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December 2007 Archives

The Forensic League— The Great Debaters

posted by Ben Witherington

Denzel Washington has only put his hand to directing two movies– the story of Antwon Fisher, and now The Great Debaters. This one differs from the previous effort in that Washington is also playing a very major role in this […]

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The Stars Come out at Christmas– ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’

posted by Ben Witherington

It is not often that one has both an all star script writer (in this case Aaron Sorkin of ‘West Wing’ fame), and an all star cast (Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Phillip Seymour Hoffman) in a sort of harmonic convergence […]

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Recently Appearing on a Post Office Wall

posted by Ben Witherington

Last seen: On CBS 48 Hours Mystery Christmas night 2007 Nicknames– Gentle Ben aka. Gentile Ben Known Associates: Those Wesleyan types– also fond of Pentecostals, Mennonites, Amish, and other pacifistic sorts Known to have Friendly Arguments with: Dispensationalists, Calvinists, Liberals, […]

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Yikes–That Faces Rings a Bell!

posted by Ben Witherington

Over at www.chuckp3.com/ they apparently do cloning, mind-melding and other such difficult tasks. Their latest efforts have produced that formidable tandem Bell Witherington, see picture included here. Since I do wear glasses the least they could have done is give […]

Christmas Poems

posted by Ben Witherington

Several of you have asked for my Christmas poems– here are several of the ones most requested. THE BONDING A cold and listless season, And full of cheerless cheer, When hopes are raised and dashed again And joy dissolves in […]

‘The Glory=Salvation of God’– ‘All Flesh will see it Together’

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the major and glorious choral sections in Handel’s ‘Messiah’ has the choir singing over and over about ‘the glory of the Lord, which all flesh will see together’. This is, of course, a repetition of Isaiah 40.5. Luke, […]

‘I Am Legend’– Where there’s a Will…..

posted by Ben Witherington

Okay so there are zombies in Manhattan, so…. what else is new? Everybody knows that– just look at the number of Starbucks there are in New York. But seriously, Will Smith has come a long way since ‘Fresh Prince of […]

What Christmas Meant to C.S. Lewis

posted by Ben Witherington

Certainly one of my great heroes is C.S. Lewis, who, as providence would have, died on the very same day as J.F.K., but whose parting was not nearly as scrutinized as that of our young President. Our former Asbury student, […]

Christmas Shopping– What Should it Look Like?

posted by Ben Witherington

The senior minister at my home church, Myers Park UMC in Charlotte, Dr. James Howell is both a fine minister and a fine scholar as well. He kindly sends me his e-posts to his congregation. The following post is of […]

Seven World Views Christian’s are Up Against

posted by Ben Witherington

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/rick.warren.six.worldviews.youre.competing.against/13420.html Rick Warren has staked out six world views he thinks Christians are confronted with on a regular basis. You will find the link above to the Christianity Today article. What seems entirely lacking in these six is a reference […]

Deck the Malls with Guns and the Gory

posted by Ben Witherington

Fellow bloggers Hugh Hewitt and Glenn Reynolds have had a good deal to say about the mess in Colorado at Ted Haggard’s old church in Colorado Springs and at the missionary training center. Here is what they said. “The Bravest […]

Ephesians 1.6– ‘to the praise of God’s glorious grace’

posted by Ben Witherington

I was asked of late –“could it be clearer than Ephes. 1.6 that God simply does what he does for his own glory?” Let’s be clear— the Greek of Ephes. 1.6 says that God does it ‘to the praise of […]

Star of Wonder

posted by Ben Witherington

Neil Folberg’s wonderful book ‘Celestial Night’ with stunning black and white night time shots of the Holy Land would make for a wonderful Christmas gift. Here are two of those pictures– firstly the shot of the Gush Halav synagogue ruins […]

ANGER MANAGEMENT

posted by Ben Witherington

When something is really annoying you and you are about to have an angry outburst, it’s always better to sit down, get on top of the problem, and devise a plan before you have a ‘cat-astrophe’ and do something you’ll […]

No Inn in the Room– a Christmas Sermon on Lk. 2.1-7

posted by Ben Witherington

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that census should be taken of the entire Roman world (This was the census that was taken before Quirinius was governor of Syria). And all went to their own towns to register. […]

You’re ALL Wet

posted by Ben Witherington

It was a very tough fall this fall in the old South. The chief cause of difficulties was the drought which struck us all. While it could be said that it was not a drought of Biblical proportions, you know […]

The Zeitgeist of the ‘Zeitgeist Movie’

posted by Ben Witherington

Almost fifty years ago, in the early 1970s a French philosopher named Jean-Pierre Lyotard began what was callled post-modern thinking. Post-modern thinking in its rudimentary form involved the deconstruction of all the major meta-narratives of modernity, particularly western modernity. This […]

Rob Bell just in Time

posted by Ben Witherington

There is a nice new piece in Time magazine that I have been helping with for some time on Rob Bell written by David van Biema, one of the very best writers on religion in America. Here is the link—The […]

Podcast on the Christian and his Intellectual Life

posted by Ben Witherington

There is a new Christian studies center being launched at my son’s alma mater, the University of Kentucky and the center has a website and is putting up inaugural podcasts. One of them involved an interview with me. You will […]

Tis the Season to be Jolly, with Humor for Pun and Profit

posted by Ben Witherington

* Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. * Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now. * The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round […]

Ministry– the Vocation with Greatest Job Satisfaction?

posted by Ben Witherington

In a recent Special Report issue, America by the Numbers, some very revealing things came to light. The portion of the report which most interested me was the chart on the happiest people by job. 67% of all ministers say […]

SETTLED

posted by Ben Witherington

Clodhoppers and sodbusters Creeping across the plains, Finding their own domain, Wanderlust finally waned, Settled. Thrill seekers and risk takers Pushing the envelope Racing up the slope Until they couldn’t cope Settled. Mate seekers and date seekers Combing the internet […]

The Bible Experience– a Great Christmas Gift

posted by Ben Witherington

I got home from the SBL to find waiting for me this huge box from Zondervan. Christmas came quite early. Perhaps you are not much into audio books. Perhaps you do not spend a lot of time riding in a […]

Did Christ Come to Please Himself?

posted by Ben Witherington

In the Advent season above all seasons, we need to know the character of our God and of his Christ well, so we can understand why God sent forth his only begotten Son– namely because he loved the world and […]

Demonizing Judas– the Gospel of Judas Revisited

posted by Ben Witherington

Doubtless you will remember the great fanfare with which the Gospel of Judas (see the picture on the left) was unveiled. Hailed as a new window into the historical Judas and his relationship with Jesus, the translators and commentators informed […]

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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