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October 2010 Archives

Play Ball— An Ode to Baseball

posted by Ben Witherington

I must admit to getting pretty mushy about baseball, especially at this time of year.  I remember as if it were yesterday when my Dad would take me to see the Greensboro Yankees in the 50s and 60s, and I […]

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A PAIN IN THE NECK— THE STORY OF PAIN

posted by Ben Witherington

                   Pain is an odd thing.  I once took a philosophy course at Carolina where we noted its oddity, and then discussed it to death until I was disgusted.  The main point Professor E. Maynard Adams was making […]

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Atheists Just Sing the Blues

posted by Ben Witherington

How true it is! I wonder what that says about all those psalms of lament in the Psalter? Just asking I have to say, Steve Martin is my kind of atheist. And he sings o.k. too, with the Canyon Rangers […]

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Husbands as Stay at Home Dads?

posted by Ben Witherington

Mark Driscoll is an increasingly popular Christian teacher, with a considerable ministry. One of my students at Asbury Seminary asked me to comment on this video (see above), more specifically on the use of Titus 2 in this video to […]

Non Sequiturs—- Who Will be amongst the ‘Elect'(ed)?

posted by Ben Witherington

  We’re, mercifully, only a week away from what has been one of the nastiest seasons of election campaigns in living memory, with more mud being slung and blood being spilled than in a monster truck rally in Rupp arena […]

Sole Fide, Sole Scriptura— What Did the Reformers Mean?

posted by Ben Witherington

James R. Payton, Getting the Reformation Wrong. Correcting  some Misunderstandings,  (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2010), 240 pages, $23.                 History is unquestionably messy and complex, and this is all the more the case when one is considering some of the […]

The Garden of the Gods

posted by Ben Witherington

Colorado Springs is a pretty, spiritual place in many ways. It is the home of Navigators,  Dobson ministries, the Franciscan Retreat Center (where I met with the Ad Lib society),  the Air Force Chapel, and in terms of general revelation, […]

The Cadet Chapel At the Air Force Academy— Part Three

posted by Ben Witherington

The Jewish Chapel (err Synagogue) is different from the two Christian chapels in that it is basically circular, not in the shape of a rectangle.  One of the interesting features of this chapel is the various mezuzahs in the door […]

‘Hereafter’— The Supernatural Network

posted by Ben Witherington

You know when half the critics are raving that this Clint Eastwood film is his masterpiece and the other half are just raving that something is up.  The premise is not new of course— contact with those in the afterlife […]

The Duke Convocation 2010– N.T. Wright, Part Three

posted by Ben Witherington

The final Gray lecture by Tom Wright was not quite as full of juice as the first one, nevertheless, there were some good points along the way.  This lecture was entitled,  ‘How God Became King’  (on earth, as it is […]

Dog Gone Grace

posted by Ben Witherington

The Cadet Chapel At the Air Force Academy— Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

The Catholic Chapel at the Cadet Chapel is necessarily more like a grotto chapel with a flat roof, since it is beneath the Protestant Chapel.  Its acoustics are far better than the Protestant Chapel, and it has a spectacular mosaic […]

The Duke Convocation 2010– N.T. Wright, Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

Tom Wright graced us with two lectures, the James A Gray lectures, during Duke’s Fall Convocation.  James A. Gray was an entrepreneurial Christian lay man from Centenary UMC in Winston Salem, who endowed a chair of Bible at UNC, and […]

The Cadet Chapel At the Air Force Academy— Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

During our free time our Yuliya (now working on her PhD at the U. of Chicago in Theology and the Arts) and I and our friend Roger Nelson  (aka John Wesley) went to see the spectacular Cadet Chapel at the […]

The Duke Convocation 2010– N.T. Wright, Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

Though not part of the Convocation per se,  the Sunday worship service which Ann and I and Christy attended featured Tom Wright preaching on the conjunction of two texts involving lepers. The first, the famous story of Naaman the Syrian, […]

