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Deeper Connections (Part Two)– The Life of Jesus

posted by Ben Witherington

Fresh off the success of the first three Deeper Connections videos, Matt Williams and five additional NT scholars have provided us with three more in depth Bible study tools complimenting the first three.  The format is the same as the […]

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The Pathological ‘Informant’

posted by Ben Witherington

The word unbelievable conjures up many images.  It could mean unbelievably good, or unelievably bad, or simply not credible. In the case of Mark Whitacre a real life corporate executive who had impressive Ivy League credentials, bio-chemistry skills, and multiple […]

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Transfixed— A Sermon on Worship

posted by Ben Witherington

Here is a link to a sermon I preached in Auckland New Zealand last August.  See what you think. http://www.fileden.com/files/2009/3/3/2347628/Podcasts/020809%20Worship.mp3 The church you see above is a mission we visited in Wellington.This church is literally located in the parking lot […]

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The Lost Symbol and the Browning of American Religion

posted by Ben Witherington

Its Number One on Amazon, and has gone to the top of several best seller lists, and the reviews are pouring in for Dan Brown’s latest blockbuster novel, sure to be made into a movie.  But even Mr. Brown’s fans, […]

True Blue

posted by Ben Witherington

I was fortunate enough to have time to go to a UNC football game in Chapel Hill last Saturday with our daughter Christy who lives in Raleigh now and is working on her masters degree.  After some good ole Bullocks […]

An Afternoon with Bob Timberlake Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

Bob Timberlake is a collector of many things.  Here he is sitting in an antique three corner chair, which is constructed as it is in order that a gentleman could sit down without skewering himself with his sword!    The story […]

The Indelible Image– Prologue to NT Theology and Ethics

posted by Ben Witherington

Just released this month is the first volume of my two volume study of the theology and ethics of the NT.  Here as a sample is some of the Prologue to this volume that deals with important presuppositional and prolegomena […]

The ABCs of Adultery

posted by Ben Witherington

As some of you will know by now, ABC has decided to do a series over the coming weeks on the ten commandments or as they are called in Exodus ‘the ten words’  (of God).  Here is the link about […]

An Afternoon with Bob Timberlake Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

Sometimes serendipity happens.  I have just returned from a preaching mission in Lexington North Carolina (not to be confused with the one in Kentucky). Lexington North Carolina is a city of 17,000 and it has about one barbecue restaurant per […]

The Lord’s Supper– The Inside Scoop

posted by Ben Witherington

‘I Can Endure All Things in Him who Strengthens Me– Jack Rushton on Theodicy

posted by Ben Witherington

Perhaps you have read Bart Ehrman’s book, God’s Problem and perhaps not. It deals with the issue of why there is suffering if there is a loving God. This issue is of course more of a problem for those who […]

Feed on the Word

posted by Ben Witherington

Traditionally, Protestantshave recognized only two sacraments–baptism and the Lord’s Supper. There hasbeen some debate about this amongst the more high church Protestants, butbasically the  position has been the samethroughout recent church history. What is interesting about this view is thatit […]

Hobbits Infiltrate Dawn Treader Set

posted by Ben Witherington

Sometimes it is hard to get good help. And trust me, sometimes Pippin and Merry are no help at all, especially after a few pints of ale. If you remember from my last post, I sent these Hobbits off to […]

Talismans of Time

posted by Ben Witherington

  What lessons are learned From the talismans of time Is life absurd Or is it sublime?   Smoke on the mountain Fire in the sky So much pure beauty No one asks why.   Why do the sunsets Remind […]

The Seven Deadly Sins— by Geographical Region

posted by Ben Witherington

Are certain regions of the U.S. more prone to certain sins?  Well, according to one study, it certainly appears this is the case. Here is a link to an article in Wired Magazine that gives us the breakdown. http://www.wired.com/culture/education/magazine/17-09/st_sinmaps What […]

Just Joni– The Genius of Joni Mitchell

posted by Ben Witherington

The word genius should not be thrown around lightly.  But in the world of contemporary music, few artists qualify more than she does.  Early Joni was folk, or folk tinged rock. Middle Joni was jazz rock, moving on into jazz […]

The NIV 2011– A Preview of Coming Attractions

posted by Ben Witherington

While some would say religion and politics do not mix, it is clear that they have not been paying attention to what goes on in the Evangelical and broader Protestant world when it comes to a new English translation of […]

The James Ossuary— More Patina Evidence that supports the Authenticity of the Inscription

posted by Ben Witherington

The never ending trial of Oden Golan, with all its twists and turns, seems finally to be winding down, and there are now some 9,000 pages of testimony and evidence. Amazing.  There is now a new article in Time Magazine […]

Loggins and Messina— Sittin’ Pretty

posted by Ben Witherington

It began a very long time ago, over 40 years ago, with a group called Buffalo Springfield and also to some degree with the Byrds.   There rose up a particular sub-category of rock music called country rock, long before any […]

Julie and Julia on the Joy of Eating

posted by Ben Witherington

I have a true confession.  I would watch Meryl Streep play Babe Ruth in the Babe Ruth story if she chose to do the role.   She might be able to pull it off.  Without question, and without a doubt she […]

A Tribute to Gino Vannelli

posted by Ben Witherington

After hearing thousands of rock and jazz musicians in my lifetime, I can honestly say that the absolute best I ever heard live and in person was, and is, Gino Vannelli, who still at 56 has a magnificent voice. It […]

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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