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March 2009 Archives

The Humanness of the Unborn

posted by Ben Witherington

My mother sent me the following, which ultimately comes from a Nashville newspaper, and the hospital where various of my friends have had surgery, so I believe this story is reliable. I would suggest you read Psalm 139.13-14 and then […]

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TALES OF CHRISTIAN TAILGATERS

posted by Ben Witherington

A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy street. Suddenly, just in front of him, the light turned yellow. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the […]

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Animal House Part Three– The 12 Apostles (plus 1) of the Animal World

posted by Ben Witherington

Identify the following apostles of the animal world with one of the 12. I’ve left a few hints below. BW3 Clearly this one should be called Rocky (aka Peter/Cephas) Aha, the Boanerges, James and John This must be Judas Iscariot

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Mona Greasa– The Real Da Vinci Code Secret

posted by Ben Witherington

In order to truly appreciate the following video (and kudos to Craig Beard for finding it), you need to put on the old Bee Gees song ‘Grease’, as done by Franki Valli… and sing along, “Grease is the word, that […]

THE SAD STATE OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP–Spirit-Filled Singing

posted by Ben Witherington

Christian worship is of course a human activity, and thus involves the same sort of flaws other human activities involve. What is amazing to me is that so little thought is actually put into what a theology of worship should […]

DUPLICITY– OH WHAT A SUBTLE WEB WE WEAVE…

posted by Ben Witherington

In a world of mindless entertainment, sometimes one wonders if there is still a place for a brainy romantic spy yarn, and apparently, thank goodness, the answer is still yes. Such a movie is Julie Robert’s return as a leading […]

WHERE’S WALDO…. ERR…. WITHERINGTON??

posted by Ben Witherington

Ah those college years….. here are two pictures from a UNC college retreat trip to the beach in N.C. Kudos to you if you can pick BW3 out in these pictures. Also in these pictures— Tom Morris a future teacher […]

DISCUSSION ON GOD AND THE RESURRECTION— GARY HABERMAS, ANTHONY FLEW, AND N.T.WRIGHT AT WESTMINSTER, CAMBRIDGE, AND ELSEWHERE

posted by Ben Witherington

http://www.garyhabermas.com/video/video.html Here is a discussion worthy of your attention. Kudos to James Foster for the link. There are in fact many links on this page. Some to the discussion held at Westminster in London between the three figures mentioned, some […]

FALLIN’ IN LOVE WITH JESUS

posted by Ben Witherington

Kirk Whalum is one of my very favorite Christian jazz artists, not to mention he does a lot of jazz Gospel and so I have some samples here, and you will see he brings the heavy hitters with him— see […]

YAHWEH WILL BE THERE

posted by Ben Witherington

Michael McDonald is one of my favorite soulful singers of all time, and he has done a lot of work backing up others and helping them make hit records. James Ingram, from Ohio was a Gospel singer who had some […]

When Theology is Claimed as Intellectual Property

posted by Ben Witherington

In our world where human beings seem to think they have ‘entitlement’ to all things which can be claimed we now can wondrously behold the miracle of the ‘theological patent’ or copyright of theological ideas— like say the theory of […]

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PRAYER PARTNERS

posted by Ben Witherington

There is an interesting new article in the Sunday NY Times on Barack Obama’s prayer partners. Here is the link, see what you think….. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/politics/15pastor.html?th&emc=th

THE HOUSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

posted by Ben Witherington

<a href=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_MCBNSn1DlAU/SbxQybjhnYI/AAAAAAAACGo/51AFHOV9vsc/s1600-h/GC+426.jpg”> These picture were all from the recent ministry trip to Houston. The top picture is the beautiful dome in St. Mary’s Seminary where I lectured. The rest of the pictures are from the very fine exhibits at the […]

THE GOOD BISHOP WEIGHS IN– TOM WRIGHT ON ‘SURPRISED BY HOPE’

posted by Ben Witherington

———— N.T. Wright’s “Surprised by Hope” has been called an instant classic, and now with two years of positive reviews under its belt, it was time to sit down with the Bishop and ask some follow up questions which arise […]

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

posted by Ben Witherington

It sneaks up on you unawaresWhile you are preoccupiedIt catches you quite unpreparedEnthralled as you are in your pride. Blindsided, you flinch instinctivelyWhen suddenly you are accostedYou realize in an instance ‘it’s now…’Or else you’ve totally lost it. All those […]

THE NEW TESTAMENT IN ANTIQUITY– A TEXTBOOK

posted by Ben Witherington

THE NEW TESTAMENT IN ANTIQUITY— G.M. Burge, L.H. Cohick, G. L. Green (Zondervan 2009). ‘Of the making of Introductions to the New Testament, there is no end, and much reading is a weariness of the flesh’ but not all Introductions […]

COLBERT TAKES ON ANTI-GUN LOBBY

posted by Ben Witherington

The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Word – Locked and Loathed Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor Rap BattleNASA Name Contest

Last Chance to see Last Chance Harvey

posted by Ben Witherington

Sometimes Christmas movies do better in the spring, and this is one such movie. Released on Christmas day, but still playing in some theaters (having taken in a modest $14 million), this movie keeps on percolating along, pleasing one audience […]

RESTORING HOPE IN A CRASHING ECONOMY

posted by Ben Witherington

I had originally planned to entitle this little series of essays ‘restoring hope during a crashing economy’, but in the end I decided the double entendre was worth keeping in these ambiguous times. With a profound grasp of the obvious, […]

ART AS WORK, WORKS OF ART

posted by Ben Witherington

[THE FOLLOWING IS A SMALL EXCERPT FROM MY LITTLE BOOK ON WORK IN THE LIGHT OF KINGDOM COME] BW3 I would like to conclude this discussion about what God calls, gifts, and inspires us to do by talking briefly about […]

BISHOPS CALLS FOR HI TECH FAST FROM CHIPS AND BYTES

posted by Ben Witherington

Cardinal explaining to Pope where he can hook up his Ipod in the Pope Mobile In a move bound to cause controversy with the young, Italian Catholic bishops have called for a high-tech fast during Lent, calling the faithful to […]

MUSICAL NIRVANA

posted by Ben Witherington

So I get back from Houston, and don’t even change clothes, ’cause me and the Missus are heading to Danville Kentucky (not to be confused with Danville, Va.) to see The New York Philharmonic at Centre College. This is probably […]

HUMAN BEHAVIOR FINALLY EXPLAINED

posted by Ben Witherington

THE STORY OF LIFE On the first day, God created the dog and said: ‘Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a […]

HOUSTON– WE HAVE A LECTURE

posted by Ben Witherington

I will be lecturing Wednesday Night at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas University in Houston, and all ya’ll who are in range are welcome to come. This lecture is the first in the series in honor of the year of […]

When Things Get Squirrelly at Church or Synagogue

posted by Ben Witherington

There were four country churches and a synagogue in a small TEXAS town: The Presbyterian Church, the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church , the Catholic Church and the Jewish Synagogue. Each Church and Synagogue was overrun with pesky squirrels. One […]

GUITAR HERO ‘RIFF OFFS’– YOU GET TO VOTE

posted by Ben Witherington

It is not often you get to compare great guitarists shredding the very same song, but here is one that may make you give up your guitar playing forever, or inspire it, one or the other. What we have here […]

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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