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September 2008 Archives

Jews and Muslims Celebrating in Jerusalem

posted by Ben Witherington

Both Jews and Muslims have a ritual calendar which is lunar, not solar. This is why Passover, Hanukkah, etc. move around in the calendar and the same can be said about the Muslim celebrations such as Ramadan. I’ve been in […]

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Is there A Christian View of Politics?

posted by Ben Witherington

My friend James Howell, pastor of Myers Park UMC, always writes thoughtful columns on important subjects. Here is a recent one of his on politics.—– So what is the Christian angle on politics in America? Aren’t we supposed to buy […]

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In God We Trust– an Essay on the Idolatry of Security

posted by Ben Witherington

————-I have just returned from a first rate symposium on the issue of security (political, spiritual, eternal, economic and other forms) where a group of theologians, Biblical scholars and ethicists gathered to discuss what the Bible had to say about […]

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AN EVANGELICAL VOTERS GUIDE-SIX WEEKS OUT

posted by Ben Witherington

A VOTERS GUIDE FOR THINKING EVANGELICALS A lot of heat, and very little light is about to be shed in the next six weeks when it comes to political races, and we have already seen some truly surprising things happen. […]

IT’S A LITTLE DOGGONE SHAME

posted by Ben Witherington

What people do to animals,is, well amazing. And dogs especially all to often seem to come in for what can only be called cruel and unusual treatment. But in these pictures there is an attempt to humanize the hound, as […]

A Red Sox Fan’s Tribute to Yankee Stadium

posted by Ben Witherington

By now anyone who knows baseball at all knows that Yankee stadium was rightly dubbed, ‘the house that Ruth built’. Indeed one could call it at its inception in 1923 the house built for Ruth, with that less than 300 […]

They Also Serve….

posted by Ben Witherington

One Sunday morning the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names and small American flags. The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for […]

Colbert Explains why President Bush Failed so Badly!

posted by Ben Witherington

Well Nation, in this time of jaundiced politics at least there is one Christian man speaking a prophetic word into our political malaise. I am referring of course to that good Carolinian (albeit South Carolina), Stephen Colbert. Unlike the Bill […]

Michael Phelps at an Exceedingly Young Age

posted by Ben Witherington

O.K., so it wasn’t drugs that took Michael Phelps to the top, it was genetics, and that indominatable will. Kudos to Ross for this…..

THE LAZARUS EFFECT IS RELEASED!

posted by Ben Witherington

I am very pleased to announce that with help from a lot of you, offering suggestions and corrections, our first novel has hit the bookstands today. And boy do I have a deal for you. Oregon has no sales tax, […]

NEW WRITE IN CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT!

posted by Ben Witherington

O.K. in the spirit of full disclosure and weighing all options, Bill Cosby has now decided to throw his hat in the ring in the Presidential race asa write-in candidate. Here is his platform. See what you think. (1) ‘Press […]

THE ART OF ANALOGY?

posted by Ben Witherington

Like a good rain on parched ground, a good analogy can bring an otherwise turgid discourse, sermon, lecture to life. On the other hand, a bad analogy can stick in one’s brain like a bad song, or a really bad […]

A FRANK CODA

posted by Ben Witherington

I appreciate Ben’s Epilogue. As I read it, two things stood out immediately: One: I was quite impressed that Ben could craft a response in less than 7,000 words! Two: I don’t think the mug shot at the top of […]

Zap! Jesus is my Friend Video

posted by Ben Witherington

Its not just everyday you find a new musical sensation, such as a Christian ska band doing their best to look like Donny Osmond and company. Me personally I would have liked to see Devo or Bob Marley do a […]

Epistles to the Apostle– What Did they Look Like?

posted by Ben Witherington

Sometime ago, my fellow Methodist Colin Morris from the U.K. wrote a wonderful little humorous book entitled Epistles to the Apostle, now long out of print, imagining what the letters written to Paul would have looked like, The following is […]

EPILOGUE TO A FRANK DISCUSSION

posted by Ben Witherington

N.B. STAY TUNED FOR FRANK’S FINAL REJOINDER EARLY NEXT WEEK. Well it’s been interesting and fun, and I guess that the main thing that WORRIED me from reading Frank’s responses is that we seem at points to not be hearing […]

Burn after Reading– ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’

posted by Ben Witherington

I must admit to enjoying the black humor and satire of the Coen brothers, at least in small doses. ‘O Brother Where Art Thou…’ is just hysterical. And honestly the Coen brothers have not done anything that good since, though […]

Reimagining Church– A Frank Response Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

I am very pleased to have these two responses to the posts I have done to Frank Viola’s important and well-written new book. Among other things, what we are modeling here is civil discourse (I hope), even at points where […]

Reimagining Church– A Frank Response Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

Frank Viola’s Response: Part One –Frank Viola’s Response: Part One – Okay, so in a moment of insanity, I accepted BW3’s challenge to appear on his blog and respond to his review of my latest book, “Reimagining Church.” www.ReimaginingChurch.org Just […]

Reimagining Church–Part Four

posted by Ben Witherington

N.B. FRANK VIOLA’S RESPONSE WILL BE THE NEXT POST ON THIS BLOG. STAY TUNED Here first are some interesting statistics which Frank kindly provided me about house churches— House church demographics and psychographics in the United States: The average age […]

Frank Viola’s Reimagining Church– Part Three

posted by Ben Witherington

I must confess that Chapter Five is my favorite chapter of this book. I find myself both edified and helped by this chapter. Frank is right that the use of family language and house language dominates the discussion and the […]

Frank Viola’s Reimagining Church– Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

The hermeneutics of Frank Viola are interesting, and contra what some might think, Frank is not interested in playing first century Bible land. Listen to what he says: “But as I shall argue in this book, the New Testament contains […]

Frank Viola’s Reimagining Church– Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

ATTENTION K MART SHOPPERS. FRANK VIOLA HAS AGREED TO RESPOND TO THESE POSTS, AFTER WHICH I WILL RESPOND TO HIS RESPONSE, AND I INTEND TO GIVE HIM THE FINAL WORD. STAY TUNED. PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAPS AND STRAP YOURSELVES […]

BW3 on Lee Strobel’s Faith under Fire

posted by Ben Witherington

Billy Graham And Woody Allen Part II

posted by Ben Witherington

Joke of the Day– Oh Those Religious Symbols

posted by Ben Witherington

A kindergarten teacher gave her class a “show and tell” assignment. Each student was instructed to bring in an object to share with the class that represented their religion.The first student got up in front of the class and said,“My […]

Woody Allen Interviews Billy Graham?!

posted by Ben Witherington

This is a famous 60s interview, and has various fascinating aspects, not the least of which is that Graham is equally quick as Woody Allen, and most importantly there is give and take and respect in the discussion. This is […]

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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 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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