. In fact they peaked in the late 50s and early 60s (think ‘Music Man’, ‘Oklahoma’, or the real blockbuster that basically killed off the genre for a generation– ‘The Sound […]

The Seer’s Tower

posted by Ben Witherington

From here I can see tomorrow, From here I can see the shore, From here I can see the future, But I ask myself, what for? Somewhere between curse and blessing Between help and hindrance Is knowing what’s coming Preparing […]

Gender Battles that Compute

posted by Ben Witherington

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. “House” for instance, is feminine: “la casa.” “Pencil,” however, is masculine: “el lapiz.” A student asked, “What gender is […]

The Long Day’s Journey– My Boston Marathon Experience

posted by Ben Witherington

O.k., so the picture is sideways. That’s about how I got across the finish line in the Boston Marathon– crawling sideways. Turn your computer sideways and look. Actually if you right click on the picture, I gather you can make […]

THE MAZE

posted by Ben Witherington

VOICE ONE—THE CONSCIENCE You don’t get there sooner Running faster in that direction, It only ruins your temper Your color and complexion. VOICE TWO—THE EMOTIONS If you can’t remember Whether you’ve been here before I fear you’ll never find The […]

‘Potter V’– The Trouble with Harry

posted by Ben Witherington

Oh for the good old days of riding one’s broom and playing quidditch. Harry has moved on from those mostly care-free days and now is presented to us as a troubled youth. The trouble with Harry is that he is […]

Canadian Nurses love ‘Sicko': Hand out free tickets to help prevent the Canadian system going the American way

posted by Ben Witherington

My friend Dr. Ross Bailey from Toronto kindly sent me this story further to our earlier debate about health care. It speaks for itself, and it makes some of the points I was stressing. The nurses of Canada know perfectly […]

‘Out of the Mouths of Babes’– Part II– Their Letters

posted by Ben Witherington

A very long time ago, Art Linkletter published a little book on kids letters to God. There have been many such books and articles since. These are twelve of my favorites in their original scrawl. Children seem to have an […]

‘Out of the Mouths of Babes’– “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from email.”

posted by Ben Witherington

KIDS IN CHURCH3-year-old Reese: “Our Father, Who does art in heaven, Harold is His name. Amen.” A little boy was overheard praying: “Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it. I’m having a real good […]

New Mary Magdalene Revelation

posted by Ben Witherington

Rivaling the discovering of the Talpiot Tomb itself is this new revelation presented above in a news source almost as reliable as the recent book on the tomb of Jesus. Who knew that the M+M on that candy actually stood […]

The Virtual Church on the Rise

posted by Ben Witherington

If you snooze you lose, and you may feel the heat sooner rather than later. For example, have you been attending church online of late? What, you didn’t know you could attend church, or synagogue, or the mosque on line? […]

‘Sicko’– It’s Enough to make you ill

posted by Ben Witherington

Michael Moore, our current resident agent provocateur and gadfly is at it again, and this time he really hits you where it hurts– in the pocketbook. His bright searchlight of investigation casts it glare on the health care industry, and […]

A Bridge over ‘Troubled Waters’– Rethinking our Theology of Baptism

posted by Ben Witherington

I was watching the PBS special the other night in which Paul Simon was honored for a career of great song writing with the very first Gershwin Award of the Library of Congress– certainly a well deserved tribute. Of course […]

Live Free or Die Hard– or Live Hard and Die Free?

posted by Ben Witherington

I have always liked Bruce Willis. He was great in the 80s in the big TV hit series Moonlighting with Cybil Shepherd. In fact, he began the ‘Die Hard’ series in the middle of the Moonlighting show because Cybil became […]

‘Ratatouille’– A Midsummer’s Gourmet Treat

posted by Ben Witherington

You have to hand it to Pixar and Brad Bird, they are good at what they do. They have brought us so many instantly appealing CG cartoon movies (beginning with Toy Story) that they sometimes appear to have invented the […]

To Ur is Human

posted by Ben Witherington

The town of Shanli-Urfa is an interesting one. According to Islamic tradition it is the locale of the cave of Abraham. Above you will find a picture of the entrance to the cave, followed by an overview of the citadel […]

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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 ...

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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