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

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 14:23

A multicultural church—Acts 13:1-3

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The church in Antioch spearheaded the mission to the rest of the world beyond Judea. Nearly all Christians today, and certainly all Gentile Christians, have spiritual roots in this church in Syria. Apart from this mission, the church could have been stillborn in the first century, had the Holy...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:02

Acts podcast

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A podcast hosted by Skeptics and Seekers, so Craig in dialogue with the hosts (one a believer, one a skeptic), regarding Acts.

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Continued from part 1: http://www.craigkeener.com/?p=4311

To be credible, Hume believed, eyewitnesses must be educated, socially respectable Western white persons such as Hume and his circle; he avers that only such people have something to lose by lying. Today, of course, I can cite numerous...

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Tuesday, 07 May 2019 13:36

False prophets

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Lamenting that some people are taken in by false prophets, teachers, etc. Christ’s REAL servants sacrificially serve others and seek Christ’s honor. Those who seek the honor for themselves are liable to become false prophets, teachers, etc. The video is 8 minutes and 41 seconds.

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Most people today who start from the premise that miracles don’t or won’t happen knowingly or unknowingly depend on the influence of Scottish philosopher David Hume (1711-1776).

Hume did not originate the key ideas in his essay on miracles; most are recycled from arguments of some...

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 13:32

New Galatians commentary

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My shorter Galatians commentary with Cambridge came out last year. The first copy of the heavier academic version with Baker Academic has now reached me.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:30

1 John (6 min, 40 seconds)

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Sunday, 28 April 2019 15:20

Spiritual Gifts in 1 Cor 12—14 (part 2)

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Continued from part 1 (http://www.craigkeener.com/?p=4282)

The perfect forever versus the limited present

Again putting the gifts in context, in 1 Cor 13:8-13, Paul emphasizes that the gifts are only for the present time, whereas love is eternal. The gifts are partial, so we will not need them when...

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 09:15

Galatians (podcast interview)

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George Wood interviewed me yesterday on Paul’s letter to the Galatians (48 minutes), in connection with my new commentary on Galatians for Baker Academic (more detailed than my shorter one with Cambridge):

https://influencemagazine.com/en/Theory/How-to-Read-Galatians-for-Preaching-and-Teaching?...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 02:41

Spirits in prison–1 Peter 3.18-22

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Who were the spirits who sinned in the days of Noah? Who are these “spirits in prison”? For some comments and a view held by many scholars today, see this 9 minute, 35 second video:

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 12:10

Identifying False Apostles

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I’m a committed continuationist, but we continuationists must be serious about the continuing gift of discerning spirits–not everything is what it claims to be. My friend Michael Brown helped me get this article onto Christian Post, Charisma News, and the Stream. I have given one of the...

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 14:16

Spiritual Gifts in 1 Cor 12—14 (part 1)

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Some kinds of church bodies accept only particular kinds of gifts, hence amputate certain kinds of members. Some other kinds of churches pile together the amputated members and celebrate that they are an ideal body. Yet ideally, a body that is whole welcomes all its members.

Some value teaching but...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 15:27

James (video, 21 minutes)

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A survey of some key themes in James and its ancient setting:

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(continued from part 1, p=4275http://www.craigkeener.com/?p=4275)

The mature body, like her head

The ultimate goal of such equipping is unity in believing and knowing Jesus (4:13a). Thus we will function as Christ’s full body (4:13b). When we act together as Christ’s body, the world can...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 12:54

Importance of Bible background (video)

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Although Craig recorded this for his upcoming lectures on Bible background in Brazil, it introduces the subject in ways that can be useful elsewhere too. Since he has not been posting many videos lately, and since this one is just eight minutes long, he is posting this one: Introducing the...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 16:27

Some key themes in Galatians

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The New Perspective(s) and older perspectives come to different conclusions on various points, such as “faith in Christ” vs. “faith of Christ,” the meaning of “works of the law,” and so forth. I connection with my new Galatians commentary, Influence magazine...

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We hear about lots of (happily not most) ministers falling. This is not surprising, because ministers are human, and the Bible tells us that humans know how to sin. But sometimes we are particularly surprised because someone seems particularly gifted or “anointed” by God; God is using...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 14:46

Why Both Gifts and Fruit Matter

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The fruit of the Spirit is produced by the Spirit working in us; it expresses God’s character, his heart, especially in relationships. As this fruit grows, we are increasingly conformed to Christ’s image. God’s seed in us (cf. 1 Pet 1:23; 1 John 3:9) grows the fruit of his...

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Here is my review of Gordon Fee’s book. I hardly ever review books–don’t have time–but this is a very special exception. Gordon was a mentor from afar, a role model for me. http://pneumareview.com/gordon-fee-jesus-the-lord-according-to-paul-the-apostle-reviewed-by-craig-s-kee...

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If Pentecostals and charismatics have taught the church much about the Spirit empowering our speaking (treated in part A), Anabaptists (and early monastic orders) have taught us much about sharing.

If the immediate expression of the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost was prophetic empowerment,...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:04

Suffering of Christians in Nigeria

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Christianity Today recently provided essential information for the situation of Nigerian Christians. https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/november/nigeria-fulani-boko-haram-no-cheeks-left-to-turn.html

That link lets you read only the beginning of the article unless you are logged in as a...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 13:18

Discussing the New Perspective

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This video link is a discussion among three of us professors at Asbury regarding the New Perspective(s): Joe Dongell, Ben Witherington, and myself, with Prof. Ruth Anne Reese moderating. I am just about nine minutes at the end before I get cut off (maybe because I am too old-fashioned on pistis&nbsp...

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Huldah’s prophecy for Josiah included some bad news, not unlike bad news many other times in history.

When northern barbarians sacked Rome in A.D. 410, pagans insisted that the gods had judged Rome for turning to Christianity. The north African bishop Augustine had direct contact with many...

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It is said that Smith Wigglesworth, an early Pentecostal leader, grew disillusioned with the Pentecostal revival toward the end. He affirmed that God had poured out the Spirit, but lamented that the movement was not more grounded in the Bible. (Wigglesworth read only the Bible, so I need to make a...

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