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December 2010 Archives

Films and Albums of the Year—- 2010

posted by Ben Witherington

In a year when one could get discouraged about the state of film and music in the English-speaking world, there were a few truly exceptional films and efforts at music making that deserve to be mentioned. Of course, works of […]

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Why Jesus? Lover, Delegator, Body

posted by Ben Witherington

Temples in antiquity were not merely viewed as the meeting place for a god and his devotees.  They were often viewed as the dwelling place on earth of a god as well and so the center of worship.  But when […]

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Why Jesus? Savior and Sovereign

posted by Ben Witherington

“The Master seems to find more joy in careless sowing, miraculous growing, and reckless harvesting than in the taxonomy of [separating] the good from the bad, the worthwhile from the worthless, the saved from the damned.”  (p. 78, with correction).   […]

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Cherish the Day— Today is my Birthday

posted by Ben Witherington

Why Jesus? Miracle Worker, Home Wrecker

posted by Ben Witherington

Why did the authorities want to kill Jesus after he raised Lazarus from the dead?  Its a good question, and it is one raised in the chapter about Jesus as a miracle worker. Willimon’s take is that the authorities couldn’t […]

‘The King’s Speech’– Leaves One Speechless

posted by Ben Witherington

The age of the wireless changed everything.  As King George V said, ‘previously we only had to march around and look good in costume, now we are expected to come into every hearth and home and speak to people.’  With […]

Why Jesus? The Parabler, Party Crasher, and Preacher

posted by Ben Witherington

The way the God of the Bible more often than not gets things done is with words, mere words.  In Gen. 1 God speaks, and creation springs into life.  Jesus speaks “your daughter will live” and it is so.   God […]

Why Jesus? The Vagabond on the Move, the Troublemaking Prince of Peace

posted by Ben Witherington

“The modern world has many ways of turning us in on ourselves, eventually to worship the dear little god within. Christianity, the religion evoked by Jesus, is a decidedly fierce means of wrenching us outward. We are not left alone […]

Why Jesus? A Review in Several Parts

posted by Ben Witherington

Yes, it is true.  Writers have favorite writers.  And one of my favorite writers, preachers, and Christian persons is Bishop Will Willimon.  He has a wonderful new book. It’s short, to the point, pointed, equal parts eloquent and deliberately irritating.  […]

Joyeux Noel!!! God is Good All the Time

posted by Ben Witherington

MOTHER LOAD   From the very beginning The burden was clear Sometimes bearable Sometimes severe Ate from the apple Shared it with him Disobeyed the order Indulged the whim. What was the outcome? The fruit of the act? She ‘knew’ […]

Colbert’s Christmas Show— Jesus was a Liberal Democrat

posted by Ben Witherington

    http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/full-episodes/index.jhtml?episodeId=368924

A Normal Christian Life—- Part Ten

posted by Ben Witherington

The devotional use and reading of the Bible has gone on for as long as there has been a Bible, but when John Wesley refers to ‘searching the Scriptures’ he in fact is not referring to a particular kind of […]

The Aussie Christmas Story

posted by Ben Witherington

A Normal Christian Life—- Part Nine

posted by Ben Witherington

It was, without question, a shock to my system.  My wife and I moved to England for my doctoral work in 1977.   I came as a person on the way to ‘full ordination’ in the United Methodist Church in America.   […]

A Shepherd’s Tale— With Hays and Witherington

posted by Ben Witherington

http://www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5259669&ct=8980131

‘True Grit’ Has It!

posted by Ben Witherington

I grew up in the age of Westerns and Frontier shows.  My Mom would drop me at the Paramount or Center theaters in downtown High Point on a Saturday morning in the 50s and early 60s and I would watch  […]

A Normal Christian Life—- Part Eight

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the more crucial of John Wesley’s early sermons, preached at Oxford at the beginning of the Methodist Revival was entitled ‘the almost and the altogether Christian’. John Wesley was apt to say that you can be as orthodox […]

