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

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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Thursday, 14 February 2019 13:09

Continuationism discussion (1 hour video)

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Josh and Jeff interviewed me on The Remnant Radio:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InKAO3x5N5o

(I usually don’t have time to watch videos, but I can listen to them when I exercise or something!)

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Walking into certain Christian bookstores (or scanning certain YouTube videos) can sometimes be a traumatizing experience for a Bible scholar. It might be something like a nutritionist or cardiologist stepping into a greasy burger joint reeking with the odor of fries, or a respiratory therapist...

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When Peter calls on slaves to submit even to harsh treatment (2:18), even beatings (2:20), is he endorsing slavery? Is he at least suggesting that we should embrace harsh treatment even when we can avoid it?

When we look at Peter’s sections addressed to slaves (2:18-25) and wives (3:1-6), we...

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(picking up after last week’s post)

What did revival look like in 1 Samuel? First, it affected even the wider culture, even those who would not have been seeking God on their own.

Second, there can be times when the corporate presence of God is so strong that it affects even those...

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Many of us pray for revival, but what are we expecting? How would we recognize that God is answering our prayer?

Since our usual definitions of revival are largely shaped by movements of the past few centuries, rather than from a particular passage in Scripture, it’s possible that we are...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 12:21

Life is for God’s purpose

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1)

All things were created through Him and for Him (Col 1:16)

In him was life, and the life was the light for humanity (John 1:4)

You [God] created all things, and on account of your will they were and were created...

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https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2018/present-day-miracles Grateful that Scott made it an audio interview. If it were a video interview, I’d have had to have tied my tie! image

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 12:16

Blessed professions—Ephesians 4:11-13

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Some of us are sometimes tempted to think that God uses only ministers in the more technical sense. But God appointed ministries of the Word to equip all the saints for their respective ministries, to be lights in the respective places where they serve and live and study (Eph 4:11-13). “The...

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Zondervan also interviewed Craig on the mark of the beast:

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 08:01

Elijah in Mark 1:2

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In Mark 1:2-3, Mark speaks of the messenger who prepares the way for YHWH. Mark links together two verses from the prophets addressing one who would prepare the way for YHWH’s coming. One is Malachi 3:1; the other isIsaiah 40:3. Mark may have learned the verses separately (cf. Matt...

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Mark titles either his Gospel or its opening words with,“the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.” So even a previously uninformed reader knows Jesus’s identity from the start, even as it unfolds only gradually in the narrative. It’s no surprise when...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 06:27

Craig and Médine’s love story (video)

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Craig and Médine’s story is told in the book, Impossible Love. They shared part of their story in Asbury Seminary’s chapel service two weeks ago. Both audio and video versions are available here:

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 11:40

Immigrants and welfare in Jerusalem—Acts 6:1-6

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A conflict arose between the Hellenist and Hebrew Jewish followers of Jesus in Jerusalem in Acts 6:1. Most of the Hellenists spoke only Greek, having originated in the Diaspora. They included “Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and others of those from Cilicia and Asia” (6:9). These immigrant...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 11:16

Genocides

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When brothers and sisters in Christ complain about how their people have been treated, we should listen.

“Weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15)

“If one member of Christ’s body suffers, then every other part suffers with it” (1 Cor 12:26)

 

In the past, U.S. crimes...

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Paul repeatedly emphasizes our new identity in Christ (e.g., Romans 6:1-10; 2 Cor 5:17). We don’t always feel that identity, but we need to reckon it so (Rom 6:11), renewing our minds (Rom 12:2). Thoughts and behaviors shape our brains with habits and ingrained responses; because of...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 09:10

Struck Dead—Acts 5:1-11

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Ananias and Sapphira wanted to look sold out to God like so many others in the heat of revival. Others, moved by God’s Spirit, were selling property to meet the needs of the poor (Acts 4:31-35), including a disciple named Barnabas (4:36-37). But instead of being sincere in their devotion,...

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