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The Odyssey and the Iliad– Riding the Orient Express

posted by Ben Witherington

When I was growing up I used to love to read both Marvel Comics and Mad Magazine. They were a source of no little enjoyment and fun. I remember a particular edition of Mad Magazine where they parodied the Odyssey […]

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The Rise of the Young Reformed Enthusiasts

posted by Ben Witherington

Tom McCall, a TEDS graduate has recently given an interesting talk about the resurgence of Calvinism amongst the young, including young scholars.What is especially interesting about it, is he gives it from an Arminian or Methodist perspective, and it is […]

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On Choosing a Translation

posted by Ben Witherington

Please find here a link to a lecture I have given at Asbury on how to choose a proper Bible translation for you. You will find similar guidance in a chapter in my book The Living Word of God. This […]

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Decisions on Earth Ratified in Heaven- the Opposite of Predestination

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the more interesting sayings of Jesus with equally interesting theological implications is found in Mt. 18.18–” I tell you whatever you (i.e. Peter and the gang) bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose […]

Tyler Hansbrough to Return to the Hill for his Senior Year!

posted by Ben Witherington

I have to confess something. Tyler Hansbrough may be the pride of Poplar Bluff Mo. but he is quickly becoming my all-time favorite Tar Heel. And today he announced he is coming back for his senior season. Christmas just came […]

Ehrman vs. Wright on the Problem of Suffering. Whose Right?

posted by Ben Witherington

My friend and fellow blogger Mark Roberts has just posted the following, which I am copying to you. Check it out. BW3——————- Excellent Discussion on the Problem of Suffering By Mark D. Roberts | Thursday, April 24, 2008 Beliefnet.com is […]

A SHOUT OUT TO THOSE NAZBOS!!!

posted by Ben Witherington

This is frankly the UTube Christian video of the year thus far for me. Props to all those rappin’ Nazarenes out there in the heartland. Get on up with your Good Self, Kanye and Eminem ain’t got nothin’ on you. […]

Spong on Witherington– A Momentary Lapse of Reason?

posted by Ben Witherington

“I found the quote from one Ben Witherington to be quite amusing. In the first place, I have never met this gentleman nor have I read anything that he has written. My assumption is that his work is not read […]

Quote of the Day– $3 dollars worth of God

posted by Ben Witherington

It has been said that too many Americans have been innoculated with a slight case of Christianity that is preventing them from getting the real thing. Perhaps this has something to do with how much of God people really want. […]

NT Rhetoric– a Handbook

posted by Ben Witherington

Some of you are politely relentless (if that isn’t an oxymoron). One of the things various of you folks in the blogosphere have been bugging me about is explaining the whole business about rhetoric, and using rhetoric to analyze the […]

NOT THE ROCK OF AGES

posted by Ben Witherington

You know how your past comes back to haunt you. Well, ZonePerfect took my picture while I was in Jacksonville, and then posterized me on three make believe album covers. Here they are. Flattering is not the word I would […]

The United Methodist General Conference– April 23-May 2

posted by Ben Witherington

Once every four years, representative clergy and laity of every United Methodist Annual Conference meet to discuss and enact important legislation that thereafter represents the official stance of the United Methodist Church on issues as varied as theology, ethics, church […]

No Payne, No Gain– Pinehurst No. 2

posted by Ben Witherington

Pinehurst No. 2, one of the greatest of all golf courses in the world, is also clearly, at least in terms of its greens, one of the most difficult courses in the world, and it sure humbled me on April […]

POPE BENEDICT VISITS AMERICA

posted by Ben Witherington

For the world’s one billion Roman Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI is very important indeed. In fact, one could say he is the most important Christian in the world of any sort, by one sort of evaluation. Certainly if one evaluates […]

‘Yes sir that’s my Baby’

posted by Ben Witherington

In response to the request to know more about my family, here are a couple of pictures of my baby girl (she ain’t no baby, no mo’) who was born Aug. 14, 1979. She is engaged to be married to […]

The Debate Dawkins would rather Forget

posted by Ben Witherington

Rabbi Smuley Boteach (yes, Virginia that’s his real name– how appropriate for a teacher) is one of my favorite rabbis. He is engaged and engaging on a whole host of issues, one of which is the issue of atheism. He […]

Dialogue at Duke– Paul and Women

posted by Ben Witherington

Dr. A.J. Levine and I last night, April 7th, at Duke Divinity School had a cordial and enjoyable dialogue on the much belabored subject of Paul and Women. The audio, and perhaps also the video will soon be posted on […]

‘Leatherheads’–A Barrel of Fun

posted by Ben Witherington

In Kentucky, George Clooney is big. Born in Maysville and related to that other famous Kentuckian of the same name Rosemary Clooney, George can hardly do any wrong in this state. Shoot, his movie even premiered in little ole Maysville, […]

‘The Year of Living Biblically’– An Ode to Biblical Literalism

posted by Ben Witherington

I have to tell you that my favorite book of the year thus far is one I picked up in one of the many airports I traverse through– ‘The Year of Living Biblically’, A.J. Jacob’s hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking tale […]

The British Interview with BW3

posted by Ben Witherington

Here is a link to an interview with me done with a British interviewer Andy Cheung from Midlands Bible College (N.B. There are some errors in the interview, for instance its Matthew and John not Mark and John that I […]

From ‘your’ Vantage Point

posted by Ben Witherington

Certainly one of the main talking points in post-modern society is the issue of point of view. By this I mean that the theorists of knowing that are influenced by Derrida and Foucault have been arguing for some time that […]

The Wrath of Katrina

posted by Ben Witherington

The beginning of the tidal wave coming ashore in Miss.The funnel clouds form.The rains begin.The sky turns strange colors. The appropriate response to seeing such things is– get in the car and drive as far away as you can as […]

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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