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

Apologetic Report - Craig Keener

Free video lecture 14

1-hour free video lecture on Acts 12-13. The material summarizes much material from Craig’s 4-volume Acts commentary (Baker Academic, 2012-2015).

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Monday, 20 March 2017 14:05

Buried in Faith—Genesis 50:1-14

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The story of Jacob’s burial, like the story of him blessing his sons regarding the future, is a story of faith. The story of his faith and Joseph’s faith, initially just following God’s leading in their own lives and at God’s initiative, ends up impacting the world around...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 08:27

Acts 10-11: Cornelius becomes a believer

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1-hour free video lecture about Cornelius and Acts 10-11.

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Jacob has great faith and blesses his sons with confidence in the future that God has for them.

Joseph’s primacy, emphasized already in Gen 48, is further reinforced as Jacob blesses each of his sons in Gen 49. Such blessings were the most important gift that Jacob could pass on to them,...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 06:23

Acts 9: Jesus calls Saul of Tarsus

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free video lecture 12 on Acts

Saul of Tarsus becomes a follower of Jesus. 1-hour free video lecture on Acts 9.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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As noted earlier, Jacob gives Joseph the double portion allotted to the firstborn son. Because the double portion meant that the first son received twice the share allotted to any other son, Jacob promises Joseph one piece of land more than his brothers (48:22).

Jacob declares that he had taken this...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 06:19

Acts 8: Philip’s ministry

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Samaria, the African court official

Acts 8: Philip’s ministry in Samaria and to the African court official (Acts free lecture # 11)

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 11:21

Jacob blesses Joseph’s sons—Genesis 48:15-16

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Jacob passes on a great legacy to Joseph’s sons. He blesses them not only with a physical inheritance, a promise for the future land, but also with a spiritual legacy. His prayer evokes not only his ancestors who walked in God’s ways, but how God has been with him, Jacob, during his...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 06:16

Acts 6:8-8:4: Stephen’s ministry

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1-hour free video lecture on Acts (session 10):

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Having lived to see God’s extraordinary faithfulness in his own life, Jacob looks to the future with confidence in God’s promises that will be fulfilled beyond his own lifetime. Now he is ready to pass on his legacy.

In the previous scene, Jacob made Joseph swear to bury him in Canaan,...

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 14:13

Acts 5-6 (free video lecture 9)

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1 hour free lecture on Acts 5:1-6:7 (developed from Craig’s Acts commentary):

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Monday, 13 February 2017 19:53

Jacob’s faith for the future—Genesis 47:28-31

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The future beyond us

Sometimes God’s promises are for the future, even beyond our own lifetimes. We can trust, however, in his reliability.

Two sets of seventeen years frame Jacob’s relationship with Joseph: the Joseph narrative opens when Joseph had lived with his father for seventeen...

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Thursday, 09 February 2017 14:10

Acts 3-4 (free video lecture 8)

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1-hour survey of Acts 3-4, based on Craig’s 4-volume commentary on Acts (Baker Academic, 2012-2016)

Authors: Craig Keener...

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This passage tells us a lot about Joseph. Joseph worked on behalf of both Pharaoh, his boss, and the people, selling them grain when they needed it and faithfully delivering all the profits to Pharaoh. He also exempted the Egyptian priests, following Pharaoh’s expectations. Joseph offers a...

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 14:07

Acts, session 7: Acts 1 and 2

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1-hour free lecture on Acts 1-2, the introductory section of Acts:

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Monday, 30 January 2017 20:15

Joseph’s further exaltation—Genesis 47:1-20

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Now that Joseph’s family is reunited in Egypt, God blesses all of Joseph’s family through him. Pharaoh’s favor for Joseph’s family (47:1-6) continues the favor that God has given Joseph. Joseph himself bridges the Hebrew and Egyptian cultures, but it is good for these Hebrew...

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Saturday, 28 January 2017 11:15

My Friend the Refugee

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Others are better qualified than I to comment on security matters, and this is an older post, but now seems a valuable time to recount the story of two refugees’ experiences. Neither of these two constituted a security threat: they are the stories of my wife and my son.

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This is the sixth free 1-hour video on the Acts of the Apostles.

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Everybody loves to read lists of names, right? Not usually, but it’s different if those names bear a special meaning to us. This list symbolizes Israel’s heritage, their own ancestors whom God rescued from famine and brought to Egypt in a time when Egypt welcomed them.

Following are some...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:02

Acts session 5–miracles and evangelism

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1-hour free lecture

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Monday, 16 January 2017 23:43

Racial and ethnic reconciliation

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Craig was invited to speak on this at Asbury Seminary Chapel some time ago. This seems a good time (right after Martin Luther King Jr. Day) to post it (29 minutes and 59 seconds) (It’s not my picture on the front but it’s me inside during the sermon).

http://asburyseminary.edu/students/ch...

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Monday, 16 January 2017 21:19

Jacob’s faith renewed—Genesis 46:1-4

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In the face of tragedy, we sometimes forget how much God is with us. Jacob didn’t believe that he had seen the great events reported in the stories of his father and grandfather (cf. 47:9), not knowing that subsequent generations would tell his story along with theirs. When we have come...

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Thursday, 12 January 2017 13:58

Acts session 4–credibility of miracle accounts

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Session 4, addressing unity of Luke-Acts, parallel lives (relevance for Luke-Acts), etc., and miracle claims.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Joseph realizes that his brothers are genuinely sorry for what they did to him, and he is now ready to trust them. Fully forgiving his brothers, he lavishes signs of his love on them, signs that should have assured them of his love and favor (though their regrets make this understanding difficult...

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