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November 2007 Archives

The Film that Cried ‘Beowulf’

posted by Ben Witherington

Robert Zemeckis is a fine director of films, but even he must have thought he had bitten off more than he could chew by attempting to do a 3-D film which is mostly CG and part real actors blended together, […]

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Red Sox Nation Celebrates a Championship

posted by Ben Witherington

There are gravestones in New England which have as their epitaphs– ‘he didn’t live long enough to see the Red Sox win the World Series’. Until 2004, there were few who could even vaguely recall the last World Series championship– […]

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Mission: Hong Kong

posted by Ben Witherington

This will be mostly a photo essay of my time in Hong Kong. I went to give lectures on my Revelation commentary at the end of August on the occasion of its translation into Mandarin, and expected a few hundred […]

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The Qumran Exhibit at the SBL in San Diego

posted by Ben Witherington

The week before Thanksgiving every year, the Society of Biblical Literature holds its annual meeting. This year the meeting was in beautiful San Diego (normal daily temps raise from 53 to 68 or so F.) One of the special features […]

“For God so loved Himself?” Is God a Narcissist?

posted by Ben Witherington

I was recently reading through the proofs of a new book on New Testament Theology, and it was stated that the most basic theme or thesis of NT theology is –‘God magnifying himself through Jesus Christ by means of the […]

The Light of the World

posted by Ben Witherington

A VOTERS GUIDE FOR THINKING EVANGELICALS—ONE YEAR OUT

posted by Ben Witherington

I am off to the National SBL meeting (Society of Biblical Literature), and whilst I am away I thought I would leave this for you to bat around. I shall return to the blogosphere next week. A lot of heat, […]

THE SAD TRUTH ABOUT SORROW (for Joni)

posted by Ben Witherington

That winsome melancholy Always became you, Or you became it Three shades of blue ‘Don’t interrupt the sorrow’ You once admonished But when joy peaked through clouds You were astonished. Why must we major In such minor keys, As if […]

Roman Catholic Women to be Ordained as Priests— in St. Louis Synagogue!

posted by Ben Witherington

O.K., I didn’t see this one coming. I knew about the Womenpriests movement, a small number of Catholic women who have either ordained themselves or gotten themselves ordained (about 100 of them now worldwide, 37 in the U.S.), and I […]

Things to Ponder

posted by Ben Witherington

My sister Laura gets full credit for sending me these things to ponder….. If none of them produces a smile, then you need to go eat a few prunes. —————— I used to eat a lot of natural foods until […]

‘Across the Universe’ and ‘Into the Wild’

posted by Ben Witherington

Sean Penn has now directed four movies, and this two hour and 27 minute film is surely the best of the bunch. The movie is based rather closely on the true story of a honors graduate from Emory University, whose […]

The Word as Sacrament

posted by Ben Witherington

Traditionally, Protestants have recognized only two sacraments—baptism and the Lord’s Supper. There has been some debate about this amongst the more high church Protestants, but basically the position has been the same throughout recent church history. What is interesting about […]

AKEDAH– The Bind

posted by Ben Witherington

Did he ponder Isaac Whilst hanging on the cross A last second substitute Before all was lost? Is this why he cried out ‘My God, My God’ so loud Showing disappointment Before a hostile crowd? Would God not intervene, Offer […]

American Gangster– The Godfather Revisited

posted by Ben Witherington

Frank Lucas was a native son of Greensboro North Carolina, only fifteen minutes from where I grew up. It amazes me that I may well have crossed his path half a century ago, and of course not known it. He […]

Prosperity Preachers to be Audited by a Republican Senator!

posted by Ben Witherington

In the ‘it’s about time department’ a series of mostly Prosperity TV Evangelists are going to have to face financial accountability at the hands of a Republican Senator! Truly, the eschaton is at hand. Here is the link to Laurie […]

‘The Golden Compass’– Does Not Point toTrue North

posted by Ben Witherington

I am not a person that is much in favor of banning things. For one thing it usually backfires (although the banning of the ‘Da Vinci Code’ movie after a brief release in China, seems to have accomplished some of […]

Parchman Lectures Now Online

posted by Ben Witherington

Three of my Parchman lectures given at Baylor last month are now available online…. Here’s the links—- Witherington #1 http://www.baylortv.com/video.php?id=001319Witherington #2 http://www.baylortv.com/video.php?id=001320Witherington #3 http://www.baylortv.com/video.php?id=001321

The Assassination of Jesse James– Bad Boys, Bad Boys Whatcha Gonna Do?

posted by Ben Witherington

Jesse James was an outlaw. Indeed he was a ruthless killer and thief. He was also the son of a Baptist minister, and a family man. He led two lives– one as Thomas Howard, and one as the bad hombre […]

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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