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January 1970 Archives

‘Changeling’– a True Story of Courage and Persistence

posted by Ben Witherington

I must confess, I am not the world’s biggest Angelina Jolie fan. Yes she can act, but until this movie, I had not really found a film that showed her scope and full abilities. John Malkovich on the other hand […]

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A Treat without a Trick on All Hallow’s Eve– the James Ossuary Rises from the Dead

posted by Ben Witherington

Perhaps you will remember a little box called the James ossuary I’ve been talking about for a while now. It’s been embroiled in a trial now for years. I was thinking of printing up bumper stickers reading FREE THE JAMES […]

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The Architecture of the Post-Modern Mind, Part III

posted by Ben Witherington

If you visit a Borders or Barnes and Nobles bookstore these days, you are more likely than not to find a new section called Spirituality. This is a catchall category for all sorts of things, most of which are not […]

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The Architecture of the Post-Modern Mind, Part II

posted by Ben Witherington

Pedagogy is by definition the art of teaching, and of course its master principles. I call it an art rather than a science because there are a plethora of factors that make it a moving target: 1) the cultural context […]

The Architecture of the Post-Modern Mind, Part I

posted by Ben Witherington

You may remember Rene Descartes, the person most often credited with providing us with the philosophy that was to undergird, and indeed help to create the modern mind with its focus on the individual self, leading to rampant individualism. You […]

The Bible for those with a Tiny Attention Span

posted by Ben Witherington

Dr. James Howell on the Divisive Issue of Abortion

posted by Ben Witherington

James Howell is known for his thoughtful theological commentary on sensitive moral issues, and abortion is no different. While I do not agree with every last syllable in what follows, there are some very helpful insights here, especially in regard […]

Pat Metheny goes Polish

posted by Ben Witherington

Pat’s newest CD is with a bunch of Polish musicians who have serious chops. Check out these two live concert samples and see what you think. If you want the lyrics they are translated on the CD liner notes. Oh […]

“What is Truthiness?” The Truth about Wikipedia

posted by Ben Witherington

Whilst Pilate asked Jesus “What is truth?” it is only appropriate that in a post-modern age, a post-modern satirist like Stephen Colbert would ask “what is truthiness” and is it enough for us in this day and age– is a […]

THE NEXT DANCING WITH THE STARS COUPLE

posted by Ben Witherington

Ah the joys of being young, exuberant and inexperienced. You’ll try anything– like Dancing with the Stars, or say, running for the highest political office. BW3

The ‘Duchess’ of Despondency

posted by Ben Witherington

Keira Knightley has quickly become the queen of the period piece in recent years (think ‘Pride and Prejudice’ or ‘Atonement’) and in the Duchess she revisits the 18th century (the film begins in 1774) and inhabits a true and truly […]

An Unbearable Ministry

posted by Ben Witherington

JOKE OF THE DAY A Roman Catholic priest, a Pentecostal minister, and a Rabbi all served as chaplains to the students of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. They got together 2-3 times a week for coffee and conversation. One day, […]

Blessed are the Martyrs who Die in the Lord Henceforth

posted by Ben Witherington

If you are at all a student of Christian history, you will know there have been numerous martyrdoms of Christians in every age of the Christian era. You don’t even need to consult a hagiographic work like Foxe’s Book of […]

War’s Wisdom

posted by Ben Witherington

WAR’S WISDOMThey say there is no wisdomThey say it isn’t so,They stir up rainy weatherBut then it starts to snow. Poor prognosticatorsPungent pundits tooThey trust their own predictionsBut don’t know what to do. The politics of fear,And self protection reignAs […]

‘Judge for Yourself’– A Sermon on Mt. 7.1-6

posted by Ben Witherington

The following is a sermon for Oct. 15, 2008 in Estes Chapel, Asbury Seminary YOU BE THE JUDGE—- Mt. 7.1-6 Some texts in the NT ought to be able to sue for abuse and misuse. Mt. 7.1-6 is one of […]

‘Express’ Yourself– The Ernie Davis Story

posted by Ben Witherington

For eleven years of my life I lived an hour and a bit from Cleveland, and came to know a lot of wonderful folks who were die-hard Browns fans. There was a poignancy to that loyalty, much like the loyalty […]

HERMENEUTICS—WHAT IS IT, AND WHY DO BIBLE READERS NEED IT?

posted by Ben Witherington

Remember Hermes? He’s the little guy you see from time to time on the logo at the florist shop, wearing a WWI trench helmet and always on the run. Actually, in Greek tradition he was the messenger of the gods, […]

LAZARUS EFFECT FLOATS DOWN AMAZON

posted by Ben Witherington

Christmas is coming, and the Lazarus Effect, according to various of those who have now reviewed and blurbed the book, is said to be the perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas or Hanukkah. It is now available on Amazon, and you […]

Ben Stein’s Confession— on Christian Religion in the Public Sphere

posted by Ben Witherington

Ben Stein is always worth listening to, even when one strongly disagrees with him. The following is a column of his from CBS Morning News Commentary, and appears to be genuine, for all you Snopes fans out there. I find […]

More on the Christ Cup

posted by Ben Witherington

Wieland Willker has carefully assembled a good deal of the recent discussion on the so-called Christ cup. Here it is: Mysterious CRESTOU inscriptionEverything else of potential interest to forum members.Write comments 7 posts • Page 1 of 1 Mysterious CRESTOU […]

BW3 Leads Presidential Race?

posted by Ben Witherington

In a year of political tensions and lengthy debates, and with the race in doubt, there seems now to be a new candidate who has entered the Presidential race at the llth hour, and is gathering a following. Copy and […]

‘Through Christ– the Magus’

posted by Ben Witherington

Alexandria Satellite Photo, including harbor. Here is an interesting news item about what appears to be an incantation bowl found in Alexandria harbor. I doubt this item could possibly date earlier than the mid to late first century, for Christianity […]

A Fresh Approach to Genesis by Dr. Bill Arnold

posted by Ben Witherington

Dr. Bill Arnold and I have been colleagues and friends for a long time now, teaching together at both Ashland Theological Seminary, and then we both came to Asbury Theological Seminary at the same time in 1995. Bill is what […]

The Leadership Structure of Earliest Christianity– Was it Hierarchial?

posted by Ben Witherington

Clement of Rome is an interesting figure in early Christian history, not least because he had contact with some of the original Christian eyewitnesses, apostles and their co-workers. Hermas mentions this Clement (Shepherd 8.2) as a leader in the church […]

‘Appaloosa': Wild Horses Couldn’t Keep Me Away

posted by Ben Witherington

Its fall and time for another attempt at a classic Western. Last fall there were two such attempts (Russell Crowe’s “3:10 to Yuma” and the more mystical ‘The Outlaw Jesse James’). This fall’s attempt at this genre of film is […]

God and ‘My Rights’

posted by Ben Witherington

Dr. James Howell has written another fine column on the issue of American Christians and their rights and responsibilities. It reminded me of just how much it is a part of our American DNA to demand our rights, and assume […]

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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