But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Craig Keener - Apologetic Report

Pharaoh requires the slaves to meet their daily quota of brick-making although he is no longer supplying some of the raw materials they need to make the bricks. He deliberately sets them up to fail, so he can pretend that their failure is their own fault. When they fail, their overseers get beaten.

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 07:46

Miracles seminar in Indonesia, 8.4

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20 minutes; Jesus as the ultimate revelation; not adding to Scripture

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 06:21

Whom will we serve?—Exodus 5:10-14

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After Moses demands that Pharaoh release the Israelites from slavery, Pharaoh cracks down with even harsher servitude. Now the Israelite state slaves must gather their own straw to make the bricks. Their taskmasters (the Hebrew texts literally calls them oppressors, or those pressing them to labor)...

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Citing a report from ChurchClarity.org, NEWSWEEK proclaims that (anti-LGBT), “None of America’s 100 largest churches are LGBT-affirming and almost all of them are led by white men,” noting that, according to the site, “93 percent of the churches are led by a white...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 14:15

Approaches, views on Revelation (10 minutes)

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The major views on Revelation; the major views on the Millennium

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 15:50

When Most Prophets are Wrong—1 Kings 22

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When God gives a promise, we are right to believe it with all our hearts. Some biblical promises, though, are about collective judgment or impending hardship. These promises, too, we must take to heart so we may prepare for them (Gen 41:30, 36; 2 Kgs 8:1). This perspective may not appeal to a...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 07:25

Indonesian seminar on miracles, 7.4

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answering some questions regarding miracles, 23 minutes (English with Indonesian translation)

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 09:56

A Tale of Two Kings–Luke 2:1-20

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(Rerun from Sept. 2013)

Part of our Christmas story is a tale of two kings: one powerful in the eyes of the world, and the other identifying with the lowliest of people. It is the latter who is the true King, and this reminds us that we serve a God who is not impressed with power or status, but who...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 07:23

Indonesian seminar on miracles, 7.3

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24 minutes, in English and Bahasa; spiritual warfare, spirits, etc.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Monday, 18 December 2017 05:01

Punished for Hope in God—Exodus 5:4-9

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Pharaoh insults God (Exod 5:2) and orders his slaves to just get back to work (5:4-5). He treats their request for a religious festival as nothing but an excuse to get off work. Even though most people in antiquity allowed for the existence of other people’s gods, Pharaoh assumes that the...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 07:20

Indonesian seminar on miracles, 7.2

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24 minutes, in English and Indonesian

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 18:46

When People Belittle God—Exodus 5:1-5

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Presumably presented by the elders as representatives of Israel or Israel’s God, Moses and Aaron obtain entrance before Pharaoh (cf. 5:15). The Israelites were a significant work force, and their leaders, even if not favored, would be able to bring petitions before Pharaoh on behalf of the...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:06

Symbolic language in Revelation

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Some people say to take everything in Revelation literally. But Revelation stops to explain some of its symbols, and some other images are also clearly symbolic.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:18

Indonesian seminar on miracles, 7.1

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24 minutes, in English and Bahasa

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 13:36

Excitement versus Tested Faith—Exodus 4:30-21

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Moses and Aaron gathered the elders of the people, who would have at least heard of Moses, the Hebrew who had been adopted by an Egyptian but ultimately sided with the Hebrews. The elders presumably then gathered the people (4:29-30).

When the people heard the long-for message of liberation and saw...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 06:56

Indonesian seminar on miracles, 2.4

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21 minutes, in English and Bahasa Indonesian

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Quite in contrast to Moses’s reticence to return to Egypt, the narrative in 4:27 appears to assume (or at least does not qualify) Aaron’s ready obedience to God’s command. Instead of explaining his divine commission and risking shame if it fails, Moses has told Jethro that he will...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 08:38

The Bible Exposes Sexual Harassment

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The media is currently awash with public exposures of sexual harassment, harassment that had been going on behind closed doors for a long time. Its victims knew it all along, but “polite” society tended to avoid the topic publicly.

The Bible reflects a culture very different from our...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 06:54

Indonesian lectures on miracles, 2.3

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21 minutes, with English and Indonesian

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 04:47

The bloody foreskin—Exodus 4:24-26

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In Exod 4:23, God warns that he will kill Pharaoh’s son because Pharaoh has refused to release God’s son, namely his people (4:22). Why then does the text move directly from this threat to kill Pharaoh’s firstborn (4:23) to the Lord seeking to kill Moses (4:24)? And what does the...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 06:52

Indonesian lectures on miracles, 2.2

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21 minutes, including English and Indonesian translation

Authors: Craig Keener...

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The Lord continues to reaffirm his commission to Moses to perform the wonders God had commanded, but also warns that God will harden Pharaoh’s heart (4:21). The Lord also gives Moses a difficult message to give to Pharaoh when he refuses to release Israel. Israel is like a firstborn son,...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 02:58

Cambridge New Testament Commentary on Galatians

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It’s not out yet, but it’s on the way! (not sure exactly when, but hopefully soon!)image

Authors: Craig Keener...

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In Genesis 37:9, Joseph dreamed that the sun, moon, and twelve stars bowed down to him. Joseph was just seventeen years old, and there was no way that he himself could have planned his destiny and imposed it onto a dream. This was God’s plan for him, God’s choice, no less than...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 16:02

Understanding Revelation (4 minutes)

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Revelation was not meant to be hard to understand.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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