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Author: Ben Witherington

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Halloween is a Christian Holy-Day

What are the origins of Halloween? As with other holidays, Halloween seems to have a mixture of both pagan and Christian origins. Watch this Seven Minute Seminary from Ben Witherington III suggesting ways we can engage with culture at this critical holiday.

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Will Our Heavenly Bodies Be Immaterial?

Contrary to how some read 1 Corinthians 15, the spiritual body is about source of empowerment, not quality of material. Watch this Seven Minute Seminary video from Ben Witherington III as he critiques views on the spiritual body that pass over the resurrection.

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The Gospel of Jesus

In his new book, The Gospel of Jesus, Ben Witherington III gets behind the canonical Gospels and offers us a historical recreation that reveal the single, linear story of Jesus life. His hope is that we might see Jesus more clearly, love him for dearly, and follow him more nearly—even if for the first time.

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Money from a Kingdom Perspective

In some ways money and material possessions are the most touchy of subjects for a minister or lay person to deal with, especially in a materialistic society like North America. Instead of possessing your possessions, they come to possess you. You, then, obsess about how to protect them. A Christian perspective on work affects a Christian perspective on money.

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Work, Rest, and Play from a Kingdom Perspective

Christians have some peculiar ideas about work. They tend to view it as either the curse or the cure of human existence, as either a necessary evil or the very reason for their existence. From a Kingdom and Wesleyan perspective it is neither.

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Kingdom Perspectives

From the early Christian perspectives, the End Times began when Jesus showed up. This led early Christians to view life, not facing the past and working their way into the future, but rather facing the future and believing it was as bright as the promises of God. A Kingdom perspective meant looking at life from the angle of how God would finally resolve human history.

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How Does Prophecy Work?

How does prophecy work? Does it tell us in detail the timing of key future events? In this Seven Minute Seminary episode, Dr. Ben Witherington explains the difference between “forth-telling” and “foretelling,” and suggests that God reveals enough about the future to give us hope, but not enough to not require faith in our every day lives.

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Who is the Beast of Revelation 13?

Who is the Beast of Revelation 13, which is sometimes conflated with the term “antichrist” from John’s epistles? In this Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. Ben Witherington responds with important Bible background, suggesting that there is good reason to think it referred to a Roman emperor.

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Has the Site of Jesus' Baptism Been Discovered?

Has the site of Jesus’ baptism been discovered? In this video, Ben Witherington III shares about a new archaeological site where early Christians would go to get baptized. It is possible that this was a special site for the early church because it is also where Jesus was baptized by John.

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Where Did Rapture Theology Come From?

Where did Rapture theology come from? In this Seven Minute Seminary, Ben Witherington III explains that Rapture theology and its parent, Dispensationalism, are new ideas that were birthed in 19th century. He continues to work through the history of the belief and explains how it became a movement particularly in the United States.

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