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March 2008 Archives

The Year of the Lectureship

posted by Ben Witherington

This academic year, 2007-08 has involved my giving a variety of lectures and doing a variety of lectureships in a variety of places, to say the least. In the fall I did the Strauss lectures at Lincoln Christian College and […]

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On Authenticating Ossuary Inscriptions– Gabriel Barkay’s 10 Commandments

posted by Ben Witherington

In his compelling lecture on how a scholar should go about establishing the authenticity of an ancient inscription, whether on an ossuary or in some other form, Barkay provides us with 10 points that need to followed to get to […]

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posted by Ben Witherington

DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN…? All the girls had ugly gym uniforms? It took five minutes for the TV warm up? Nearly everyone’s Mom was at home when the kids got home from school? Nobody owned a purebred dog? When a […]

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Dr. Seuss’ –‘Horton Hears a Who’

posted by Ben Witherington

There are certainly not many G rated movies any more. When I was growing up, back at the dawn of time when the earth was still cooling, there were plenty of them, and the movie makers never wanted to get […]

Rolling the Stone in front of the Jesus Tomb Theory

posted by Ben Witherington

An article just appeared in National Review about the actual outcome of the Princeton Conference in January which among other things discussed the controversial Jesus tomb theory about the Talpiot tomb. Here is the link: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YmQwZjI5NWQ4Zjg1NTlkYjgzY2Y4NGExOTNiYTE1YTE= In terms of fair […]

REJUVENATION

posted by Ben Witherington

The image here is a bit dark, but then it is Nikolai Ge’s Painting ‘The Harbingers of Resurrection’ The picture is of Mary Magdalene coming from the empty tomb, face uplifted to the rising sun, having seen the risen Jesus. […]

Easter Miracles– Russian Style

posted by Ben Witherington

“I’ll believe Jesus rose from the dead,” said the angry Communist, ” when the atheist leader of the Soviet Union becomes a Christian.” These remarks, of course were typical during the years of the Soviet Empire and the Iron Curtain. […]

Deepak Chopra’s Buddhist Jesus

posted by Ben Witherington

In his new book “The Third Jesus: The Christ we Can’t Ignore’ Deepak Chopra sets up a discussion of Jesus first as a historical figure, then as Christianity’s Son of God, a creation of dogma, and finally of the mystical […]

Nouwen’s Insights– on Waiting on the Lord

posted by Ben Witherington

During a difficult season in my Christian life, Henri Nouwen provided me with manna from heaven, water in a weary and dry place and guidance on spiritual formation that I still live out of. I would say he is certainly […]

A FAST CALL TO SLOW DOWN— MANDATUM THURSDAY

posted by Ben Witherington

In the Gospels, when the Evangelists get to Passion Week the narrative slows down, even to the point of giving us an hour by hour, blow by blow account for some parts of the story. We have arrived at prime […]

Bart Ehrman’s New Book– God’s Problem

posted by Ben Witherington

Well its Holy Week, and of course we have come to expect bombshells lobbed at the church by various pundits during this week, and right on cue we have a new book by Bart Ehrman that suggests “we can’t believe […]

New Time Article on Rob Bell’s Take on early Judaism (and Mine)

posted by Ben Witherington

You might not realize it from the most recent article in Time about Rob Bell and myself, but I am a Rob Bell fan, and am very grateful for numerous things he is doing for Christ. I do have an […]

Southern Baptists Turn Green (or at least Go Green)

posted by Ben Witherington

In a move that will surprise many, various Southern Baptist leaders have decided to support a declaration on climate change. This involves some 44 significant Baptist leaders and it marks a departure from the position on global warming adopted by […]

Things We Did Not Learn in Seminary

posted by Ben Witherington

My former student Omar, has sent me the preaching sample of the week. In this sermon clip from You Tube you will learn: 1) how for a Christian male to be a real man; 2) what’s wrong with America and […]

Earl Doherty’s ‘The Jesus Puzzle’ — An Exercise in Mythmaking

posted by Ben Witherington

In a post-modern post-Christian age where atheism has gained some new life, it was to be expected that there would be some persons who thought it might now be possible to make Jesus and Christianity vanish without a trace through […]

The New Perspective on Paul and the Law– Reviewed

posted by Ben Witherington

The following is a brief section from my forthcoming two volume work on NT Theology and Ethics, entitled The Indelible Image. This portion of course is a subsection of the chapter on Paul.———————— The ‘New Perspective’ on Paul There is […]

Why So Many of the Disciples Continued to be Fishermen on the Weekends

posted by Ben Witherington

My sister sent me this one, so don’t shoot me— BW3 ——————- A young man from Minnesota moves to Florida and goes to a big “everything under one roof” department store looking for a job. The Manager says, “Do you […]

Three Good Arguments that Jesus was a….???

posted by Ben Witherington

There were 3 good arguments that Jesus was Jewish: 1.He went into his father’s business. 2. He lived at home until he was 33 3. He was sure his Mother was a virgin and his MotherWas sure He was God […]

Jesus vs. Satan– the Computing Showdown

posted by Ben Witherington

Jesus and Satan were having an ongoing argument about who was better on the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was tired of hearing all the bickering. Finally fed up, God said, “THAT’S IT! […]

Your Quicky Tour of Biblically Relevant Empires

posted by Ben Witherington

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WORK IN PROGRESS– A THEOLOGY OF WORK

posted by Ben Witherington

I am working away on a new book which will be a companion to the already published Incandescence, the collection of my sermons with spiritual formation exercises set up for the Christian Year. The new book authored with Julie Robertson […]

No Room for Eternity in California

posted by Ben Witherington

Meet your friendly neighborhood minister. His name is Jim Nimmons and he lives in a city named, wait for it, Cathedral City, California. You will learn in a minute why that name is ironic at this point. You’ll find the […]

CHRISTIAN CLICHES

posted by Ben Witherington

Christian One Liners Don’t let your worries get thebest of you; remember, Moses startedout as a basket case. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* Many folks want to serve […]

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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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