The Bible and Culture

The Bible and Culture

January 1970 Archives


posted by Ben Witherington

In God’s Kingdom…. The architect is greater than the architecture The artist is greater than the art The singer is greater than the song The playwright is greater than the play The poet is greater than the poetry The person […]


‘We Have Seen his Glory’– The Nature of NT Worship

posted by Ben Witherington

My latest book,  which comes out on Feb. 15th, and can be ordered now at Amazon deals with the issue of the sorry state of worship in the Protestant Church these days, with much of what passes for worship being […]


God’s Righteousness– in 2 Corinthians

posted by Ben Witherington

In the wake of Tom Wright’s recent book on Justification and righteousness, the discussion has once more become vibrant and even volatile in some quarters.  One of the major things that actually seems lacking in these discussions is a consideration […]


New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part Nine

posted by Ben Witherington   A major part of the deprogramming that is needed for Christians in the West has to do with having a critical approach to capitalism.   The Bible does notpresent us with either communistic or capitalistic options when […]

A Rebuttal to Mr. Robertson

posted by Ben Witherington

Enough Said.  Special thanks to Mike Lukovich for creating this cartoon.

The Athens of the South—- Nashville

posted by Ben Witherington

Behold the Parthenon— in Nashville.  Who knew?  Yes there is a life size replica of the Parthenon built in 1898 for an Exposition and refurbished in the last ten years.  Built to the exact specifications of the original, complete with […]

Just Another Day in Jerusalem

posted by Ben Witherington

A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew have a morning chat in the Old City.

Rock N’ Roll Quiz– the Analysis of the Third Ten

posted by Ben Witherington

In the should have been in this quiz category are of course many artists and groups, for instance Paul Simon, pictured above in his younger days.   We’ve now reached the home stretch, the last ten choices, and there were some […]

New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part Eight

posted by Ben Witherington One of the more persistent myths about money that circulates in some Christian circles goes like this…. Myth Five:  ‘Money is the root of all evil’ hence the nick name ‘filthy lucre’ or unrighteous mammon’. Ergo, it’s better […]

Rock N’ Roll Quiz– the Analysis of the Second Ten

posted by Ben Witherington

There were some deliberate no brainers thrown into the mix in this quiz, and the responses sometimes reflect this.  A healthy majority of you picked Joni Mitchell at no. 11, and understandably so since her ouevre is much more considerable, […]

New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part Seven

posted by Ben Witherington Part of deprogramming yourself from the culture of excess involves decreasing the amount of waste in your life.  Of course part of this involves decreasing your carbon footprint– creating less carbon waste by driving more fuel efficient vehicles […]

Rock N’ Roll Quiz– the Analysis of the First Ten

posted by Ben Witherington

There they are the Liverpudlians, looking young and fresh faced. Who knew that folk like them, building on the legacy of Elvis and others, would change the world— not merely the musical tastes of the world,  but the culture of […]

Cellphones–Driving us Crazy

posted by Ben Witherington

I saw it yet again just last week– yet another example of extremely dangerous driving caused by drivers using hand held cellphones.  But it is hardly just the driving issues that are problematic about cellphones.    Consider the article in […]

Rock N’ Roll Quiz

posted by Ben Witherington

CLASSIC ROCK AND FOLK ROCK QUIZ               So you areseriously stranded on a desert island for 30 days, but the good news is, whileit does not have internet or cellphone connectability, what it does have is oneway time travel […]

The Church in the House in Dura-Europos

posted by Ben Witherington

Right by the famous Euphrates river in western Syria, by the Syrian city of Salhiye and near Turkey is the city of Dura, or as we know it, Dura-Europos, the home of the first Europeans (for the name comes from […]

Theological Movie Month Part Two– The Book of Eli

posted by Ben Witherington

The word Eli is the first word Jesus spoke from the cross— calling out to God.  El is the most basic word for God in Hebrew, and Eli a form of that word. It is part of the name Elijah […]

New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part Six

posted by Ben Witherington There are so many myths about tithing that it is hard to enumerate them all.  One of the more popular ones is this—If you tithe, then God will necessarily bless you far more than you have given.   This […]

Love a Good Murder Mystery? Try James or Doherty

posted by Ben Witherington

‘Now is the winter of our discontent’ said the Bard, but for me its a time for reading dis content or dat content. I do a lot of reading in January during all the cold and snow. And there is […]

A Word from a Chaplain on God’s Presence in the Midst of Disaster

posted by Ben Witherington

Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy was not, by classic standards a great poet.  But as a Chaplain in WWI who saw everything in France in the Maginot line he reflected long and deep not just on human beings inhumanity and cruelty to other […]

Theological Movie Month Part One– The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

posted by Ben Witherington

January is normally the dead zone for movies, but somehow this year it has turned into theological movie month what with The Edge of Darkness at the end of the movie with Mel Gibson playing an avenging angel of a […]

New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part Five

posted by Ben Witherington Discretionary spending. Its an odd phrase. It suggests a person who has more money than they really know what to do with.   But in fact most of the people who are reading this do have  at least some […]

Haiti– Where Was God?

posted by Ben Witherington

Hard on the heels of devastating tropical storms in 2008 which reaked havoc on the shores of Haiti comes now a 7.0 earthquake followed by a 5.9 aftershock leaving huge swaths of the poorest nation in the western hemisphere in […]

Colbert Settles the Science vs. Faith Debate

posted by Ben Witherington

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c

New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part Four

posted by Ben Witherington Myth Three:  If we are just sincere enough in our asking, or simply pray long and fervently enough, God is bound to give us what we ask for.    This whole approach to prayer seems to see prayer […]

Memento Mori– Dead Weight

posted by Ben Witherington

You learn a lot about a culture by how it treats its dead, and indeed how it approaches death.  This post will not be an historical survey of the practices and approaches of differing cultures. Rather I would like to […]

New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part Three

posted by Ben Witherington Most of us by now are familiar with the tried and true joke about the difference between an offering and a sacrifice.  The story goes that a hen and a pig are having a conversation early one morning […]

Meet Bart Stupak— Catholic Democrat Right to Lifer

posted by Ben Witherington

Perhaps you’ve never met a Youpper.  Perhaps you’ve never been there either— to the upper peninsula of Michigan, where beer freezes at football games in the late fall.  Youpper’s are a hardy lot.  They can easily give Green Bay Packer […]

The Gospel of Jesus—Part Thirty

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER THIRTY:  ABIDING TRUTHS               The meal on Wednesday evening was not elaborate, and the mood was more somber than celebratory. After two days of confrontation with authorities and some people in the crowds, the disciples wondered what could […]

Bono’s Ten for Ten: U2 Can Help our Future

posted by Ben Witherington

New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington Money is one of those rare subjects that almost everyone has opinions on, including most Christians.  And of course there are so many cliches about money—‘money can’t buy you love’ being a familiar one thanks to the Beatles. […]

The Conservative Bible Project

posted by Ben Witherington

Conservatives to rewrite Bible – Watch more Politics Videos at Vodpod. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c

New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

Does this picture describe your current precipitous financial situation?  Well, fear not, just in time for 2010, there is now a Biblical guide to what to do about this situation.  The title of the book is Jesus and Money. A […]

Our Perpetually Messed Up Calendar– And the No Account Media

posted by Ben Witherington

Meet Dionysius Exiguus, or as I prefer to call him Denny the Dwarf. He was a Roman monk who lived in the 6th century A.D. and somewhere around 545 as a chronologist and scholar he decided to try and properly […]

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

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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