Wednesday, February 07, 2007

A bit of humor from Ben Witherington III

Ben Witherington III, a professor of New Testament studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, has a wonderful blog ( that I can highly recommend. His posts are frequest and always intelligent. A recent post, copied below, is worth reading. The title is, "We Are the Light of the World, but Who Changed the Bulb?"

How many Presbyterians does it take to change a
light bulb? None. God has pre-ordained when the lights will be on and when they will be off.

How many Catholics does it take to change a
light bulb? None. They always use candles.

How many Episcopalians does it take to change a light bulb? Ten. One to actually change the bulb, and nine to say how much better they liked the old one.

How many Methodists does it take to change a light bulb?
"We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against the need for a light bulb. However, if in your own journey, you have found that a light bulb works for you, that is fine. You are invited to write a poem or compose a modern dance about your personal relationship to your light bulb and present it next month at our annual light bulb Sunday service, in which we will explore a number of light bulb traditions, including incandescent, fluorescent, three-way, long-life and tinted, all of which
are equally valid paths to luminescence through Jesus Christ."

How many Baptists does it take to change a light bulb? What? CHANGE ????????????

Dr. Witherington has an interesting post on his site just below this one about the martyrdom of the Zebedee brothers. This post is more serious and more typical of the high quality of work he posts. I try to check his blog often: In addition to New Testament issues, he also posts movie and novel reviews and commentary on the daily news.

Best wishes,
Mason Smith


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