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October 2007 Archives

The Living Word of God (in an Age of Truth Decay)

posted by Ben Witherington

The third volume in my little trilogy on the Protestant ‘sacraments’ (baptism, the Lord’s Supper, the Word of God) is now out, and honestly I think it is one of the best and most practical books I have ever written. […]

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Charles Wesley Rocks Your Chains Off

posted by Ben Witherington

Who knew that Charles Wesley, that great writer of over 6,000 hymns, was a closet rocker? But now we have the proof in the form of a brand new CD– Prisoner of Hope. Here is the basic info– go to […]

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Puns for All Hallow’s Eve

posted by Ben Witherington

For those of you who don’t know the history of how holy days became holidays, including All Hallow’s Eve and All Saints Day, I would encourage you to read about All Saint’s Day by Googling it. Me personally I will […]

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Memo to Mr. Osteen from John Wesley

posted by Ben Witherington

“I fear, wherever riches have increased, the essence of religion has decreased in the same proportion. Therefore, I do not see how it is possible, in the nature of things, for any revival of religion to continue long. For religion […]

Cutting a Covenant, and when Covenant People can’t Cut it

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the most valuable part of my education over thirty years ago at Gordon-Conwell Seminary was learning the nature of covenanting, or making treaties in antiquity. Meredith Kline, one of my OT professors was brilliant when it came to […]

‘Gone Baby Gone’- A Modern Morality Play

posted by Ben Witherington

Perhaps you remember ‘Good Will Hunting’. It was a promising beginning for Ben Afleck and his buddy Matt Damon, both of whom hail from the Boston area. But there lives went in very different direction after that. Matt Damon went […]

No Reincarnation without Legal Permission in China

posted by Ben Witherington

You have got to love it. The Chinese government, in order to have some control over certain social aspects of Buddhism in China has issued Order No. 5– from the Administration of Religious Affairs. Cutting to the chase basically this […]

Lost– The Parables, not the TV Show

posted by Ben Witherington

The following was my sermon Sunday Oct. 21 at First UMC Lexington, Ky. See what you think.BW3——— LOST—THE PARABLES, NOT THE TV SHOW— Lk. 15.1-10 A. LOST If I were to ask you what the opposite of lose is, you […]

Beautiful Turkey– from the Air

posted by Ben Witherington

I must confess to being prejudiced. After spending a lot of years in the lands of the Bible, my favorite, in terms of the visual side of things and the cordiality of the people and the variety of OT and […]

The Debate about God’s Existence Heats up in ole Alabama

posted by Ben Witherington

There was a recent, and surprisingly civil, debate between Richard Dawkins and John Lennox (a mathematician) in Birmingham Ala. They are both Oxfordians. This is the first time Dawkins has ventured into the Bible Belt for a debate, a region […]

More Children’s Letters to God

posted by Ben Witherington

Here are a few more real letters from young children to God. Clearly they think honesty is the best policy when it comes to talking to the Almighty

Michael Clayton– The Truth can Be Adjusted

posted by Ben Witherington

In the shadowy world of relativism, there is no darker corner than the American legal system where ‘truth’ can be bought, sold, adjusted, revamped, distorted, sanitized, protected, defended, attacked, and a host of other things. Americans have a difficult time […]

Love– as Defined by Children

posted by Ben Witherington

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, “What does love mean?”The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think: “When my grandmother got […]

No Halo for Halo 3

posted by Ben Witherington

I have had an interesting exchange with my son this week, who has indeed played Halo 3, though he is hardly seems enamored with it. But he knew so much more about gaming and provided so much good information that […]

What Price Relevance, What Effect Effectiveness?

posted by Ben Witherington

The latest event in the world of video games is the appearance of Halo 3– a violent star wars sort of game which has a rating of M, as in for mature audiences only. Now normally that sort of rating […]

SACRED TEXTS IN AN ORAL CULTURE—How Did They Function?

posted by Ben Witherington

What follows on this blog entry is the first of the four Parchman lectures I gave at Truett Seminary at Baylor University this week. ————— Ours is a text based culture, a culture of written documents. You need look no […]

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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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