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The Message of Jesus–New Orleans Baptist Forum

posted by Ben Witherington

The Greer-Hurd Forum was an outstanding success this years, thanks to all the hard work of Bob Stewart pictured at the far right on the bottom row of this picture.  Excellent papers were presented by Amy Jill Levine from Vandy […]

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More on Gobekli Tepe Temple

posted by Ben Witherington

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The Message of Jesus— a Discussion at New Orleans Baptist

posted by Ben Witherington

http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.baptistmessage.com/node/6088&ct=ga&cd=20uTuQw7uKg&usg=AFQjCNE0o1UUurO3zB6Ml6smU3-Xh8z_kQ I will be preaching in chapel at New Orleans Baptist on Thursday and speaking at New Orleans Baptist this Friday. John Dominic Crossan and I will be discussing the actual message and meaning of Jesus. Above is a link […]

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The Earliest Temple in the World

posted by Ben Witherington

Eastern Turkey is a fascinating place, and increasingly it is being recognized as one of the cradles of ANE civilization.  We now have considerably more grist for that mill with the announcement of the discovery of a Temple 11,500 years […]

The End is Coming!

posted by Ben Witherington

A Holy Discontent

posted by Ben Witherington

    ( Overview of Nicea (Iznik), and its beautiful lake, on the shore of which the Council of Nicea was held in 325 A.D.)             So much ofpop psychology these days is all about encouraging you to ‘accept yourself […]

‘Crazy Heart’— Bad Blake, Tiger Woods, and Others

posted by Ben Witherington

            I watched the mea culpa of Tiger Woods this morning, all 14 or so minutes of it.  It was definitely the material of a country song.  I am glad Tiger has begun to own his problems and misbehavior, though […]

Grave Diggers

posted by Ben Witherington

              They knowhow to shovel that stuff The dirt and the mud and the grime,             They’reprobing for a shady character Or just another citizen to slime.               They’llbury your reputation After poking around in your past             […]

Who Dat Singin’ Duke of Earl with the Soul Brothers in the French Quarter?

posted by Ben Witherington

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Lent– and the Decline of Church Attendance of the Young

posted by Ben Witherington

We have begun the Lenten season today. The word comes from the English term lengthen, referring to the season of the year where we have the lengthening of the days.  The church has made this a season of prayer, fasting, […]

Tour St. John Lateran— the Papal Basilica

posted by Ben Witherington

Check out this tour of various parts of the Papal Basilica known as St. John Lateran, one of the oldest church complexes in the world. http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_giovanni/vr_tour/index-en.html

New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part Thirteen

posted by Ben Witherington

http://www.brazospress.com/Book.asp?isbn=978-1-58743-274-3 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/isbn=1587432749/bakerbookhouseA So Fat Tuesday is coming, and hard on its heels Lent– the season for repentance, amendment of life, changing one’s lifestyle, fasting, and the like. In other words, the perfect season to get our Christian house in order […]

Attempting to Overcome A Tempting— a Sermon

posted by Ben Witherington

Last week in Chapel Dr. Ben Witherington gave the message.  Here is the audio for you to check out (link). Enjoyhttp://asburyseminary.blogs.com/

A Cure for the Uncommon Winter— a Slow Burn for Valentine’s

posted by Ben Witherington

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Neither Clergy nor Laity– a NT Vision of Ministry

posted by Ben Witherington

(This is an edited version of the lecture I gave twice in Houston this past week, with good response).            Almost all forms of ancient religion were all about priests, temples, and sacrifices.  This was as true of Greek religion […]

New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part Twelve

posted by Ben Witherington

Myth Nine:  Since we are saved by grace through faith, God will not hold us responsible for what we do with our money after our conversion.We will not be saved or lost by our deeds, or misdeeds.   This is […]

Why Dinosaurs were not considered no account (Noah count)

posted by Ben Witherington

On Stewardship– God is Green and So Should You (But it’s not Easy Being Green)

posted by Ben Witherington

James Howell is the minister of my home church in Charlotte. Here is a thoughtful two part post he has sent out recently (used by permission). Stewardship is a spiritual practice?  It feels more like the inevitable business side of […]

LOST! Has Been Found Again!

posted by Ben Witherington

It’s back for its sixth and last season, and thank goodness because otherwise much of this year’s TV fare has been forgettable, dreadful, banal, hopeless, pitiful, and vulgar to throw out only a few applicable epithets. J.J. Abrams’ LOST however […]

New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part Eleven

posted by Ben Witherington

http://www.brazospress.com/Book.asp?isbn=978-1-58743-274-3 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/isbn=1587432749/bakerbookhouseA   There are certainpsychological dynamics which drive any culture, and two of the most obvious ones inour culture are the consumer and competitive drives.  There are an awful lot of Christians who areconsumer junkies or competition junkies. They have […]

Houston– We Have a Solution! The Laity Conference Feb. 4-5

posted by Ben Witherington

I will be coming to Houston tomorrow for the Celebrating a Call to Lay Ministry Conference which begins Thursday evening and continues all day Friday. I will be speaking Friday on a nice non-controversial topic— ‘In Christ there is neither […]

Do you Know Beans about Beans?– the Story of Coffee, the First Christian Beverage

posted by Ben Witherington

Two of the things I had to learn whilst owning a coffee shop in Wilmore Kentucky for five years was: 1) what are the best coffee beans; and 2) what is the story, the history of coffee?   On the latter […]

New Year’s Resolve: Jesus and Money Part Ten

posted by Ben Witherington

http://www.brazospress.com/Book.asp?isbn=978-1-58743-274-3 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/isbn=1587432749/bakerbookhouseA In our discussionof the ministry of Jesus  in ‘Jesus and Money’ we pointed out that Jesus announced that the coming ofthe Kingdom involved the coming of the year of Jubilee (Lk. 4).  And we can see further reflection […]

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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