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January 1970 Archives

‘Inglorious’ Movie Making– WWII Revamped

posted by Ben Witherington

I grew up watching war movies.  The Longest Day (should have been called the Longest Movie),  PT 109,  All Quiet on the Western Front, and then there were the Vietnam war classics, Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, and so many […]

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Dawn Treading Hobbits

posted by Ben Witherington

And now the inside story about my trip to New Zealand (aka Middle Earth) can be told.  I actually went down there to hire a couple of under cover Hobbits.  Of course Hobbits are so small they can easily go […]

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500 Days of Summer– And Then Some

posted by Ben Witherington

The course of young love is ever treacherous.  There are break ups and make ups, and all too often when young people say they are in love, in actuality what they really are is ‘in heat’, and its not the […]

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A Novel Approach to the Reformers– C.J. Sansom’s Mysteries

posted by Ben Witherington

I was hanging out in the airport in Sydney Down Under, waiting for the flight to Auckland, and browsing through the airport bookstore,  when I found the novels of C.J. Sansom, a man after my own heart.  He has a […]

For Whom Did Christ Die?

posted by Ben Witherington

Michael Bird has posted on his blog three different views on the issue of for whom Christ died, including my take on the matter.    Here is the link, so see what you think.  BW3 http://euangelizomai.blogspot.com/

The Summer of Classic Rock

posted by Ben Witherington

It was a hot August day in 1969, and I was in New Hampshire with my MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship) group.  We had flown to New York and among the many things we did there, we went to a concert […]

Thomas Dickerson– Calling All the Nations

posted by Ben Witherington

One of my great joys in ministry is getting to work with younger talented Christians whom God has done a mighty work in, and who are serving God in powerful ways. One such person is Thomas Dickerson, ably assisted by […]

The Indelible Image: Relating the OT and NT Thought Worlds

posted by Ben Witherington

Below you will find an excerpt from the second of my two large volumes studying the whole of  NT Theology and Ethics.  The first volume entitle ‘The Indelible Image: The Individual Witnesses’  will be out next month at some point […]

Chronicles of Middle Earth Part Nine: Land Ho!

posted by Ben Witherington

The black-backed gull above surveys land and sea.  We can only imagine how he perceives the islands of New Zealand.  When you get to Middle Earth (aka New Zealand) there are things you expect to see, thanks to reading the […]

Chronicles of Middle Earth Part Eight: Flora and Fauna

posted by Ben Witherington

Flowers and animals add a lot to a film like the Narnia tales or LOTR and Peter Jackson had lots of critters and plants to choose from. Three stars to whoever can first identify the following flowering plant. This is […]

Chronicles of Middle Earth– Part Seven–Lift Up Your Eyes to the Hills

posted by Ben Witherington

Mountains.  Big, beautiful, snow-covered mountains of considerable height and breadth.  It is no wonder that these ranges in Middle Earth are called the Southern Alps.  Though not as high as the Alps in Switzerland they are breath-taking, and serve various […]

Chronicles of Middle Earth– Part Six– Hobbits all Wet

posted by Ben Witherington

Those of us who love LOTR or the Narnia Tales or both, know perfectly well what a huge roll water plays in these works.  In terms of plot, water works.  Who can forget the dramatic scene where Frodo paddles off […]

District 9–Resident ‘Aliens’ and Alien Humans

posted by Ben Witherington

It’s not as if Peter Jackson has been resting on his laurels after the filming of Lord of the Rings.  And in this 1 hour and 50 some minute sci-fi fantasy thriller, he unveils his best effort since those films […]

Chronicles of Middle Earth– Part Five, Lost in the Woods

posted by Ben Witherington

Anyone who has read either Tolkien or Lewis will realize that there is a special love for the woods and trees shared by these Inklings. In fact, they used to go on long hikes through the woods around Oxford, following […]

What if Worship were Treated like a Sporting Event?

posted by Ben Witherington

It is sad, but true, that increasingly in our consumer driven culture, worship is being treated and approached as entertainment for the consumer. Here is what it might look like if we went the whole way in that direction, and […]

Partying like its 1999– the Wedding Dance

posted by Ben Witherington

And now for something completely different. Here’s a wedding procession to remember. See what you think, and whether you find it tasteful and appropriate or not. BW3

Chronicles of Middle Earth– Part Four, In the Wardrobe

posted by Ben Witherington

Anyone who has read the wonderful Narnia tales of C.S. Lewis is well aware that it was through a clothes closet (called a wardrobe in the British world) that our heroes entered Narnia. This particular post, however, is about what […]

Chronicles of Middle Earth– Part Three, Second Breakfast

posted by Ben Witherington

Merry and Pippin were right after all.  Second Breakfast is fun, though fattening.  It transpires about 9-10 or so in the morning, and can even be followed by Elevensies for those Hobbits looking to be the most well-rounded of the […]

Chronicles of Middle Earth– Part Two, Sheer Nonsense

posted by Ben Witherington

Hobbiton is an idyllic place where sheep may safely graze. But even Hobbits need clothes to wear, and in Middle Earth the number one supplier of materials for said outfits are sheep.  It has been said that New Zealand is […]

Chronicles of Middle Earth– Part One, Hobbiton

posted by Ben Witherington

You will no doubt by now be familiar with this fellow. (courtesy LOTR/ New LIne Cinema) Bilbo Baggins lived at Bag End in Hobbiton.  And I am happy to be able to report that the story he wrote about his […]

Chronicles of Middle Earth– Forewords

posted by Ben Witherington

Long, long ago, in a land far, far away, there lived Hobbits and dwarfs and elves and orcs and ents and humans altogether.  To visit this magical land today still requires that one arise and go away into a far […]

The Divine Swine– Make no bones about it!

posted by Ben Witherington

Went to a great rib joint in Asheville— 12 Bones in the River District.  Basically a transplanted Texas rib and brisket restaurant with a difference— great veggies of various flavors.  Not to mention the jalapeno grits. And then there are […]

Laying Down the Law, and Picking up the Gospel

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the real dilemmas for Christians is what role or roles they should play in the public sphere in an increasingly less Christian country. And to what degree should Christians be in the business of trying to legislate their […]

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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