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Food for Thought

posted by Ben Witherington

BRAIN FOOD   I’ve got a genuine replica brain, It’s a collectible rendition, I grant it’s not the latest model, But it’s in good condition.   It still processes data pretty well Though there are some memory lapses It distinguishes […]

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Never Give Up

posted by Ben Witherington

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Beck Beckons at the Lincoln Memorial

posted by Ben Witherington

On the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I have a Dream’ speech, somewhere between 300,000 and 600,000 people showed up for a rally at the Lincoln Memorial featuring speeches by Glenn Beck (a Mormon) and Sarah Palin (some sort […]

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Leighton Ford on a Christian Approach to Muslims

posted by Ben Witherington

Leighton Ford is an old Charlotte friend of mine, and was formerly Billy Graham’s right hand man in the Billy Graham Association.  I find what he says in this post both sensible, sane, and well worth reflection.  BW3 Jesus and […]

Honest to God

posted by Ben Witherington

  There is no unmoved Mover Who set the stars a-spin And crawled back into heaven Never seen again.   There is no old Watchmaker Who wound all things up tight And then retreated quietly Removed from thought or sight. […]

Near Cat-tastrophe of the Day

posted by Ben Witherington

Jesus and Money— the Convocation Address

posted by Ben Witherington

My book Jesus and Money is being picked up as a textbook this Fall, including at Greenville College in Ill. where I will be giving the Convocation Address this week.  Here is the text of the address. JESUS AND MONEY […]

Cross Talk in Poland

posted by Ben Witherington

For some weeks now, there have been a lot of protests and prayers being offered in the capital of Poland, and the center of attention and controversy is a large wooden cross and a former President who is both revered […]

The Road Less Travelled

posted by Ben Witherington

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I took the one less traveled by…..” “Walking down a country road” “The highway to Hell” The road to nowhere. Shoreline drive. The roundabout way to get there. Tunnel vision. “The long […]

The Faith of Barack Obama

posted by Ben Witherington

Despite repeated denials,  there are still many conservative persons, including many conservative Christians who think the President of the United States is a Muslim.  One can only imagine that his recent remarks about the proposed mosque in N.Y. near ground […]

More Novel Ideas

posted by Ben Witherington

The summer fun reading period is almost over, but I wanted to mention two excellent novels that give you a better feel for the first century world in which the NT was written.  Both novels are set in the 70s […]

Everything you Want— Is not Everything you Need

posted by Ben Witherington

For further developments of this theme see my Jesus and Money. Music courtesy of a band from my wife’s neighborhood in Massachusetts—- Vertical Horizon

The Indelible Image— an Interview with Nijay Gupta

posted by Ben Witherington

Interview with Ben Witherington III on THE INDELIBLE IMAGE http://nijaygupta.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/interview-with-ben-witherington-iii-on-the-indelible-image/ Ben Witherington III, Amos Professor of NT for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary (KY), is a highly competent interpreter of Scripture and a prolific author. We have some interesting similarities. […]

The Changing Face of Seminary Education

posted by Ben Witherington

Cary Hughes sent me a link to an article on Don Carson’s blog about seminary education and what needs to change about it. Here is the link to the article  http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2010/08/13/tgc-asks-what-one-thing-you-would-change-about-seminary-education/ What intrigues me about this article is two fold. […]

Theological Books Down Under

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the real problems for theological education in far flung places like Australia and New Zealand is the cost of theological books. Having spent a good deal of this and last summer Down Under in both countries, it is […]

What Happens when Two Ministers Get Their Just Desserts

posted by Ben Witherington

We were just responding to the mandate of Queen Marie Antoinette.  That other dude is Mark Stevens a Aussie minister who lives in a parallel universe called Happy Valley. They’d all be happy if they got to eat the chocolate […]

Now Open for Business– the Moral Compass Action Center

posted by Ben Witherington

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Jesus and Friends Down Under

posted by Ben Witherington

I’ve just returned from a challenging three week lecture and preaching stint in Australia and near the end I was able to go see an art exhibition at the gallery in Sydney entitled Victorian Visions, thanks to friends Andrea and […]

Lands of the Bible 2010– Sagalassos

posted by Ben Witherington

Nestled well up in the mountains north of Antalya and south of Psidian Antioch is the ancient city of Sagalassos, a spectacular archaeological site we visited on the last day of our tour. Here on the mountains Alexander the Great […]

Colbert touts 3-D Catholic TV

posted by Ben Witherington

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

Lands of the Bible 2010– Patara

posted by Ben Witherington

The last place Paul put into port in Turkey before he headed to Jerusalem on his 3rd missionary journey was Patara (see Acts 21.1).  It is an enormous archaeological site at which there is now much restoration work. Among other […]

Lands of the Bible 2010– Kas, and Carry

posted by Ben Witherington

There are many wonderful little fishing villages on the south coast of Turkey, many of which you can only really visit by boat.  Kas (pronounced Kash) is one such place, being the site of the ancient Greek city named Antiphellus. We see […]

Clergy who Lose Their Faith— James Howell’s Reflections

posted by Ben Witherington

CLERGY WHO HAVE LOST THEIR FAITH      While I can feel sympathy for clergy who have lost their faith, I do have a few questions for them, more for their professors in seminary, a handful for Daniel Dennett, and a […]

Lands of the Bible 2010– Demre

posted by Ben Witherington

One of our last stops on the Gullet boat tour was the impressive little town of Demre, also basically inaccessible except by water. This was another Greek fishing village, that has some fortifications from the Ottoman period, and more interestingly, […]

The Grocery Store at Corinth

posted by Ben Witherington

Hard by the Isthmus is the Basilopoulos grocery story, which in itself is worth a visit on the way to the ancient site.  The first two pictures below show the several story store, which in fact is more than a […]

Atoning for Neglecting the Atonement

posted by Ben Witherington

    (This lecture will be delivered in another form at the IBR meeting at the SBL in Atlanta in November) THE DEATH OF SIN IN THE DEATH OF JESUS: ATONEMENT THEOLOGY IN THE NT Dr. Ben Witherington, III Amos […]

Even More Finger Lickin Pickin—- Don Ross

posted by Ben Witherington

Watch the right hand closely on this one…..He uses a thumb pick.

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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