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Finding Jesus— Begins Sunday Night at 9 P.M. on CNN

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:02
Is there archaeological evidence that helps us sort out the questions about the historical Jesus? Obviously, I do not yet know how the interviews and story of Jesus has been edited in this series, but we may hope it at least asks the right questions about the interface between faith and facts when it comes [Read More...]

Forward Thinking on ‘Reading Backwards’– The Interview Part 4

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 03:41
8) One of the issues often raised about Matthew is the difference between prediction and fulfillment, the latter being a much larger category of things. So when Matthew says Is. 7.14 is fulfilled in the story of Jesus, would you take him to mean that it was predicted in Isaiah, or that Isaiah simply said [Read More...]

Follow John as he drives to Guadalajara!

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 02:06
So I’ve brought back the real-time tracker. Starting tomorrow morning you should be able to track my progress as I travel at http://thebjorgens.net/map.php . If all the technology cooperates,...

Take it all in #546

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:50
I’ve talked before about this concept, how it’s hard to find the right balance between loving where you are, living with an exaggerated view of the negative aspects of where you are, and...

Hello 43

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:18
It's been a pretty fun week around our house.  I celebrated a birthday which meant I got some special treatment from my guys.  Sometimes it's not so bad being the only female in the house,...

Japanese education system fails kids

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:59
Sometimes people ask us about how the Japanese education system compares to the Australian system. My short answer is that they are very different, the Japanese system majors in repetition, rote...

Community: The beautiful, the ugly, and the yet to be...

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:44
Play Group: August 2014Wow! We are seven months in. We are only seven months in. This is a marathon, not a sprint. It's a four-year term. There have been some sweet moments of community-like this...

Update from Mexico

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 04:26
We're still alive! We're just extremely negligent (to my own fault) at getting updates out there. In addition to conveying our sincerest apologies, I would like to express our honest intention to...

Forward Thinking on ‘Reading Backwards’– The Interview Part 3

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 03:39
6) At one level you are arguing that if we pay attention to the broader OT contexts of the OT texts that are cited, paraphrased, alluded to or echoed, we will better understand what the Gospel writers are saying about Jesus and his ministry. That would seem to presuppose a very sophisticated audience that has [Read More...]

Prayer Points – March 2015

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:05
PRAISE: We are back in Mexico as of mid-January. Mike came a week ahead of Katie and me, found a house, and began moving some furniture and appliances in. Since then, we’ve continued settling...

Conference Time

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:37
Tomorrow I go to an Open Bible conference and will meet up with other pastors and friends. There will be some new (to us) pastors from the east of Ukraine who have had to leave their homes because of...

BAM changes hearts, even mine

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:16
From my perspective, the business as mission movement (BAM) seems to grow both in popularity and controversy. A recent BAM workshop elicited responses that ranged from – and yes I’m paraphrasing here...

Anti-Balaka

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:00
The civil strife in the CAR (Central African Republic) has faded from the news, but it is not over. The international media describes the conflict as religious in nature, saying it pits the...

The struggle for identity

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:52
I've written before about how I struggle on how to introduce myself. Or, how do I fill out the form, say, at the doctor/physio: "Occupation?" Usually at churches we're introduced as "The Marshalls...

The Reading Cafe’ {March Selection!}

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:52
Friends, it is that time already! Time to reveal The Reading Cafe’ book choice for the month of March! {No idea what The Reading Cafe’ is? Click here to read all about it.} Here it is:...

Chauffer to Checker

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:00
Only two vehicles on the island--and one was this ambulance! photo by Rebekah Drew“You should read it,” a man nudged August.  “Yes,” others joined in, ‘Go on! Try it!” The group of Tiaang...

Forward Thinking on ‘Reading Backwards’– The Interview, Part 2

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 03:35
3) What exactly do you mean by figural (or even metaphorical) reading of the OT? How would this differ from say an allegorical reading of the OT or a typological reading of the OT (ala Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews)? ***See pp. 1-4, 104-05 for definition and discussion of figural reading. Erich Auerbach’s classic treatment [Read More...]

How we almost didn't see Helsinki

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 19:44
Background: D. has a visa that lets him stay in Russia for 6 months at a time, and then he has to leave and come back again. So we usually have to do a border crossing trip in the winter and then in...

Man Shoveling Snow in Lexington while Break Dancing

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 19:34
In case you are wondering what’s been going on besides cabin fever for the last three weeks in snowbound Lexington, here is something to give you a clue.

Food Handling Course

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:18
Yesterday I had the privilege, along with some friends, to take a brief food handling course. Although this was not a certification program - it did offer some great insight into some of the safety...
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