In My Mind I’m Gone to Carolina

posted by Ben Witherington

Above you will see not only my favorite watering hole on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, you also get a glimpse of two relatives of my, geared up to go see the Heels play Son of Clem (i.e. Clemson).  It […]

The Duke Convocation 2010– Andy Crouch

posted by Ben Witherington

Above pictured is the new dean of Duke Divinity School, my good friend (and fellow Braves and Red Sox fan)  Richard Hays.  Here he is introducing Andy Crouch, whose session of culture making seems to have most resonated with the […]

R.E.D.— Retired, Extremely DULL

posted by Ben Witherington

The conception of the movie is understandable after the enormous success of Oceans 11 etc. etc.  It’s a ‘lets get the old gang back together again’ movie.  Some of these movies, like the Oceans 11 franchise are true ensemble cast […]

Ars Longa—No Longer

posted by Ben Witherington

The following is a lecture delivered in beautiful Colorado Springs to the Ad Lib Society, a group of Christian artists from the Midwest and West.  Thanks to Dr. Richard Terrell and all for a wonderful weekend and good hospitality. ARS […]

Archbishop Langton— An Interesting Dude

posted by Ben Witherington

Stuck on the back of Person Hall, at my alma mater, UNC is a statue of an archbishop, one Stephen Langton, late of Canterbury.  The statue was rescued from some rubble somewhere between Big Ben and the Parliament building.  You […]

The Duke Convocation 2010– Rob Bell

posted by Ben Witherington

On Oct. 11-12 of this year, Duke Divinity school hosted its most well attended ever Convocation (over 900 ministers and laity), in the main because of its line up of speakers— N.T. Wright, Rob Bell, and Andy Crouch to just […]

Joke of the Day— Jesus is Nobody’s Pawn

posted by Ben Witherington

“Everything in my parents house is broken. We play chess, and there are six pieces missing. So, we replace them with pieces from my mom’s nativity scene. We’re playing chess with the Virgin Mary and goats and wise men, and […]

The Afterlife

posted by Ben Witherington

Here is another little sample of the DVD Revelation and the End Times now released for use with the book of the same name. It works well in Sunday School or Bible study settings. Check it out

Secretariat— Big Red Moves On to the Silver Screen

posted by Ben Witherington

Meet Secretariat and Ron Turcotte.  It is safe to say that there have been few horses in all of human history like Secretariat.  Oh, perhaps Alexander the Great’s horse would qualify, or Robert E. Lee’s Traveler, but there are few […]

The Return of the King— Christ’s Parousia

posted by Ben Witherington

Here is a clip from my just released DVD series on Revelation and the End Times, a companion to the little book that goes with it. Check it out. You’ll find it online at Amazon, or better yet, if you […]

Marx and Scannell at the Bijou—- Excellent!

posted by Ben Witherington

The images above are of a great old theater with fabulous acoustics, in a great location (downtown Knoxville), at a great concert Oct. 7th.  Keith Jagger (no relation to Mick, he’s my T.A.) and I made the drive down to […]

This is the Way the Trial Ends, Not with a Bang but…….

posted by Ben Witherington

http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/judge-considers-verdict-in-jesus-forgery-case/19659376 After years and years of testimony by a myriad of witnesses, the trial of Oded Golan has come to a quiet halt. Now the matter is in the hands of the judge, who may well deliberate until the end […]

Tony Bennett– Crooner Extraordinaire

posted by Ben Witherington

Anthony Dominick Benedetto is 84 this year, and still going strong. The son of Italian immigrants,  he was raised in New York city, and began his singing career at a very early age.  As a child he grew up listening […]

‘Let’s Face It’– “Social Network”

posted by Ben Witherington

My friends have bugged me for a long time— ‘you need to get on Facebook’.  In response to repeated questions as to why, the usual response was “so you can connect with everyone”, and when I asked why my website […]

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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 ...

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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