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The Bible and Culture

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September 2007 Archives

When You Haven’t Got a Prayer

posted by Ben Witherington

First a prayer for folks over 50 who are cranky, then a story about prayer which will make you think, hopefully. — THE SENILITY PRAYER : Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good […]

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What our Stories Tell Us– Part II- 2007 Holiness Lectures

posted by Ben Witherington

Since I will be away next week at Baylor doing the Parchman lectureship, I am going to go on and post Dr. Joe Dongell’s second lecture now, since some of you eager beavers can’t wait to hear about Option C– […]

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What Our Stories Tell Us– The 2007 Holiness Lectures

posted by Ben Witherington

Dr. Joseph Dongell my colleague here at Asbury gave two superb lectures last week for our annual holiness lectures, and he has graciously allowed me to publish them here on this blog. What follows here is the first of the […]

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Anti-Evangelical Bias outstrips Anti-Semitism amongst America’s college Professors

posted by Ben Witherington

It really isn’t all that shocking to discover there is an anti-Evangelical bias amongst college professors in North America. A recent poll shows just how much this is so, and what is shocking is how much more animus is directed […]

‘God’ responds to lawsuit— Twice!

posted by Ben Witherington

Lincoln Nebraska seems like a sane enough place. But recently it has been the site where a lawsuit has been filed against God by a state senator (Ernie Chambers– see the previous blog post on this matter). Now, there have […]

Just in Time for All Hallow’s Eve– Ezekiel’s Skeleton People Show Up

posted by Ben Witherington

Prophecy in Ezekiel 37 Proved True— Story follows: (http://www.theonion.com/content/node/29976?utm_source=EMTF_Onion) —————- Archaeological Dig Uncovers Ancient Race Of Skeleton People December 8, 1999 | Issue 35•45 Related Story— Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity With New ‘Intelligent Falling’ Theory August 17, 2005 OAS_AD(AL JIZAH, […]

‘The Sorrow of God’– G. Studdert-Kennedy

posted by Ben Witherington

Kennedy was a chaplain in WWI for the British and saw the worst of human evil in the Maginot line. In this poem, done in Cockney dialect ( I have Americanized it a bit for the sake of intelligibility. It […]

Religion in the News— God gets Sued!!

posted by Ben Witherington

God, according to the Bible, is omnipresent. This means, according to State Senate from Nebraska Ernie Chambers, God can be sued, since he resides in all the U.S. of A. Specifically Senator Chambers is suing God for what the insurance […]

3:10 to Yuma– I tend to like it!

posted by Ben Witherington

I must confess to being a Russell Crowe and a Christian Bale fan, as actors at least. I must also admit to loving well done westerns, and this is one. But on the other hand, most do overs turn out […]

The Truth about Cats and Dogs

posted by Ben Witherington

Love comes in all sizes…. Your Friends will support you when you need aShoulder to lean on…. Friends are into understanding what you’re all about…. They see beyond the black and whiteTo discover your true colors…. They understand the way […]

Making a Meal of It– Rethinking the Theology of the Lord’s Supper

posted by Ben Witherington

The second book in my trilogy of small books on the ‘sacraments’ is on the Lord’s Supper. You will find the picture of the cover on the right. When I say small book, I do mean it– about 140 pages. […]

Making a Meal of It– Rethinking the Theology of the Lord’s Supper

posted by Ben Witherington

Prison Libraries Purge Christian Books

posted by Ben Witherington

I’ve done stories with Laurie Goodstein before, and she is a good reporter. Her most recent story in yesterday’s NY Times is both disturbing and not really surprising in view of the shift in the Zeitgeist of our culture. Here […]

The Gospel according to Foxworthy

posted by Ben Witherington

I must confess that I enjoy Jeff Foxworthy and his kin. I once heard him at a United Methodist annual conference meeting where I was speaking, and he brought down the house with his “you might be a United Methodist […]

Antitheses/Antipodes

posted by Ben Witherington

IOverweeningOverbearingJust pretendingNever caringBrash TalkTrash TalkCheap thrillsRaw dealsPure bravadoSo staccatoLiving largeNot in charge.LOUD WEAKNESS! IIOverwhelmingAlways daringJust authenticAlways caringCareful talkPrayerful talkWise walkReal DealLove in actionGaining tractionFull of graceThe master’s paceQuiet strength. 9/7/07 BW3

J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Children of Hurin”

posted by Ben Witherington

It is a rare thing when a work of a master writer shows up in print many many decades after all his significant work has long since been put into print. Having been less than overwhelmed by the previous efforts […]

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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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