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PROSPERITY GOSPEL PRAISE OFFER!

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Relating the OT and NT Thought Worlds

posted by Ben Witherington

N.B. This is an excerpt from the draft of the second volume of my forthcoming study of NT theology and ethics called The Indelible Image (Inter-Varsity Press) RELATING THE OT AND NT THOUGHT WORLDS While it would be possible to […]

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An IGOD? Cartoon of the Day

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THE NEW ROB BELL BOOK— A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted by Ben Witherington

Jesus Wants to Save Christians, by Rob Bell and Don Golden, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008), $19.99 (224 pages) Due out in October. I thoroughly enjoy the creative material that comes out of Rob Bell’s grace-filled and artistic brain. Even when […]

Methodism founder Charles Wesley’s secret code diary cracked by Anglican priest

posted by Ben Witherington

Charles Wesley is one of the most interesting of all the early Methodists, not least because of the kind of relationship he had with his older brother John. Some long time ago, Richard Heitzenrater and other fine Methodist scholars decoded […]

Smith’s Museum of Stained Glass

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the best kept secrets in all of Chicago is the Smith Museum of Stained Glass on Navy Pier, which we visited a week ago. Its free, its spectacular, and here is just a sample. You will notice that […]

Eric Liddle– A Christian for the Ages

posted by Ben Witherington

One of my all time favorite movies with a Christian theme is the 1981 film entitled ‘Chariots of Fire’ a story about two runners, one a Jewish Englishman named Harold Abrams, one a Scottish Evangelical named Eric Liddle who both […]

The Great Troubadours and their Albums

posted by Ben Witherington

One category we haven’t much talked about are the balladeers or troubadours. Some of these artists would be categorized as folk, some as country, some as bluegrass, some as folk rock, but they are certainly all on the penumbra of […]

The Biblical and Impressionist Art of the Art Institute of Chicago

posted by Ben Witherington

Over the weekend we went and visited our Russian daughter who is starting her PhD in Chicago. One of our main and favorite stop was at the Art Institute on Michigan Ave. What you see in these pictures includes figures […]

Reeling in the Years— My ten Favorite Live Rock Concerts

posted by Ben Witherington

In the wake of the huge response to the previous rock n’ roll posts, I offer the list of the ten best concerts I have seen and would love to have captured on my reel to reel recorder. Of course […]

RETHINKING ELECTION, IN AN ELECTION YEAR :)

posted by Ben Witherington

—- N.B. I continue to work away on my two volume NT Theology, entitled The Indelible Image. Here is a preliminary sampling from the second volume where I am pulling together the threads and looking at topics in a holistic […]

The Best Bands and their Best Lps in Rock n’ Roll Heaven

posted by Ben Witherington

It was a hot steamy day, and I was in Woolworth’s going through the now marked down 45’s (for those of you who are technology challenged those were really small records that played at 45 revolutions per minute). I found […]

A CARPENTER’S CONFESSION

posted by Ben Witherington

All of us must make a livingEven on a holiday week,I had my family to think of,Our finances looked pretty bleak. But on that day I made a huge errorWorking down Golgotha wayAnd here comes a Roman processionRuining my whole […]

The Best Songwriters in Rock n’ Roll Heaven

posted by Ben Witherington

—————A few caveats about this category: 1) we are going to include folk-rockers, country-rockers, and pop-rockers in this list because we aren’t doing another one. This is not a list of the best rock and roll bands (that’s for a […]

Guitar Heroes in Rock n’ Roll Heaven

posted by Ben Witherington

Let’s start with the big three who ALL played in the Yardbirds in the 60s (though not all at the same time) 1) Eric Clapton2) Jimmy Page and3) Jeff Beck To these we must of course add quite a few […]

Britain is Repossessing America— I’m John Cleese, and I approved this Message

posted by Ben Witherington

————-Britain is Repossessing the U.S.A. —-A Message from John Cleese To the citizens of the United States of America: “In light of your failure to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby […]

Paul on Money, Ministry, and Work

posted by Ben Witherington

N.B. The following is an excerpt from a book I am working on, on Money in the NT. Enjoy…..but take off your bling while reading it —————————- CHAPTER SEVEN: PAUL—ON WORK, REMUNERATION, AND THE LOVE OF MONEY “The rule is […]

Honey I Blew up the Church– Let’s Hit the Beach

posted by Ben Witherington

O.K., I did not see this story coming. It seems that in a desperate attempt to capture the Italian beach going public in August, nuns and priests are now transporting an inflatable ‘convent’, which blows up to 98 feet in […]

The Voices in Rock n’ Roll Heaven

posted by Ben Witherington

It’s a sad truth, but nonetheless a truth, that the rock and roll era is mostly over, after a half a century of changing the landscape of popular music. I was fortunate enough to be along for the full ride, […]

Lost and Found– a Student critique of Ehrman’s ‘Lost Christianities’

posted by Ben Witherington

The following is a seminar paper presented by one of my doctoral students which I thought was a useful critique of Bart Ehrman’s popular work on ‘Lost Christianities.BW3 ALTERNATIVE VIEWS OF CANON AND CULTURE: AN ANALYSIS OF EHRMAN’S LOST CHRISTIANITIES […]

A Pastoral Yogi-ism of the Day

posted by Ben Witherington

Though I am a diehard member of the Red Sox nation, I must confess I have always had a soft spot in my heart for that master of the malaprop– Yogi Berra. And so, in an ‘ecumenical’ gesture I offer […]

A Pair of Sailors Para-Sailing at Myrtle Beach

posted by Ben Witherington

For our son David’s 26th birthday we decided to treat him to para-sailing at our favorite beach– North Myrtle Beach. So as the Styx song says “come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with us….”

‘Watchmen’–Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

posted by Ben Witherington

———– For some time my son has been urging me to read the graphic novel ‘Watchmen’. After going and seeing a ‘graphic novel’ of Frank Miller’s on the big screen (i.e. 300), I was intrigued. Dave kept telling me I […]

What did Golgotha and the Tomb look like?

posted by Ben Witherington

Here are two interesting recreations of Golgotha and the tomb of Jesus which are worth pondering. Thanks to Justin Taylor for sending them along. http://theologica.blogspot.com/2008/07/what-did-calvary-look-like-interview.html http://theologica.blogspot.com/2008/07/what-did-jesus-tomb-look-like-interview.html

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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