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March 2010 Archives

Beware of the Dogs– Philippians 3.2

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the real problems in Biblical scholarship is that it is too often an armchair profession.  Biblical scholars sit in their chairs and study and write. This is good as far as a it goes, but if you don’t […]

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Apocalypse Soon……… On DVD

posted by Ben Witherington

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Sister Act for Real— Real Nuns Teaching Theology

posted by Ben Witherington

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Colbert on Papal Wristy Behavior

posted by Ben Witherington

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Pope Wrist Watch www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care reform

Trace Elements

posted by Ben Witherington

  Imagination, that restless ghost Will not stop haunting me, Will not stop hunting me, Or leave me in peace.   Its voice is insistent Persistent Consistent Resistent To my lethargy.   Like rain beating On my window Sometimes just […]

Colbert on Angling for Priests— Holy Water under the Bridge?

posted by Ben Witherington

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Holy Water Under the Bridge – Randall Balmer www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care reform

The Wesley Thefts— A Drew Mystery (and I don’t mean Nancy)

posted by Ben Witherington

John and Charles could never have imagined it, but a student at Drew University has stolen various letters from the Methodist Archives, including some of Wesleys own original letters, and tried to sell them in the U.K. for major money.  […]

Colbert skewers Beck, with the help of Fr. Martin

posted by Ben Witherington

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Glenn Beck Attacks Social Justice – James Martin www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care reform

I Shutter to Think— Shutter Island

posted by Ben Witherington

Psychological thrillers of the first magnitude have been few and far between in recent years.  Oh yes, there has been the occasional Beautiful Minds kind of film that messes with you, but since the era of Hitchcock and Bergman there […]

Caution: Work in Progress– a Theology of Work

posted by Ben Witherington

(Image courtesy of Google and Mr. Chester of the United Kingdom) I am working on a little book on work for Eerdmans.  I thought I’d test drive the Preface and see what you thought.  Let me know.  (BW3) CAUTION— WORK […]

Gandalf Talks Hobbit and Narnia draws Near

posted by Ben Witherington

Ian McKellen, who will reprise his role as Gandalf in the two forthcoming films based on Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and other material has announced that shooting will begin in New Zealand in June and will take almost a year to […]

Mehldau Meltdown?— Not Likely

posted by Ben Witherington

There are jazz pianists and then there are JAZZ pianists, and clearly Brad Mehldau is in the latter category.  I have been a great admirer of his ouevre for a long time, going back now to his first CD  Introducing […]

Not at your Beck and Call– a Reply to Glenn Beck

posted by Ben Witherington

Dear Glenn Beck:               I must admit that your recent attack (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/12/us/12justice.html?scp=3&sq=glenn%20beck&st=cse) on the issue of whether the church should be involved in social justice matters or not took me by surprise especially when you inanely went on to […]

The Sporting Life– What Happened to It?

posted by Ben Witherington

The coarsening of our culture has been going on for a long time, and nowhere is this more in evidence than in sports– high profile college, and also professional sports. Some of this is because of the seduction of money.  […]

The Political History of the Whole Biblical World in 90 Seconds Flat

posted by Ben Witherington

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Surrealistic Pillow— Alice in Wonderland

posted by Ben Witherington

“:One pill makes you smaller, and one pill makes you big….go ask Alice….”  Thus went the song ‘White Rabbit’  on Jefferson Airplane’s breakout album Surrealistic Pillow.  Of course the album, among other things was celebrating psychotropic drugs, but we have […]

Music that Moves You

posted by Ben Witherington

It has been said that music is the sound of the soul.  If so, some people’s souls are over-crowded and just plain noisy.  But then there are those who must have pretty sublime souls to judge from their music.  In […]

Jesus’ Narrative Thought World and Message

posted by Ben Witherington

                       The Grand Narrative:            The Storied World of Jesus and HisMessage                                              BenWitherington  III               Sometimesin the study of the message of Jesus, we have all been guilty of missing theforest due to the over-analysis of […]

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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 are some of the senior fellows attending the meeting.

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 below......   My response to this nonsense above

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 seminary building.  The art of choice comes from a West

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 resists the tendency to be verbose or erudite for all

posted 9:30:59am Jan. 07, 2011 | read full post »

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