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January 2008 Archives

‘No Country for Old Men’– Is No Movie for the Faint of Heart

posted by Ben Witherington

Movies about psychopathic killers ‘with rules and principles’ are not the usual fare of Oscar nominations, at least not for best picture, but ‘No Country for Old Men’ is an exception to most rules for sure. This movie has been […]

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More Talpiot Tomb Stories

posted by Ben Witherington

Not surprisingly the Jerusalem Post, (which btw made several mistakes in reporting the recent conference in Jerusalem sponsored by Princeton), has now published a further series of articles saying that Ultra Orthodox Jews (the heredi council) are unlikely to agree […]

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Babies Sweet enough to Eat

posted by Ben Witherington

My Florida cousins sent me these pictures. Believe it or not, there is a woman who makes marzipan babies– yes babies made out of frosting! And here are the pictures to prove it. This woman has some serious talent. Having […]

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The Life of an Airhead– Those who Spend Too Much Time in the Air

posted by Ben Witherington

You know you spend too much time in airplanes and airports when: 1) The TSA people at your home airport know you by name 2) The ticket counter people from all the airlines know you by name 3) The stewardesses […]

Canny Carnoustie and Delightful Durham

posted by Ben Witherington

Behold the clubhouse at Carnoustie in Dundee, Scotland. The day was 1 /16/ o8, and the weather was bonny. The next picture is of me with my doctoral student at St. Andrews Aaron Kuecker. This word just in– he beat […]

The Jesus Tomb Redux–the Jerusalem Conference

posted by Ben Witherington

Gadflies enjoying buzzing around dead meat. In fact they are positively attracted to it, precisely because it produces ‘buzz’. The news this past week provided us with a perfect illustration of this principle. There was a conference in Jerusalem sponsored […]

Rethinking the Number of the Beast

posted by Ben Witherington

The following was sent to me by one of my students, who in turn got it from a UMC Church source– This just shows that it is not true at all that the United Methodist Church is uninterested in apocalyptic […]

THE FIRST MAJOR DISCUSSION OF THE YEAR– ‘THE WILL OF GOD’

posted by Ben Witherington

Its time for us to have one of our lengthy theological discussions of the year, and since this is the time of year where Christians and others tend to ask–‘What is the will of God for my life this year?’, […]

‘Atonement’– Is it Humanly Possible?

posted by Ben Witherington

We are now entering the time of year I call the ‘dead zone’ because it usually lacks movies of Oscar caliber. This may be my last review for a while. Nothing much tends to show up of that sort between […]

Stephen Colbert on Protestantism

posted by Ben Witherington

Stephen Colbert, that faux conservative commentator who has his own Comedy show ‘The Colbert Report’ has now published a book ‘I Am an American (and So Can You!)’. Yes, you read that right. My son the pundit gave me this […]

‘Juno’– A 21rst Century 60s Film

posted by Ben Witherington

This afternoon, for an hour and thirty six minutes, I was beguiled by a little ‘indie’ film starring Ellen Page, with co-stars such as Allison Janney and Jennifer Garner and especially J.K. Simmons who is fantastic as Juno’s Dad. The […]

AN AMERICAN’S PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR

posted by Ben Witherington

Lord God: I am almighty tired of all that is tawdry and cheap about Christianity in America. I am tired of the chest thumping assumptions about God being on ‘our side’. I weary of those who equate their brand of […]

Christmas in Europe

posted by Ben Witherington

Ah yes Christmas in Europe, complete with Boxing Day in the U.K. (no it has nothing to do with pugilism) and the pope’s Urbi et Orbi speech, and Christmas crackers (no you don’t eat them). My ever jovial sister sent […]

AKEDAH

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 […]

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 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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