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June 2009 Archives

Gone to Carolina (in the Flesh)

posted by Ben Witherington

There are so many James Taylor’s songs I love but here are two of my favorites to tide you over while I’m gone to Carolina in the flesh to help our daughter move.   James and Livingston were still in Chapel […]

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The Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia— or Not

posted by Ben Witherington

Not for the first time and undoubtedly not for the last, the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia is claiming it has the original Ark of the Covenant spoken of in the Bible, and made famous all over again by Indiana Jones.  […]

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Mystery Highway– a Gem from Phil and Randy

posted by Ben Witherington

Last week was all music, all the time.  First I went to the 40th anniversary Ichthus festival and had a blast watching the Ascension Band (full of former members of Earth Wind and Fire and from Prince’s band, now getting […]

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The Papias Stele

posted by Ben Witherington

Sometimes you are just wandering around in a graveyard and you find something remarkable. In this case I was actually looking for something Mark Fairchild, my fellow explorer of Turkey told me about— a grave stele for someone named Papias, […]

Rednecking

posted by Ben Witherington

 My fellow United Methodist, Jeff Foxworthy has made a living off of redneck jokes. I once shared a stage with him at the North Georgia Conference. Though I am a southern boy, I couldn’t hold a candle to him. He’s […]

The Funerary Monuments and Statues at Hierapolis

posted by Ben Witherington

Hierapolis was a critical city for early Christianity, being the home not only of Philip the Evangelist’s prophesying daughters but also of Papias, the famous bishop who wrote the first comentary on ‘Our Lord’s Oracles’ in several books. What can […]

‘You are the Light of the World–Until the Bulb needs Changing’

posted by Ben Witherington

    CHANGING A LIGHT BULB THE CHRISTIAN WAY How many Christians does it take to change a light bulb? Charismatic : Only 1 Hands are already in the air. Pentecostal : 10 One to change the bulb, and nine […]

The Agora at Izmir

posted by Ben Witherington

Behold one of the archaeologists in charge of the dig at the enormous agora in Izmir (Biblical Smyrna). O.K. this may not be your mental image of an archaeologist, but you need to adjust your thinking in that case.  The […]

Men at Work– a Biblical Approach

posted by Ben Witherington

While you may be amazed at this,  it is nonetheless true that when you survey the works of Biblical theology available to us, very seldom does the subject of a theology of work come up.  You look in vain for […]

U.S Army Burns Bibles in Afghanistan

posted by Ben Witherington

Picture courtesy of  http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://mycontemplations.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/burning_book.jpg&imgrefurl In the what’s the U.S. coming to department, we have now learned that the U.S Army has been burning Bibles in Aghanistan to prevent them from being given to Afghans and influencing them. This apparently has […]

The Archaeological Museum at Izmir (Smyrna)

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the less well known museums in all of Turkiye (yes that’s the right spelling) is the one in the home city of the famous second century Christian and martyr Polycarp.  This museum is full of things found in […]

The Ethics of Sports– On Being a Good Sport

posted by Ben Witherington

Yes that’s me with the reasonable facsimile of Payne Stewart at the most famous golf course in my home state of N.C.– Pinehurst No. 2.  In my once in a lifetime opportunity to play the course it was the coldest […]

Laodicea– on a Not so Luke-warm Day

posted by Ben Witherington

Laodicea of course is a city familiar to all bibliophiles, since it famously is the city referred to in Rev. 3 for its wealthy citizens of diffident faith.  It also has connections with the Pauline churches mentioned in Colossians. But […]

A Faithful Rendering– Christopher Bryan’s ‘Render to Caesar’

posted by Ben Witherington

Christopher Bryan, Render to Caesar, (Oxford: O.U. Press, 2005), pp. viii+ 185, $35.00.               I must confess from the outset that I have a particular inclination to like Christopher Bryan’s recent book, as he is a man after my […]

JEALOUSY

posted by Ben Witherington

            Jealousy’s a cancer             It’s rotten to the core,             It’s never ever satisfied             It always begs for more.               It poisons even friendships             Puts marriages on the spot             As if what others seem to […]

AN ‘UP-LIFTING’ AND CAUTIONARY TALE

posted by Ben Witherington

(image from Disney/Pixar) I must confess that I have a certain bias towards Pixar films. They are some of the most creative computer generated features out there, and not just because of their technical prowess.  Often the stories are moving […]

THE OLIVE PRESSES OF KLAZOMENAI

posted by Ben Witherington

During the course of the next month, I will be sharing with you from time to time the results of my time in Turkey at archaeological sites in May 2009.   The first of these is a site south of […]

Q AND A WITH BISHOP WRIGHT ON ‘JUSTIFICATION’

posted by Ben Witherington

Q: Tom you have been challenged repeatedly by some of yourReformed critics on the issue of imputed righteousness and the glory of God.Would you say these are the main problems when you have a discussion about justificationwith these critics?   […]

NO SAFETY IN THE SANCTUARY: ABORTION DOCTOR BRUTALLY MURDERED IN CHURCH

posted by Ben Witherington

Cartoon courtesy of Signe Wilkinson. Read more Signe Wilkinson By now most of you will have heard that a doctor well known for performing late term abortions in some cases was murdered Sunday whilst ushering in his Lutheran Church in […]

ROMAN NUMERALS IS COMING!

posted by Ben Witherington

The second Art West adventure, continuing in a series of archaeological thrillers is about to show up on Amazon and even cheaper at www.wipfandstock.com. The first novel, The Lazarus Effect has been receiving rave reviews, including from Anne Rice, and […]

CLAPTON AND WINWOOD ON A ROLL

posted by Ben Witherington

I am an old rock n’ roller, turned holy roller as well, and two of my favorite artists I have enjoyed over the years are Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood. Here you will find a fine HQ sample of their […]

WITH JUSTIFICATION

posted by Ben Witherington

N.T. Wright,  Justification. God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision (Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press, 2009), 279 pages, $25.00 list price.               It is never an easy thing to write a rebuttal book if you are genuinely a Christian person.  You […]

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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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