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The Charles Wesley of the Sudan

posted by Ben Witherington

Jason Byasse is, like myself, a John Wesley Fellow, part of the ever growing network of orthodox Methodists who are concerned with church renewal, church growth, missions, and in general the revitalization of the church.  Here is an interesting story […]

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Sola Scriptura—- What Does it Really Mean?

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the battle cries of the Reformation, responding to, among other things, all sorts of Catholic traditions which are not seen as Scriptural in character, was ‘sola Scriptura’— Scripture alone.  It was often coupled with sola gratia and sola […]

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I Think my Daughter’s an Arminian–a Response Song

posted by Ben Witherington

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I Think My Wife’s a Calvinist— a Hit Song

posted by Ben Witherington

Things go Better with Greek

posted by Ben Witherington

MY TEN FAVORITE ROBERT DUVALL MOVIES AND TV SPECIALS

posted by Ben Witherington

Robert Duvall is probably the best male American actor ofhis generation. He has a long list of great movies and TV specials, so it ishard to pick just ten from his massive oeuvre, but here we go.   1)      TheApostle— […]

‘The Town’—- Beantown

posted by Ben Witherington

It is the oldest proper city in the Northeast. It is also the most European of cities in America.  It still has its very old school ethnic neighborhoods, not least of which is Charlestown with its Irish Catholic population.  My […]

Nemesis— the Latest Lindsey Davis Novel

posted by Ben Witherington

Nemesis, from which we get the transliterated English word, was the Greek god of vengeance, especially exercised about taking action when human beings had been arrogant or hubristic or rude towards the gods.  In fact the name comes from the […]

RANDIAN LIBERTARIANISM—- AN ANTI-CHRISTIAN CREDO

posted by Ben Witherington

              I remember reading Ayn Rand a very long time ago. A lonely immigrant from Russia, whose real name was Alisa Rosenbaum,  her books, particularly Atlas Shrugged but also The Fountainhead, and The Virtue of Selfishness  touted not merely […]

A Little Night Music–from Sade

posted by Ben Witherington

Colbert on Rev Jones and the Manhattan Mosque

posted by Ben Witherington

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Word – Mutually Assured Coercion www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election Fox News

Jacob’s Ladder—Jacob’s Dream

posted by Ben Witherington

I’ve just returned from doing the Festival of Faith at First Central Presbyterian Church in Abilene Texas, and along the way I got to take some pictures of the beautiful banners and stained glass windows in this beautiful church pastored […]

Ikea Idea for a Cat-astrophic Monday

posted by Ben Witherington

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Are UFOs Real? Can Angels Fly Saucers?

posted by Ben Witherington

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

9/11 Anniversary—Nine Years Later

posted by Ben Witherington

Those images by now are edged into the subconscious of most of us.  One of my editors for Cambridge U. Press was right down the street when all Hades broke lose above his head.  Many weeks later, he was still […]

The Jesus Manifesto–an Interview with Frank Viola

posted by Ben Witherington

N.B.  I have known Len Sweet for years, and though I have never met Frank Viola in person (unless we are talking about the one who used to pitch for the Red Sox), he and I have corresponded a lot […]

Scary Potter–The Finale Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

‘The American’— Clooney the Assassin

posted by Ben Witherington

The life of an assassin cannot be easy.  They must always look over their shoulder.  They must never engage in lasting relationships that would compromise their anonymity.  They must live a life on the run, and mostly alone.  So much […]

What Will You Do?

posted by Ben Witherington

  What will you do When your race is through And you’re nowhere near the finish line?   What will you do When it doesn’t come true And you leave your dreams behind?   What will you do When folk […]

‘Get Low’ Rates High

posted by Ben Witherington

I have, for as long as I can remember, been an enormous fan of Robert Duvall. Even in his first cameo role as Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird, he was something special.  I have loved his various cowboy […]

The SBL Kerfuffle—- Should Christian Scholars Participate?

posted by Ben Witherington

Here is an article in Christianity Today about the recent kerfuffle about whether believing scholars should participate in the guild— the Society of Biblical Literature. This was all prompted by an article by Ron Hendel in BAR earlier this year.  […]

‘Get Low’–a Preview of a Great Film

posted by Ben Witherington

The Jesus Seminar— 25 Years Later

posted by Ben Witherington

Jeff MacDonald, a good journalist has written an article for the Religious News Service which has now appeared in the Huffington Post about the impact of the Jesus Seminar 25 years later, and what they are up to now.  Here […]

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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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