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February 2009 Archives

LIFESTYLES OF THE AMERICAN OBESE– ITS PAST TIME TO THINK ABOUT OUR PASTIMES

posted by Ben Witherington

It’s Lent and time to think about the things we should be repenting of. Of course too often we think in the narrow terms of sins with a capital S that we ought to abstain from, but in this post […]

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‘CITY LIGHTS’– A LITTLE FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC PLEASE!

posted by Ben Witherington

Nelson Rangell is without question one of the most talented of all the so-called smooth jazz reed players, in addition to which he is a world-class flute and piccolo player as well. His sax playing is straight out of the […]

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SEEING THE WORLD FROM THE CROUCH POSITION–ANDY CROUCH’S CULTURE MAKING, AND OUR WORK

posted by Ben Witherington

There are not a lot of books I find stimulating enough to deserve the ‘full roll out’ review and dialogue with, but Andy Crouch’s new book Culture-Making is one of them. I am currently working on a little book in […]

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CREATIVITY AWARD OF THE WEEK

posted by Ben Witherington

Sometimes art just takes you into a whole different world, in this case Tolkien’s world of gnomes and elves etc. recreated where they filmed the Lord of the Rings– New Zealand. Check out the following link Escultord…PPS The full label […]

UNCOVERING A CHRISTIAN EMPIRE– THE YENIKAPI DIG

posted by Ben Witherington

It is both true and fair to say that Constantine changed the world when he legalized Christianity, and allowed it to thrive. By the end of the 4th century A.D. when Theodosius was the Emperor (and in fact the last […]

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING MO BETTER– THE MOODY BLUES

posted by Ben Witherington

The real progenitors of a whole genre of rock music called symphonic rock were the Moody Blues. After an early hit in the mid-60s (‘Go Now’) they hit their stride when Justin Heyward became their lead singer answering a want […]

MUSICAL DETANTE IN MOSCOW– 2009’S FIRST THIS TAKES THE CAKE AWARD

posted by Ben Witherington

Clearly the eschaton is at hand! The lion is lying down with the lamb and not thinking about lamb chops, or better said the Russian bear is lying down with the Finnish reindeer and not thinking of Christmas dinner! Kudos […]

N.T. WRIGHT’S RESPONSE TO JOHN PIPER ON JUSTIFICATION

posted by Ben Witherington

Tom Wright working away in Bishop Auckland Palace Here below (see the link) is an interesting but all too brief interview of Tom Wright as he talks about his forthcoming book on “Justification” (apparently out in May by IVP on […]

PRESIDENT ELECT TENNENT SPEAKS OUT

posted by Ben Witherington

You will enjoy this interview (find the link below) with President elect Tennent. One of the most interesting things about his background is that he is indeed a descendant of the famous Tennents William and Gilbert who were among the […]

LET THE READER UNDERSTAND….’THE READER’

posted by Ben Witherington

I have just come from a movie which I did not expect to move me the way this film did, and it has not one but two Oscar worthy performances by Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. This is a dense […]

SEEKING THE IDENTITY OF JESUS– PART TWO

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the real difficulties in collaborative volumes is adequately revealed in the old joke about whenever three rabbis get together you have four opinions on any given matter. Scholars, of whatever ilk, have been taught that they have, and […]

SEEKING THE IDENTITY OF JESUS– PART ONE

posted by Ben Witherington

I have been recently working through the volume edited by Beverley Gaventa (Princeton) and Richard Hays (Duke), entitled “Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage” (Eerdmans 2008). The volume comes out of lengthy times of interaction and worship and presentations […]

THE PARABLE OF THE PEAR TREE

posted by Ben Witherington

Our Asbury student Scott Cozart told the following parable in chapel this morning. A father wanted to teach his four sons the lesson of not judging something or someone too quickly, and so he called his four sons together and […]

ASBURY NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

posted by Ben Witherington

ASBURY SEMINARY ELECTS NEW PRESIDENTWILMORE, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2009) – Timothy Craig Tennent, Ph.D., of Ipswich, Mass., has been elected the eighth president of Asbury Theological Seminary by the Board of Trustees. Asbury Theological Seminary, a private graduate school in […]

