The Bible and Culture

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 world, as he’s from Massachusetts, and like the fighter in the movie, has come a…

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 of John Wesley Fellows, was able to be present.  Ed Robb was a United Methodist…

(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 day we are resting or sleeping;  3)  1 hour a day, or more, we…

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 some of the things Richard Foster has been trying to draw our attention to, in…

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

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

N.B. This video does violence to my pacifistic leanings.For a recent article on the latter—

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.  

Ben Witherington

Ben Witherington

Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over thirty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Beliefnet website.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

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