A Musing

posted by Ben Witherington

  MUSINGS   I’m afraid my muse is too musical And has a propensity for rhyme It prefers lyrical to metrical… Until it runs out of time.   It’s apt to use a wordplay And a pun is within its […]

A Normal Christian Life—- Part Seven

posted by Ben Witherington

I used to have a colleague at Asbury who said that when he was a teenager he came to the altar in repentance so many times, and was born again so many times, he had stretch marks on his soul!   […]

Tron’s Legacy—Perfection is Unknowable

posted by Ben Witherington

Jeff Bridges stars in two movies this Christmas, and they could not be more different. One is the Coen Brothers remake of John Wayne’s film ‘True Grit’, the other is the long awaited sequel to Tron, a truly groundbreaking film.  […]

A Normal Christian Life—- Part Six

posted by Ben Witherington

As if Wesley were speaking directly to our Biblically illiterate culture, and sadly our almost as Biblically illiterate church, he stresses that pure ignorance is a major cause of spiritual degeneration and apostasy.  Here is how he puts it…. Another […]

A Normal Christian Life—- Part Five

posted by Ben Witherington

JOHN WESLEY ON A KEMPIS’ ‘IMITATION OF CHRIST’             Perhaps more than any other devotional book of its time, John Wesley pointed his Methodists to a book he came to call ‘The Pattern of Christ’ by Thomas a Kempis.  A […]

A Normal Christian Life—- Part Four

posted by Ben Witherington

Sometimes spiritual formation literature can get pretty weird and demanding, especially if you are an ordinary Christian just trying to improve your Christian life. Sometimes it sounds like you are being called to be some sort of individualistic spiritual superman […]

A Normal Christian Life—- Part Three

posted by Ben Witherington

John Wesley was getting aggravated with his Moravian friends because of their quietistic tendencies.   They were having some heated discussions in London about the means of grace, and there were some Moravians even arguing that ‘grace happens’ according to God’s […]

Wright and Witherington and Friends do the Elf Dance

posted by Ben Witherington

http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/eCvJM7GiMy7dNGKgjOzV

Come out Fighting—– ‘The Fighter’

posted by Ben Witherington

I’ve been to Lowell Massachusetts, the so-called birthplace of the industrial revolution in America.  It makes the rust belt look like polished steel.  It is hard scrabble, hard drinking, old Irish Catholic territory.  And Mark Wahlberg knows something about this […]

Ed Robb, AFTE, and Christmas Conferences–a Tribute

posted by Ben Witherington

On  Dec. 17th, 2004 a memorial service was held for Edmund Robb Jr. in his beloved Marshall Texas.  I wish I could have been there, and I was so thankful that Steve Harper, the other member of the first class […]

A Normal Christian Life—- Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

(BW3 contemplating Mr. Wesley in blue jeans) We are all busy people.  And unless we are unemployed a normal Christian life looks like this: 1) eight or more hours a day Monday through Friday we are working; 2)  7-8 hours […]

A Normal Christian Life—- Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

For some  time now, I have been frustrated with what has been happening in the area of spiritual formation.  Yes, I’ve read lots of the literature and especially benefited from the works of folk like Henri Nouwen and deeply appreciate […]

Elf! I Need Somebody— BW3 in Elf Minor

posted by Ben Witherington

Kudos to Lisa Myers for this and the previous  picture.  I had been wondering why I wasn’t feeling like my-elf recently. 

Name Those Asbury Elves

posted by Ben Witherington

‘Two Turtle Doves’…. err Three Turtle Doves….err………

posted by Ben Witherington

Pictures from our backyard in 5 degree weather with 4 new inches of snow….