FROM THE CATATONIC TO THE CATASTROPHIC

posted by Ben Witherington

Ah to be a cat….. they rule their own little world and blissfully ignore all the dangers. And worse, they know they rule their owners. I was listening to Vermont radio and a comedian came on and told the following […]

FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, BE LIKE A STING

posted by Ben Witherington

When I went to the University of Durham there was a young man who had been playing in jazz clubs in Newcastle, the next train stop north and had been an English teacher. His name was Gordon Summner, and he […]

THE WESTON PRIORY–WESTON VT.

posted by Ben Witherington

I have already commented on the Weston Priory in a previous Vermont post. Here are some pictures from the Priory I took while there. BW3

TWO MEN LEAVING ON THEIR OWN TERMS– GRAN TORINO AND THE WRESTLER

posted by Ben Witherington

I was riding through Egypt and my guide was waxing eloquent about Clint Eastwood. He loved the Dirty Harry and spaghetti Western movies he had made. My druthers would be for the more serious Eastwood– the Eastwood who directed such […]

VERMONT REVISITED: CODA

posted by Ben Witherington

Here are a few of the many shots I took in Vermont over the last month. Kudos once more to the Dumas’ for allowing me to stay and work in so beautiful a place. All these shots are from in […]

ROCKWELL ROCKS

posted by Ben Witherington

Now that I am back home I can post further pictures I took in Vermont. Here are some of the many I took at the Norman Rockwell museum in Rutland Vt. Enjoy, and pick your favorites. BW3 <a href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_MCBNSn1DlAU/SZAoiZ1eyTI/AAAAAAAAB6I/t5LcV-pJMCk/s1600-h/vermont+302.jpg”>

CLYDE EDGERTON’S ‘THE BIBLE SALESMAN’

posted by Ben Witherington

There are a plethora of southern writers like Clyde Edgerton who continue the particular tradition of southern fiction that William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O’Connor really established in the 20th century. What these authors and this tradition has in common, […]

THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE—THE ISSUE OF CONVERSION AND EMOTION PART TWO

posted by Ben Witherington

By common consent amongst scholars, and others as well, by far the greatest theologian in American history thus far was Jonathan Edwards (1703-58). Yet if we ask the question of which of his works have had the most influence and […]

BIBLICAL CURSE GENERATOR!

posted by Ben Witherington

Have you ever had that sad feeling that you just missed your opportunity for a good bit of repartee or a zinger or come backer, and then you rehash in your mind what you should have said or wished you […]

THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE—THE ISSUE OF CONVERSION AND EMOTION PART ONE

posted by Ben Witherington

I am currently reading a fine treatment of the First Great Awakening by Philip Gura entitled Jonathan Edwards, America’s Evangelical (Hill and Wang, 2005). Unlike George Marsden’s more comprehensive and definitive life of Jonathan Edwards, Gura contents himself with focusing […]

DESCARTES BONES– CAN YOU DIG THEM?

posted by Ben Witherington

Perhaps if you know any Latin at all, you will know the little phrase ‘cogito ergo sum’ or ‘I think/cogitate therefore I am’. It is perhaps one of the most famous sentences ever uttered in modern history. The first time […]

TWO YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN IDOL STAR

posted by Ben Witherington

Here’s a video sent to me by Marc Axelrod of Zoei Toh, a two year old that American Idol should check out, not least ‘because He lives’.

Tales from Frostbite Falls– Part Eight– Sugar Mapling

posted by Ben Witherington

It would be difficult to exaggerate the beauty of New England in October, and nothing is more beautiful than the maple trees, but their beauty is not confined to the outside of the tree. Within is a treasure as well, […]

STONE WALLED

posted by Ben Witherington

The old stone wall’s a miracleUneven rocks row on row Without a bit of mortarYet each with a place to go. How did the mason reckon itSo that the top would be on the level Did he just suddenly start […]

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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