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Missionary Blogs - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 04:00
July/August2015  ü  And he said, certainly I will be with thee.  Exodus 3:12ü  …so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Joshua 1:5ü Fear thou not; for I am...

Wisdom for the Fall

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 02:37
A man goes to see the Rabbi. “Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it.” The Rabbi asked, “What’s wrong?” The man replied, “My wife is going to poison me.” The Rabbi, very surprised by this, asks, “How can that be?” The man then pleads, “I’m telling you, I’m [Read More...]

Continuing Education

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 20:18

Planning a "destination" family reunion

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 19:00
Behind the scenes of our most recent getaway.. Getting the cousins organized... Family reunions are sometimes hosted by family members, perhaps over a holiday weekend. Other families might have a...

The Village Nazaret and Prayer

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 16:55
We are heading back into the jungle on Thursday to mainly teach in the far village of Nazaret, but also to teach and encourage brothers in three churches along the way.  Mike Hyatt, Kyle Brown,...

Mind the gap

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 14:00
Thank you for your patience while I was offline for the last 2 weeks. I'm now in Minnesota, USA. I'm in the process of readjusting to life on this side of the ocean. Remembering to drive on the other...

35 yen margin

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 13:39
I was saved by only 35 yen today (about 40 cents). It's something that catches me every time I come back after an extended time in Australia. Japan is a cash society. So all my daily...

Paul and his Recent Interpreters by N.T. Wright— Part Five

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 02:51
Chapter Five, which is entitled ‘The Old is Better?’ which runs from about p. 113 to p. 130 is a chapter responding to critiques of the New Perspective, and in particular to his own take on the New Perspective. This brings the first major section of this book to a close. Tom has written a [Read More...]

For the Ugly Days....

Missionary Blogs - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 20:58
Our days before school begins again are numbered. We're excited about the upcoming school year {minus those few scheduling details that are stumping me...}, but are a little hesitant to want to leave...

Sore throat and moving up another gear

Missionary Blogs - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 14:30
Back to Work A rare team meeting for Japan Harvest in 2013. We primarily work from our homes, and if meetings happen, they are either by Skype or between two of us at a coffee shop. With the boys...

MAF Liberia

Missionary Blogs - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 10:02
MAF's newest program is based in Liberia.  The program was originally supposed to be up and running about a year and a half ago, but got delayed because of the ebola outbreak.  But now...

Visa! Now, Registration!

Missionary Blogs - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 02:39
My trip to Vilnius, Lithuania was a success - resulting in the visa that I went there for. I now have 45 days to register the visa in Ukraine. This then will give me the right to live in Ukraine for...

Paul and his Recent Interpreters by N.T. Wright– Part Four

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 02:18
Chapter Four is entitled Life after Sanders, and here we begin to see the more radical side of the New Perspective on Paul, and why some traditional Reformed scholars have gotten their knickers all in a knot about it. Tom playfully sums up the situation as follows on p. 88: “Nothing will ever be the [Read More...]


Behind The Child - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 17:52
It's 8 years now since a young adult was placed in a bath of water that was too hot. Eight years since we took that long ambulance ride away from the hospital we knew and over to East Grinstead and strangeness. Eight years since introductions and developing relationships changed to awkward defensiveness and police investigations. Eight years since a worn out and finished with body was locked in a freezer for three months until permission was finally given to lay her to rest. 
And I only knew her for seven years before that. My dancing cuddly koala of an eleven year old, who could cling on round my neck as I walked out to meet people. My grumpy teen dragging the duvet back over her head and refusing to get up for school. My little innocent, needing one more recital of the Three Little Pigs, one more Billy Goats Gruff, one more Cheese and Potato Pie and maybe even a Chocolate Bar. 
It seems extraordinary that she can have been gone now for longer than I knew her. Crazy. How can she have been a part of our lives less time than she has been apart from our lives? 
It can't be eight years since the phone all which changed everything, eight years since we stood by a bed listening to the sounds of a sats monitor gently beeping more and more slowly as an overburdened heart wound down. Eight years since the relief about the end of the suffering marked the start of an entirely different kind of pain. 
And so, as an annual reminder, I'll say this again. If you're a carer, and you bath your clients. Take off your gloves before you test the water. Use the thermometer. Follow the law, follow best practice, save lives. 
And if you're one of our carers, caring for one of my children, forgive me if I possibly seem a little irrational on the subject of testing the water. It matters, folks. 
And if you buy a secondhand bath tub, get the manufacturers to fit the thermostat accurately. Maybe it is expensive. Funerals cost more. 
And if you're a friend, don't tell me your thermostat's all wrong; tell the plumber. Fix it. Because trust me, you don't want the images I have in my head even eight years on. 

Ndruna Service for Mobilization

Missionary Blogs - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 15:05
The Ndruna New Testament has been translated and is set to be published next year! In May, our colleague Dr. Bagamba led a service at a local church, using the Ndruna language and Scriptures, to help...

Paul and his Recent Interpreters by N.T. Wright– Part Three

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:03
Where exactly did the phrase and notion of ‘the new perspective on Paul’ come into play? The answer is, after Sander’s landmark work, and it seems to have been first mentioned by Tom Wright himself. Interestingly, Dunn credits Tom Wright for coining the phrase ‘the new perspective on Paul’ in a lecture given at Tyndale [Read More...]

Busy Bees

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 16:05
Another great week of school has come to an end.  This week was Letter B.  We learned a lot about bunnies, butterflies, bears, bees, bats, and birds.   They really loved learning about...

About to Burst

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:30
Cynthia is still in one piece but any day now she is about to burst.  We’ve got a couple of midwives down on the south coast ready to come over to help (although the journey between us and them...

Women in Ministry

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:00
This post is for the young women at the Arkansas Youth Department's Timothy Retreat - for teens who are sensing God's call to ministry. In the links below you will find a few resources to help you...

Paul and his Recent Interpreters by N.T. Wright— Part Two

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 02:55
In the 2nd chapter Tom Wright rehearses the in some ways unfortunate of the Reformation forcing all our reading of Paul into a discussion about justification and salvation. He then critiques even further reductionism like that of Bultmann who reduces theology to anthropology, and Christology to soteriology, so the whole Pauline discussion is about humankind [Read More...]
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