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The Gospel of Jesus–Part Thirteen

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: THE ANALYSIS OF A PARALYSIS One of the things Jesus had been reflecting on during his stay in Bethany is the different mission and ministry strategies that would be required in Judea in proclaiming the good news about […]

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Jesus and Money on the Radio

posted by Ben Witherington

Here is a link to an interview I did today on a west coast radio show on my book Jesus and money.   See what you think. http://debbiechavezshow.com/2010/04/21/04212010-jesus-and-money.aspx BW3

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The Gospel of Jesus–Part Twelve

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TWELVE: SOJOURN IN JUDEA Jesus realized it would be wise for him to get away from Kefer-Nahum for a while and so he told his disciples they should stay and work here for a few days, that he would […]

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The Story of Sin— A Dark Tale Part Four

posted by Ben Witherington

In chapter 3 the plot of the story of sin thickens, or since we are talking about sin, one could say the plot sickens.  At the outset of the chapter,  Gary Anderson demonstrates how the Hebrew phrase nasa awon is […]

Noah’s Ark Found—–Again???

posted by Ben Witherington

In a story released just today on Fox News, we have new claims that Noah’s Ark has been found in eastern Turkey. I heard rumors of this last May when I was in Turkey, but only now has the team […]

The Wheaton Theology Conference

posted by Ben Witherington

If you are a Tom Wright fan, then this is the right conference for you. Here’s a link to some of the lectures and presentations at the April 16-17th conference at Wheaton — http://samson.wheaton.edu/wetn/lectures-theology10.html

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Eleven

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER ELEVEN: RETURN TO THE SEASHORE It was Friday, and the travelers had been moving with some pace as they wanted to reach Kefer Nahum, the village named after the prophet Nahum, in time for the Shabbat service in the […]

The Story of Sin— A Dark Tale Part Three

posted by Ben Witherington

           If you are a serious student of the Bible and its key terms and metaphors, it does not take long before you realize that ‘sin’ is seen as something more than just a momentary lapse of good judgment resulting […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Ten

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TEN: WINING AND DINING The wedding feast turned out to be the biggest celebration of the year in this small village. Practically everyone in town was invited, and even some who were not initially invited showed up after last […]

The Story of Sin— A Dark Tale Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

In the first chapter of his important book,  Gary Anderson lays out his cards as to how to approach the issue of sin.  His will be a history of ideas and their development approach, or put another way, a diachronic […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Nine

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER NINE: COMING TO QANA It did not take long for Andrew to notice some noteworthy differences between Jesus and John the baptizer. Jesus was no ascetic, nor did he dress in spartan or prototypical prophetic clothing, nor did he […]

The Story of Sin— A Dark Tale Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

One of my best friends, A.J. Levine, a NT professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School was teaching at a penitentiary in the Nashville area named Riverbend. The subject on the occasion was the Lord’s Prayer.  Bob Smetana in the Nashville newspaper […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Eight

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER EIGHT: SIMON AND CEPHAS He sat by the lake skimming stones across the placid water. It was early morning and only the fishermen had been out on the lake thus far, and with little results as the air and […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Seven

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER SEVEN: LOOKING FOR LEARNERS While John’s preaching and baptizing might well be serving as a wake up call for many Galileans and Judeans, for Jesus it had led to reflections not about amendment of life, but about the time […]

The OIe Sport Weighs in—- ESPN are you listening?

posted by Ben Witherington

Last night on ESPN there was this huge debate as to whether baseball or football is a better sport. The debate was rather easily won by Buck Showalter and was seconded by Dave Winfield, who are both of course, baseball […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Six

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER SIX: FEELING THE HEAT Jesus had fasted and prayed before, but this time he knew he needed to do so in earnest. He felt confident that now with the Spirit upon him he would be able to endure a […]

3-D Movies— From Duds to Dudes, from Krakens to Dragons

posted by Ben Witherington

In the wake of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, 3-D movies have become all the rage, and a growing trend in the theater.  But when one watches a film like the remake of the 1981 film, Clash of the Titans,  […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Five

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER FIVE: JOHN AND JESUS AT THE JORDAN When Jesus awoke numerous of those staying at the oasis had already packed up and left, either heading home from being with John the previous day, or heading down the slope into […]

It’s About Faith

posted by Ben Witherington

The Formula that Explains the Trinity

posted by Ben Witherington

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Four

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER FOUR: A WOMAN POSSESSED AND A MAN ON A MISSION The discussion with James, more like an argument, had not gone as Jesus had hoped. James, always a bit feisty anyway, being the second eldest, had not liked having […]

The Merchant of Dreams

posted by Ben Witherington

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Three

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER THREE: MIGDAL AND QANA On the northwest corner of the sea called Kinneret or Tiberias sat the little village of Migdal, between Kefer-Nahum and Bet-saida. All three of these villages were fishing villages, and business was booming at this […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TWO: A DEEP CONVERSATION AND A DISTURBING DREAM Miryam had sensed at once something was amiss when Jesus barely touched his supper. He was far too preoccupied and was not his normal jovial, joyful self. He seemed distant, reserved […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS A TRUE STORY By Ben Witherington, III INCOGNITO He came in incognito, A thinly veiled disguise The not so subtle son of man, A human with God’s eyes. The messianic secret, Left many unawares A God […]

Signs of the Times

posted by Ben Witherington

The Real Face of Jesus— Shrouded in Mystery

posted by Ben Witherington

Do you recognize this man?  This of course is the image on the famous Shroud of Turin, perhaps at this juncture the most famous Christian relic of all.  But is it Jesus?  Medical experts have examined the Shroud in detail […]

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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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