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HOW TO MARRY A ‘SLUM DOG MILLIONAIRE’

posted by Ben Witherington

You will not know any of the actors, nor indeed the setting in Mumbai (Bombay) unless you’ve been paying attention to the news of late or have been to India. You will not find appealing the setting, or many of […]

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A NEW YEAR’S PRAYER FOR 2009

posted by Ben Witherington

A NEW YEAR’S PRAYER FOR OUR NATION— 2009 Lord God, maker of all that is good, and true and beautiful, all that is right, and righteous, and holy, all that is giving and forgiving and merciful, we entreat you on […]

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“I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now”– The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

posted by Ben Witherington

‘Ars longa, vita brevis’, is the Latin saying– Art is long, life short, but it is not always true. In ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ (PG-13), the ‘ars’ is rather ‘longa’, 167 minutes to be exact, which in some […]

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THE NEW TESTAMENT IN GOD’S PREFERRED VERSION

posted by Ben Witherington

A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted by Ben Witherington

The first volume of my two volume theology and ethics of the NT, will be out in 2009 with the second volume out in 2010 with Inter Varsity Press Here is the splendid cover design. Joyeux Noel, BW3

STILLE NACHT– THE LEGEND OF CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES

posted by Ben Witherington

THE REBIRTH OF WONDER

posted by Ben Witherington

The following is another poem from my book ‘The Living Legacy’BW3 Jaded, Jaundiced Left out in the cold, Cynical, clinical Tired of getting old Looking for something, More glittering than gold… The rebirth of wonder. Seeking, searching Coming from afar […]

Christmas around the World

posted by Ben Witherington

A PUZZLE FOR YOU. MATCH THE DESCRIPTION WITH THE APPROPRIATE PICTURE—ENJOY BW3 Christmas at Rockefeller Center in New York Before the ball drops in Times Square, the Big Apple turns on its holiday charm with the Christmas tree in Rockefeller […]

ON LOVING YOUR CELL PHONE TO DEATH

posted by Ben Witherington

In the latest you’ve got to be kidding, in funerary trends, funeral directors are now telling us that people currently under 40 are increasingly requesting to be buried with their cellphones, or in some cases with their Ipods or Xbox […]

THE DESPERATE TALE OF DESPEREAUX

posted by Ben Witherington

First a little background info, courtesy of Amazon. Here is what they say about the author and the fairy tale book, which is the basis of the movie ‘The Tale of Despereaux': “Kate DiCamillo, author of the Newbery Honor book […]

OBAMA PICKS RICK WARREN FOR INVOCATION– A STORM OF PROTEST ENSUES

posted by Ben Witherington

In a move that suggests that Obama does indeed intend to try to be everyone’s President, the President elect named Rick Warren to say the invocation at his inauguration. Here is the link to the story— http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/us/politics/18inaug.html?th&emc=th The reaction today […]

CHRISTMAS OUTSIDE THE LINES— WITH DR. J.

posted by Ben Witherington

There is an enormously poignant story about Julius Erving and his long lost daughter Alexandra Stevenson by Tom Friend as a featured story on ESPN’s award-winning show ‘Outside the Lines’. Here is the link to the script of the story, […]

THE ESCALADING COST OF ‘CADILLAC RECORDS’

posted by Ben Witherington

The Delta Blues. It is interesting, and strange how most white Americans, even those who know and love music well,know little or nothing about the Delta Blues of Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Little Walter, Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Etta James, […]

Toby Keith Fights Back against ‘The War on Christmas’

posted by Ben Witherington

The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c A Colbert Christmas: Toby Keith Sings Colbert at ChristmasColbert Christmas DVD Green ScreenBill O’Reilly Interview

GRAFFITI AT THE SBL !

posted by Ben Witherington

Certainly one of the most fascinating of all the seminars at this year’s national Society of Biblical Literature meeting held in Boston was the Graffiti Seminar. A series of papers were given, including discussions of recent findings of very early […]

THE BAD NEWS IN BAD NEWS TIMES

posted by Ben Witherington

O.K. so the news spin cycle seems to have stopped on Illinois just now, where all sorts of gnarly things seem to regularly go down, especially in the situation ethics sort of realm. I guess this is why Dan Fogelberg […]

THE GOOD NEWS IN BAD NEWS TIMES

posted by Ben Witherington

The NY Times has an important article this morning on the growth of Evangelical Churches since the beginning of the recession. It’s interesting and well worth the read…. Here’s the link. BW3 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/nyregion/14churches.html?pagewanted=1&th&emc=th

THE VIRGINAL CONCEPTION– MIRACLE ON NAZARETH STREET

posted by Ben Witherington

When I was teaching Sunday school many years ago in Durham, England, a little girl of about seven years of age named Rachel came up to me after the lesson about Lk. 2 with a quizzical look on her face […]

THE DOCTRINE OF INFERNAL SECURITY?

posted by Ben Witherington

Well there is bad preaching and then theRe is REALLY BADDDDDDD PREACHING. Here is a case in point. BW3

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR BRIDE IS ALL WET

posted by Ben Witherington

Who was it who thought that having a wedding service on top of a swimming pool was a smart move? BW3

ROB BELL’S NOOMA 16-22

posted by Ben Witherington

The Nooma video series (from the Greek word pneuma— spirit) continues to be produced apace at the rate of two-four videos a year, and we are now up to twenty two of these 13 or so minute presentations. The production […]

2008 Redneck Top Ten Awards!

posted by Ben Witherington

My fellow Methodist good ole boy, Jeff Foxworthy, has made a living off of redneck jokes, and there seems to be an infinity of material to draw from. I once had to share the platform with Jeff in Georgia, who […]

LISTEN TO YOUR LIFE

posted by Ben Witherington

ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT

posted by Ben Witherington

The 92 year old, petite, well-poised lady was fully dressed each morning by 8 a.m., with her hair fashionably coiffed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind. Today was a big day in her life, the day […]

Memento Mori– A Eulogy for my Father

posted by Ben Witherington

Preached at Myers Park UMC Dec. 2, 2008 “Blessed are those who die in the Lord” The Scriptures are clear enough that while Christians are expected to grieve, and weep with those who weep, they are not to grieve like […]

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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