BW3’s Blog Chosen Top 20 of Blogs by Theology Profs

posted by Ben Witherington

    http://www.masteroftheology.org/top-50-blogs-by-theology-professors.html#18

How to Be Pneumatic without being Charismatic

posted by Ben Witherington

N.B. This video does violence to my pacifistic leanings.For a recent article on the latter—http://spectator.org/archives/2010/12/13/religiously-battling-for-pacif

Quiz Question of the Week

posted by Ben Witherington

Who is the likely inventor of such abbreviations as n.b., e.g., i.e., ad lib. etc. and also symbols such as the ampersand?  Hint, note the language of these abbreviations. No fair Googling or computer searching for the answer.  

Still in Love with You— Gino

posted by Ben Witherington

Magical Magi? Scot McKnight’s Take

posted by Ben Witherington

There’s some discussion now about Brent Landau’s Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men’s Journey to Bethlehem, a new and previously inaccessible translation of a (Syriac) Christian fictional, fantastical text about the magi. Patheos is hosting […]

Jesus and Women— an Interview

posted by Ben Witherington

Jesus and Women from CPX on Vimeo.

The Narnia Franchise Sails On– The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

posted by Ben Witherington

One would think that one of the pre-requisites for a critic who reviews movies based on novels, is that they were actually literate in the most basic sense— namely, that they had actually read the novel, and oh yes, knew […]

VIRGIN TERRITORY— WHY THE VIRGINAL CONCEPTION?

posted by Ben Witherington

                Let’s make one thing clear from the start.  It really shouldn’t be called the virgin birth.  Yes a virgin gave birth in this story, but the miracle took place at the point of conception,  not at the point of […]

Jesus and Money

posted by Ben Witherington

Jesus and Money from CPX on Vimeo.

The World’s Largest Jesus, Muslim Handshakes, and Martha Stewart!

posted by Ben Witherington

http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/full-episodes/index.jhtml?episodeId=365275 Here you will learn of Poland’s attempt to out Jesus South America. And could the Statue of Liberty be a Jesus in disguise statue with a really big crown of thorns???

Jesus the Sage and Wisdom

posted by Ben Witherington

Jesus and Wisdom from CPX on Vimeo.

Signs of the Second Coming—-in North Carolina

posted by Ben Witherington

  When it comes to signs of the second coming, you need to know how and where to look.  For example remember the story in the OT about manna from heaven,  God’s Krispy Kreme doughnuts, fresh every morning, but don’t […]

Jesus, History, and the Greek NT

posted by Ben Witherington

Jesus and History from CPX on Vimeo.

Nothing so Permanent as….

posted by Ben Witherington

  Under a leaden sky                 The geese in V formation                 Head for warmer climes                 An annual migration.   Under  a snowy blanket The earth is hard as rock Yet  it can hear the ticking Of every season’s […]

The Bonding— A Christmas Reflection Poem

posted by Ben Witherington

THE BONDING     A cold and listless season, And full of cheerless cheer, When hopes are raised and dashed again And joy dissolves in tears.   The search for endless family The search for one true Friend Leaves questers […]

Constructing Hobbiton—- Once more

posted by Ben Witherington

If you will magnify this image a bit, you will get an aerial shot of the reconstruction of Hobbiton, complete with a bit of a sneak peak on the cast and related matters. This is indeed precisely the same farm […]

The Last Supper Redivivus

posted by Ben Witherington

See the related article about Peter Greenway’s vision.

A Funny Thing Happened at the Charlotte Mall……

posted by Ben Witherington

Recently Heard on Facebook— A Conversation between Lawson Stone and Ben Witherington on the Bible, Christians, and Violence

posted by Ben Witherington

(Disclaimer—- This conversation between my friend and OT colleague Lawson Stone and me was strictly off the cuff chatting, not refined and carefully edited discourse.  Caveat emptor) Stone: Puzzling, as I often do, over alternatives to the usual approaches to […]

Mike Bird’s Old Spice Commerical about the GNT

posted by Ben Witherington

Chronicles of Narnia—Official Trailer

posted by Ben Witherington

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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