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
Sunday, 13 August 2017 10:00

Is God or an angel speaking in Exodus 3:2-6?

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The angel of the LORD appears to Jacob in a dream (Gen 31:11), calls to Abraham from heaven (22:11, 15), and appears directly to Hagar (16:7-11; though calling to her from heaven in 21:17). Here he appears to Moses in a flaming bush (Exod 3:2), yet Moses apparently sees only the bush burning, not...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 08:25

Indonesian lecture on Miracles, 5.1

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24 minutes, including Indonesian translation, with the lecture starting at about 8 minutes (from 2015)

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 15:47

Revelation is a practical book (5.42 minutes)

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Revelation is a practical book. Some people get scared and confused by the images in Revelation, but it’s really a very practical book for our lives as Christians, with a message for how we can live. See:

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 07:46

Teaching about Miracles in Indonesia 4.1

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24 minutes, from 2015, with Indonesian translation alongside the English

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 09:59

Meeting the holy God—Exodus 3:1-5

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God sometimes meets us in the ordinary events of our lives, but calls us into his extraordinary plan for our lives. God met Moses in something as mundane as a bush, but quickly revealed to him that God himself is not mundane. God is holy, and wholly other.

In Exodus 3, God draws Moses’s...

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This is a video of a lecture I gave at Jakarta Theological Seminary in Indonesia some months ago, plus questions from students afterward. The full video is 3 hours, but you can skip ahead to parts you want. The second section is on the plausibility of miracle accounts in the Gospels.

Authors: Craig...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 08:52

God has not forgotten them—Exodus 2:23-25

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When our lives become more comfortable, it’s easy to forget the hardship faced by others, whether through persecution, hunger, injustice or other needs. But God does not forget.

Moses’s life became peaceful in Midian (2:16-22), despite the scars his heart undoubtedly carried from the...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:47

What is the gospel of the kingdom?

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The good news of God’s reign: we have a foretaste already of the not yet, although the fullness remains future at Jesus’s return:

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 08:46

Settling in a new land—Exodus 2:16-22

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When I travel to speak in various parts of the world, my hosts show me great hospitality. I miss my wife and kids, but otherwise life is pretty comfortable, apart from long flights. But that’s not always the case with people who relocate to new lands to live. My wife and children came to the...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 14:34

We have a foretaste of heaven inside us

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Paul uses the Greek term arrhabôn, a term used in business documents for a downpayment, to describe the gift of the Spirit as a foretaste of our future inheritance (2 Cor 1:22; 5:5; Eph 1:13-14). The Spirit is also the aparchê, the first fruits of our future experience with...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 07:59

Moses as a refugee—Exodus 2:15-17

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Moses may have thought that killing an Egyptian oppressor was an act of justice, but the Egyptian overlords have different ideas. Once word about his action leaks, the attempted hero must flee for his life, soon becoming a fugitive in Midian from political repression.

Moses has reason to fear...

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Scripture speaks of what we call “inward leadings” in various places, in various ways. The expression “led by the Spirit” in context refers especially to God guiding us in living in his way, but the idea of how the Spirit guides us can apply also to divine comfort,...

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In Exod 2:11-12, Moses killed an Egyptian who was striking one of Moses’s own people. He meant to act for justice. Unfortunately, however, injustice was not limited to the Egyptians. In TheGulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn confessed his dismay at his discovery that it was not only his...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 14:38

Ethnic reconciliation in Ephesians 2:11-22

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This is a message I preached at an evangelical Presbyterian church in Indiana. This link worked when I tried it and hopefully still works when you try it!

http://www.covenantepc.org/resources/sermons/racial-reconciliation-1045am-service/

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 07:33

Standing for Justice—Exodus 2:11-14

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Nobody’s perfect, but sometimes one side really is right and another is wrong. The civil rights reformers were not perfect (see the marvelous movie Selma: https://www.amazon.com/Selma-David-Oyelowo/dp/B00NMF8SEK), but they were right that racial oppression was wrong. In that setting, whites...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 07:03

Moses as a third-culture kid—Exodus 2:7-10

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Did Moses know that he was a Hebrew? Contrary to some of the movies we see (including my beloved Prince of Egypt!), he presumably did. In many periods in Egypt’s history, Asians could serve in the Egyptian court. Disloyalty to Egypt, however, would be harshly punished. A Hebrew less than...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:25

The Spirit as a distinct person

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72-second video:

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:05

Miracles lecture at Purdue (video)

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Symposium Christi

Go to: https://livestream.com/FocusingonExcellence/Symposium-2017 and click “Watch Again.”  The event content starts at time 33:10 on the timeline.

OR:

On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-O4koeiNGc  The event content starts at time 33:25...

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Sometimes in the midst of history, injustice seems to prevail. In light of a longer view, and especially an eternal view, however, justice will win out. This becomes evident over the span of a generation in the ensuing context of our present passage.

Before Pharaoh decided to oppress Israelites,...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:54

God loves atheists (2-minute video)

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For those who prefer text, it appears below the video:

God loves atheists, and so do I. Jesus calls his followers to love our neighbors as ourselves. While some atheists are spiteful in denouncing the Lord we love, and all of us his followers, as simple-minded, Jesus also told us to love our enemies...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 19:37

Is lying ever right?—Exodus 1:19-21

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In the 2013 film, Return to the Hiding Place (https://www.christianbook.com/return-to-the-hiding-place/pd/241338?event=ESRCG), Eusi, a Jewish cantor staying with the Ten Booms, argues that saving a life is far more important than telling the truth. An ethical debate ensues; one of Corrie’s...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:50

Seek the common good (89-second video)

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The video appears here; the text follows if you prefer to read it

https://youtu.be/X7o_IJe-GHM

Sometimes religious people, like some other people, have wanted to be in charge of society. Of course, in a democracy we’re all responsible for public welfare and should work for our society’s...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 14:50

The Miracle Writer

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Terrell Clemmons wrote this article for Salvo magazine about Craig’s conversion experience and research on miracles:http://www.salvomag.com/new/articles/salvo41/the-miracle-writer.php

The title is:

The Miracle Writer

Craig Keener: A Scholar Who Pursued the Truth of Impossible...

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Some regard the story as unreliable, but I argued in an article in 2008 that we have good reason to believe that the account is in fact reliable. I also worked some with cultural background about this passage.

The article is available for download or reading here (Andrews University Press):

http://dig...

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