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February 2008 Archives

The Wisdom of Children in Sunday School– Or Fractured Bible Tales

posted by Ben Witherington

The Sunday school teacher was carefully explainingthe story of Elijah the Prophet and the false prophets of Baal. She explainedhow Elijah built the altar, put wood upon it, cut the steer in pieces, and laidit upon the altar. And then, […]

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Shifting Religious Affiliations in America

posted by Ben Witherington

On a day when we learned of the death of one of the first and best true Christian rockers, Larry Norman (at 60– rest in his arms), comes the full Pew study of shifting allegiances in religious America. Here is […]

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Seeing Life thru the Mind’s Eye

posted by Ben Witherington

This morning in chapel we had an excellent sermon by Rev. Fleming Rutledge on John 9. It talked about various ways of seeing and being seen, and most especially being seen by God. It also talked about various forms of […]

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God’s ‘Harmonic’ Convergences

posted by Ben Witherington

Over the weekend I was at Kokomo Indiana doing an event for Grace UM Church, and Pastor Steve and his wife told me the following remarkable story. In the 90s, Steve was helping lead an E.O. tour in Israel with […]

The Music of North Carolina

posted by Ben Witherington

The music of North Carolina, or better said North Carolinians is both fascinating and diverse. I learned this at an early age growing up in a house full of music, as my mother was a pianist and piano teacher and […]

Coming UnDonne

posted by Ben Witherington

COMING UNDONNE— Janis and John Janis said– ‘Freedom’s just another word, For nothing left to lose’. But then she overdosed, Her life the lived out blues. Freedom isn’t sinning, For when you linger there, It’s only the beginning, But you […]

The Theology of Sovereignty and Apostasy in Revelation

posted by Ben Witherington

The following is a brief excerpt of the exposition on the theological ethics of Revelation in my forthcoming book– The Indelible Image. The excerpt below follows the detailed exegesis of Rev. 2-3 with some reflections on what Revelation is actually […]

Trouble in Middle Earth– the Tolkien family sues New Line Cinema

posted by Ben Witherington

It appears after all that Frodo didn’t quite manage to throw the ring all the way into the fires of Mordor. It’s lure must still be plaguing Middle Earth. The latest evidence that the lure of the ring is still […]

George Carlin’s New Rules for 2008

posted by Ben Witherington

George Carlin’s New Rules for 2008 [N.B. I have edited various of these in a PG kind of way :)] New Rule:Stop giving me that pop-up ad for classmates.com ! There’s a reasonyou don’t talk to people for 25 years. […]

Oprah’s New Age Jesus XM Religion Course

posted by Ben Witherington

James Foster sent me this article written by a man named Warren Smith (not to be confused with my friend Dr. Warren Smith who teaches Patristics at Duke Divinity School), who was a previous devotee of Williamson’s ‘Course in Miracles’ […]

Christian Apostasy and Hebrews 6

posted by Ben Witherington

Certainly one of the most controversial issues in theological study of the NT is whether or not there are texts in the NT which speak of the fact that genuine Christians are capable of committing apostasy. There are numerous texts […]

Old Wisdom

posted by Ben Witherington

Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, “How old was your husband?” “98,” she replied. “Two years older than me.” “So you’re 96,” the undertaker commented. She responded, “Hardly worth going […]

“The Bucket List”– Kickin’ It!

posted by Ben Witherington

Picture me trying to take my 91 year old dad and 81 year old mom to the movies. There’s Dad with his cane, and mom with the macular degeneration. And Me. And for sure, there are very few movies that […]

Need a Lift–Call Jesus

posted by Ben Witherington

I was driving and I saw a billboard that said: “Need help?? callJesus.” 1-800-005-3787 Out of curiosity I called. A Mexican showed up with a tow truck.

Mortality and Immorality—Sermon for Ash Wednesday

posted by Ben Witherington

ASH WEDNESDAY—MORTALITY AND IMMORALITY Text: Lk. 18.9-14 The term Lent comes from the English word Lenten which in turn comes from the English word lengthen, referring to the season of the lengthening of the days. Ash Wednesday is the first […]

Beatles Beamed– ‘Across the Universe’

posted by Ben Witherington

My son sent me the following press release from NASA———————- NASA AND THE BEATLES CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARIES BY BEAMING SONG ‘ACROSS THE UNIVERSE’ INTO DEEP SPACE WASHINGTON — For the first time ever, NASA will beam a song — TheBeatles’ “Across […]

The ‘Unbearable’ Lightness of Being

posted by Ben Witherington

Meet Mr. Bear. He may look fine in this top picture, but he just lost several years off his life. I mean, he had to be lowered in a net back down to the ground, because as you can see […]

‘There Will be Blood’— But Not Jesus’ Blood

posted by Ben Witherington

Take a look at the cover of this book. Look closely. We have the old italic font, so beloved of Bible printers of the KJV. ‘There Will be Blood’ does everything in its power to convey to you that this […]

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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