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DEPARTURE

posted by Ben Witherington

The picture at the top is the famous portrait of Daniel Boone at the end of his life in Missouri painted by Chester Harding from Boston in 1819. The second picture is the famous one of Boone leading men through […]

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Tales from Frostbite Falls– Part Seven– Windham Hill Inn

posted by Ben Witherington

So as I have been saying its just me and the big dogs and a cat up here on top of the Green mountain above Grafton. It should make for a truly interesting Super Bowl Party– “So what did you […]

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TWO NEW ENGLAND GREATS– NORMAN ROCKWELL AND JOHN UPDIKE

posted by Ben Witherington

Growing up my favorite magazine, other than sports was The Saturday Evening Post, for one reason. The amazing paintings and drawing of a true New England original— Norman Rockell (1911-78). For decades Rockwell drew the covers for this magazine, and […]

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MARTIN VS. BARTON ON HISTORICAL CRITICISM AND THE ISSUE OF MEANING

posted by Ben Witherington

Two recent books have begun to cause a lot of stir in the guild of Biblical studies, one as an attempt to suggest a change in direction in seminary curriculum, the other more of an apologia for the nature and […]

THE NATURE OF TRUE LOVE

posted by Ben Witherington

The thing about love, if it is the genuine article and not some pale imitation of it, is that when one is in love one becomes profoundly humbled by the whole experience. One’s defects, which previously one had ignored or […]

Tales from Frostbite Falls– Part Six– BLIZZARD!

posted by Ben Witherington

There is snow, and then there is serious snow. I’m talkin’ blizzard here (and not the kind available at Dairy Queen). Thank God for 4 wheel drive trucks is all I can say or else I would never have gotten […]

THE PRIORY

posted by Ben Witherington

THE PRIORY The icicles hung on the eaves outsideBut the adams were gone on retreatThe caretaker said ‘only God is insideAnd there’s nothing here you can eat’. The chapel was silent, oppressively stillThe cross hung above the enclosureHard benches on […]

SERENITY

posted by Ben Witherington

SERENITY(at the Revolutionary War Cemetery) The calm after the storm,The clarity after reflectionThe acceptance of unchangeable thingsLike winter followed by spring. Peace, in the face of warSatisfaction, without moreThe acceptance of frustrating thingsHard hearts, heads, truths. Of this demanding demeanorFrancis […]

TALES FROM FROSTBITE FALLS– PART 5

posted by Ben Witherington

O.K. so what do you do when its below 0 and you have cabin fever? Well, you get in the truck and head to other warm buildings where there is food and company. I did this twice in the last […]

TALES FROM FROSTBITE FALLS– PART 4: I’LL PACKA SWEATER

posted by Ben Witherington

Yep that’s an alpaca, as in alpaca sweater. There’s an alpaca farmer here in Grafton, and Lord knows you need sweaters around here. I guess for the alpaca there isn’t much difference between being in the mountains of Chile, or […]

TALL TALES FROM FROSTBITE FALLS

posted by Ben Witherington

(Revolutionary War graveyard in Grafton Vt.) I have just been informed by my friend from Turkey, Mel Chiftchi, that I was named businessman of the year, with numerous awards to follow. Here is the link you must check out— http://www.themessagegroup.com.au/last-nights-news.php?title=20090118-BEN-WITHERINGTON_create.html […]

TALES FROM FROSTBITE FALLS– PART 3

posted by Ben Witherington

Its snowing again, and it has zoomed up to a sweltering 12 degrees, with prospects of even reach 18 F. The picture above gives the general impression. It’s a house just down the road from here. I awoke this morning […]

Tales from Frostbite Falls– Part 2

posted by Ben Witherington

There are many covered bridges in Vermont, and the one in this picture is in Grafton where I am rapidly becoming one of God’s frozen people. But its always nice to remember the beautiful view when one is here in […]

YOURS FROM FROSTBITE FALLS–PART ONE

posted by Ben Witherington

Greeting to God’s Frozen People everywhere from Frostbite Falls (aka Grafton Vermont, see the pictures of the bandshell here and the house where I am staying taken two summer’s ago) where it is a toasty 1 F on the thermometer […]

FROST BITES NIXON— ‘FROST/NIXON’

posted by Ben Witherington

Sometime the propaganda put out by a studio about a new film, amazingly proves to be accurate. Here is the synopsis from Universal Films of the riveting new docu-drama film Frost/Nixon “Synopsis: Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard brings to the screen […]

LB’S: THE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION SONG

posted by Ben Witherington

I’m off to Vermont to write for a month and to work off some of the Christmas cheer and to play my 12 string and here’s a little ditty I wrote to help me out with my New Year’s Resolution […]

BLOOD VESSELS

posted by Ben Witherington

BLOOD VESSELS ‘In Principio erat Verbum’ Chalice, CupGrail GobletWaiting Wine Glass—Blood Vessels. Plate,PatinWafer, MorselBeckoning Bread Basket–Table Service. Mere morselsOr Bare Body?Uncommon CupOr Challenging Chalice? From SacrificeTo SacramentFrom Sign to SymbolFrom Servant to ServiceGrace Comes a Calling Blood ShedBlood TransfusionHis ExtinctionOur […]

IT’S A CERTAINTY– ‘DOUBT’ IS OSCAR WORTHY

posted by Ben Witherington

It is sometimes difficult to bring an excellent play to the big screen, but John Patrick Stanley has successfully brought both his Pulitzer Prize winning writing skills and his Tony Award for this story to the big screen, with an […]

Love’s Labor’s Won

posted by Ben Witherington

How do you measure a human heart?By beats and chambers four?By calculating capacity,Or do you look for more? Do you follow the EgyptiansPlacing hearts upon a scale?The ones that were the heaviestWere those beyond the pale. Or should we think […]

A CHRISTIAN WHO THINKS ATHEISM IS UNAMERICAN

posted by Ben Witherington

And from the other end of the spectrum comes the story of a Baptist minister and his legal travails as he tries to inject God back into the public sphere. See what you think. BW3 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/us/04louisville.html?th&emc=th

AN ATHEIST WHO THINKS CHRISTIANITY IS GOOD FOR AFRICA

posted by Ben Witherington

Here is an interesting article from the London Times kindly sent to me by Jim Foster written by an atheist who thinks Christianity is good for Africa. You’ll be intrigued to see why. Here is the link…..see what you think. […]

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 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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