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August 2007 Archives

The Relationship of the OT to the NT according to John Chrysostom

posted by Ben Witherington

Reflecting on texts like Hebrews 10.1 “the Law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming– not the image/portrait (eikon)/ realities themselves” John Chrysostom (which means golden mouth), the greatest preacher and teacher of the Greek-speaking Fathers […]

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Michael Vick’s Mea Culpa

posted by Ben Witherington

It is not unusual to hear super star athletes give their testimony of how they have given their lives over to Jesus. But few of them have come immediately after pleading guilty to federal crimes. Today at his post plea […]

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Ignorance is Bliss? Biblical Illiteracy in the West

posted by Ben Witherington

I was in London some time ago at a one man performance of the Gospel of Mark. Alec McGowan’s presentation was wonderful, done entirely from memory, and with only the aid a few props. The dramatic presentation was done in […]

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Hermeneutics– A Guide for Perplexed Bible Readers

posted by Ben Witherington

Remember Hermes? He’s the little guy you see from time to time on the logo at the florist shop, wearing a WWI trench helmet and always on the run. Actually, in Greek tradition he was the messenger of God, delivering […]

Wikipedia Scandal Reveals the Naked Truth

posted by Ben Witherington

Lots of my students, unfortunately, use the Internet as a substitute for good careful research. It’s seductive and easy and quick. It forestalls long hours in the library. It often leads to shoddy research and worse papers. I can tell […]

Pastor approves Cursing your Enemies

posted by Ben Witherington

In the truth is stranger than fiction category is the story that my friend Bill Barnwell sent me about a Southern Baptist pastor in California. Here is the link to the story that made headlines out there: http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-drake16aug16,1,787901.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california This pastor […]

The Expensive Cost of Cheap Goods

posted by Ben Witherington

There was an interesting story on ABC news tonight about the fallout from the lead paint recall of Mattel toys made in China. The story stressed that the Chinese workers now laid off were making about 18 cents an hour […]

Fire and Ice

posted by Ben Witherington

My grandfather was a fireman, indeed he was the fire chief in Wilmington N.C. Here is a wonderful oxymoronic ice sculpture of a fire man. What makes this one especially poignant is that this is an image from 9-11 from […]

Common Zen-se from Mom

posted by Ben Witherington

You gotta love your Mom. The older she gets the more wisdom she thinks she has to impart. These ‘zen’ truths (?) she sent along to me to ponder today. My only question is– what would Jesus say Mom? 1. […]

‘Talk to Me’– Can we talk?

posted by Ben Witherington

For some time now Don Cheadle has been one of my favorites actors. I especially appreciated his work in Hotel Rwanda, but of course the Oceans movies have been fun as well. But in ‘Talk to Me’ Don Cheadle has […]

‘Rescue Dawn”– or Having a Laosy Time

posted by Ben Witherington

Slipping in under the radar, and appearing in only limited release is a very fine rescue/survivor movie starring Christian Bale, entitled ‘Rescue Dawn’. It retells the true story of a Navy pilot named Dieter Dengler (born in Germany, grew up […]

Akiane– Child Prodigy

posted by Ben Witherington

Where does vision come from? Vision to paint, or to write, to sing or to play. Some folks think it is a natural talent that some people are just born with. But if that is true, then why couldn’t it […]

Cross Talk

posted by Ben Witherington

It was Lent when the minister called Charlie into his office, his long time church janitor. “Charlie” said the pastor, “I wonder if you could help me with the service this Sunday?” Charlie scratched his head and said ‘Sure, in […]

Definition of a Saint

posted by Ben Witherington

Thomas Long defines a saint as follows: “saints are figures out of the Christian past whose lives have been insufficiently researched.”

Advice to the Lovelorn– Learn Love

posted by Ben Witherington

Fallen human beings have a very difficult time understanding real love. They are born inherently self-centered creatures, and what begins as a necessary survival mechanism, becomes in an adult a practiced art form. In its extreme expression it becomes narcissism, […]

The Bourne Ultimatum– The Ultimate Thriller

posted by Ben Witherington

It is now late in the summer movie game, but sometimes the best is saved for last, and in this case the best three-peat movie has been saved for last this summer. The final movie based on the final novel […]

Kids Say the Darndest Things

posted by Ben Witherington

Art Linkletter made a career of interviewing children. One of my favorites was when he ask a young African American girl what her favorite Bible story was. She replied– “the wedding feast at Cana story”. Somewhat surprised Linkletter then asked: […]

Kid’s Say the Darndest Things

posted by Ben Witherington

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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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