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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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

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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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Saturday, 30 July 2016 22:14

Feel alienated from church?

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Some people don’t attend church because they were hurt by the church. That’s understandable, especially if you had people there harassing or abusing you and even doing it, tragically, in the Lord’s name. Hey, Jesus had problems with religious folk in his day, too. In a way, you might feel more access to God not being around those

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 23:01

Jesus’s disciples were teenagers

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Did you know that many of Jesus’s disciples were probably teenagers? We don’t have to wait till our twenties to learn and work for God. (This video is 52 seconds.)

Authors: Craig Keener

Jacob faces terrible loss

Jacob obeyed God and returned to the promised land, despite the threat of violence at the hands of both Laban (pursuing him from behind) and Esau (confronting him in the land). You might think that when you obey God, even in the face of difficulty, that immediately things will get better. But that’s not what happened

Saturday, 23 July 2016 22:17

Does doubting salvation make you unsaved?

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When I was new in my faith in Jesus, someone worried that I wasn’t really converted because I was doubting my salvation. Can a person struggling with self-doubt have faith for salvation? Yes: The Bible doesn’t say that we are saved by confidence in ourselves, but by confidence in Jesus. Also, the Bible doesn’t say we have to

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 22:57

The wise and foolish virgins–Matthew 25:1-13

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No matter how old or young we are, we always need to be watching and ready for the Lord. (2 minutes, 12 seconds)

Authors: Craig Keener

What’s the moral of THAT story?

Immediately after mentioning Reuben’s immoral act (35:22), the narrator reminds us that Reuben was Jacob’s firstborn through Leah (35:23). This helps explain how Joseph, Rachel’s firstborn who does act more virtuously, later supplants him (49:4). Reuben was undoubtedly quite young at this

This Seedbed video shares some adventures and insights from Médine’s experience in war (narrated also in our book Impossible Love):

Authors: Craig Keener

Friday, 15 July 2016 22:12

Conspiracy theory (37 seconds)

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After violent attacks by Islamic extremists, stupid people want to blame all Muslims—alienating more Muslims and polarizing things further; and some people who are even more stupid want to blame all religious people, thereby further marginalizing all peace-loving believers as if Islamist radicals and secular radicals are the only voices

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 22:52

Young teenagers who prophesy–Acts 21:9

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37 seconds

Nobody’s too young to serve God or be full of God’s power!

Authors: Craig Keener