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Why the Old Testament – Oppression

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:00
Two weeks ago, I introduced a series of blogs on the rationale for translating the Old Testament into the languages of Africa. As I stated in the introduction, there are a number of good reasons to...

New Venue

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:18
On Sunday I visited our new church location for the first time. The funny thing is that there are only so many Protestant church buildings in the city, and along with the Orthodox ones, they were...

No second class missionaries

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
We are, in three days, returning to Japan and ministries that are classed as "support ministries". We aren't "front-line" missionaries. It is a division that doesn't actually...

Roger Olson’s ‘Arminian Theology’– Part Twelve

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:43
BEN: I was reflecting on what you say on pp. 155-56 about ‘simul justus et peccator’ and it occurred to me what a difference there is between Luther and Wesley on this matter. Luther, famously believed that the Christian continued to be in bondage to sin even after conversion, and made it part of the [Read More...]

Rebooting the Blog

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 23:52
Where have I been you ask? Actually, no one asked, but just in case someone wondered, I'm still here. Several months ago I took a little break from blogging and fully intended it to be...

Father's Day 2015

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:30
A few years ago we started a tradition of spending Father's Day at a hotel/ water park that is less than an hour from where we live.  Hotel Longarone holds a lot of memories for many of the...

Roger Olson’s ‘Arminian Theology’– Part Eleven

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 02:42
BEN: On p. 123 you say that sin does not thwart the will of God. I think this is a mistake. Surely any time evil or sin happens it goes against the will of God of a good God. I tend to find the phrase ‘permissive will’ something of an oxymoron—willing something is not merely [Read More...]

The past month of ministry has been exciting! …

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 02:38
The past month of ministry has been exciting!  However, I don’t have many pictures to share this time.  We take all of our ministry pictures and videos with my cell phone and had several short video...

Heading home and latest news/prayer letter!

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 20:10
Hello everyone! We are in the last days of packing up to head home to Hermosillo.  We plan to leave Monday, June 29.  We are excited to get back to life and ministry in Mexico, but the fact that we...

Dealing with transition, from the trenches

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 08:11
All the double adaptors are packed, so the computer is plugged in across the doorway. I'm writing this from an almost empty house. I still have internet and electricity. I even have a microwave to...

Roger Olson’s– ‘Arminian Theology’– Part Ten

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:39
BEN: How would you distinguish the Calvinist notion of God’s providence from the Arminian one? It is interesting to me that if one reads Wesley’s Journal, one finds the phrase ‘a singular providence of God’ cropping up again and again in regard to both incidental things and significant things. So for instance Wesley sees the [Read More...]

For the Days When You Feel Like Pouting...

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 20:19
It was about as perfect a day as I've ever seen in Ghana. The sky was a soft, medium blue with perfectly puffy white clouds. It wasn't too hot, and there was a light breeze blowing {both of those...

Let's Get It Started

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 18:53
We started our Father's Day weekend off with a visit to the local passport office in Chiquimula to start the process of renewing Cruz's Guatemalan passport.  It is not necessary for him to have...


Missionary Blogs - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 18:37
Summer plan reveal: In honor of my dad's 70th birthday this year, we thought it might be meaningful to gather in Scotland, the home of his grandparents. There's a Wales/England contingent too, but we...

Getting Ready for Summer 2015

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 16:13
We are looking forward to our first camping vacation in a long time. Ten years ago we camped at Algonquin Park before we made our first trip to Peru. It has always been something we planned to do...

Roger Olson’s ‘Arminian Theology’– Part Nine

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 02:37
BEN: The issue of how to interpret the phrase ‘only begotten of the Father’ has bedeviled Christological debates forever it seems. Is this Scriptural notion the basis of Arminius and various his successors arguing that the Son is fully God, but he has his divine essence from God the Father who is the only one [Read More...]

A Fulll Month...

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 01:59
A lot has been going on this past month. It has been a good distraction as we wait on our new car. We have officially ordered it and it will be shipped July 15th, arriving in Maputo, Mozambique on...

A.D. The Bible Continues— Season Finale

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 00:48
The final episode of the first season of A.D. (which has been renewed for a second season), brings us to the climax of the story about the statue of Caligula and the attempt to install it in the Temple. Of course in reality it never got anywhere near the Temple, but it makes for good [Read More...]

Father's Day Past

Missionary Blogs - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 17:36
One of the things I have enjoyed most since having children is getting to watch David be a dad to our two boys.  Today we are celebrating him and thanking him for all he does for our...

Roger Olson’s ‘Arminian Theology’– Part Eight

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 02:35
BEN: On p. 89 you talk about the idea of nominalistic voluntarism, which is to say the idea that God is free to do anything he chooses to do, without being constrained or limited by the divine character. This idea is denied by Arminius, but seems to be affirmed by various Calvinists, especially those who [Read More...]
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