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, 17 September 2017 10:14

Striking the striker—Exodus 3:20

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God enacts justice, though mercifully tempered by his restraint. God had not punished the oppressors’ injustice immediately, but now his impatience was coming to an end. Harsh taskmasters struck God’s people (Exod 2:11; 5:14, 16); Moses had struck an oppressor in retaliation (2:12), but...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 10:58

Nabeel Qureshi’s Passing and Hope

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I have been praying hard for my friend Nabeel Qureshi ever since I learned of his stage 4 stomach cancer. Nabeel was so humble and a persistent and honest seeker after truth. Nabeel was also in the prime of life and health, and unlike some of us who are older, I thought, he should have decades of...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 13:20

Discussion about holiness, sanctification

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Paul Moldovan asked me some questions about the meaning of sanctification for his blog, and this prompted me to think about the subject.

My answer about the meaning of “sanctification” starts like this:

I might prefer the translation “consecrate,” since there is less...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 10:12

God’s scary promises—Exodus 3:18-19

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The Lord was now “visiting” or paying attention to his people (3:16; 4:31), as Joseph had foreseen (13:19; Gen 50:24-25). Scripture also had already used this dramatic language earlier for God enabling Sarah to conceive (21:1). God does not act in equally dramatic ways at all times and...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 15:51

Prophecy teaching failures (7 minutes)

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False predictions through history: Through history, prophecy teachers have kept predicting events and dates that (usually) proved wrong.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 10:09

Resisting God’s calling—Exodus 4:1-17

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When God calls Moses to confront Pharaoh, God not only promises to be with Moses; he also gives Moses a sign to confirm that God is with him. Unfortunately, this first-offered sign will be obvious only once what God has just commanded is fulfilled! The sign is that, after Moses brings the people...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 10:04

Faith and God’s calling—Exodus 3:7-14

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God’s promises are good, but sometimes these promises are difficult because they demand that we obey God in faith. Faith can be like a sense that recognizes God’s faithfulness; yet, like a muscle, faith typically also requires some exercise to grow stronger.

The Lord promises that he...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:02

The God who sees—Exodus 3:7

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In Genesis 16:13, Hagar called the Lord, “the God who sees.” The same God continued to see, watching over his people.

Verbs of seeing and hearing are common in the Bible, but the emphatic exchange of sight in Exodus 2:24—3:7 might be significant:

  • God hears and sees his...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 08:31

Indonesian lecture on miracles session 5.3

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With both English and Indonesian

Authors: Craig Keener...

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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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