Tuesday, May 15, 2007

God of the Gaps-- or Parking Spaces?

After starting a new diet I altered my drive to work to avoid passing my favorite bakery. I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning, and as I approached, there in the window were a host of goodies.
I felt this was no accident, so I prayed ... "Lord, it's up to you, if you want me to have any of those delicious goodies, create a parking place for me directly in front of the bakery." And sure enough, on the eighth time around the block , there it was!

God is so Good!"


The Vegas Art Guy said...

I needed that laugh. The left's reaction to Falwell's death has got my blood boiling.

Andrew McNeill said...

lol! That's a wonderful assurance that God always guides us!

TheChristianAlert.org said...

Prof. Witherington,

Could you do a blog on your favorite predestination books?

Ben Witherington said...

Hi Mr. Sanchez-- I don't have any favorite predestination books to be honest. I do like the book Why I am Not a Calvinist. I address this issue to some degree in my The Problem with Evangelical Theology. On the issue of perseverance I would recommend Howard Marshall's old classic Kept by the Power of God. I think there is still a book in print called something like Four Views of Predestination.



Sarah said...

Hello Dr. Witherington,
I am doing a series of posts on the doctrine of inerrancy this summer, and I wanted to add you to my reading list! Yet, it would seem that you don't really address the issue in any of the books of yours that I currently own. I was thus wondering whether there are any books that I don't know about where you talk about the issue, even in brief. Or, perhaps you have discussed it on this blog at some point. Whatever the case, I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask :)

Ben Witherington said...

Hi Sarah:

Hope Boston is treating you well. Glad to hear you like Mr. Wesley. As for the inerrancy issue, I do actually address this issue in my forthcoming book (out next spring from Baylor) entitled the Living Word of God. My personal choice would be to use positive language about the truthful and trustworthy nature of the Scriptures in regard to subjects the author intends to address-- mostly history, theology, and ethics. You will be interested to know that Mr. Wesley was definitely an inerrantist.

Blessings, and go Sox,

Ben W.

May said...

we all have our own idiosyncratic gesture, espechally God. Nice Blog by the way.

Sarah said...

Thanks for your thoughts, Dr. Witherington, and for the heads up on your book! I definitely look forward to reading it. Thus far, Paul's Narrative Thought World is my favorite work of yours (and among my favorite books in general). Go Wesley - and Boston too! ;)