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
Monday, 19 March 2018 09:00

The Point of Speaking in Tongues in Acts 2

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Pentecost (Acts 2:1) was a significant festival in the Jewish calendar, offering the first fruits of grain to the Lord (Lev. 23:16). Its significance in this narrative, however, may be especially that it was one of the major pilgrimage festivals, when Jewish people who lived all over the world came...

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Video interview, with a table of contents for the topics

https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/craig-keener-on-reading-writing-and-biblical-scholarship/

  • [0:00]    Devotional reading habits
  • [0:34]    How he reads in preparation for his next book
  • [0:57]    How he...

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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

Fulfilling God’s promise

Sometimes in roundabout ways that I could not have imagined, God has brought my life around to fulfill a specific calling he gave me years ago. We know in part, but beyond our own ability to make anything happen, God often frames periods or events in our lives with a divine inclusio. Often when God is in the process

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 22:42

Athletic devotion to the Lord (107 seconds)

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The beloved disciple and Peter both display their devotion to God with signs of athletic prowess. Youth often offers us special strength and this can be used for the Lord.

Authors: Craig Keener

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 16:10

God’s purposes, our grief—Genesis 35

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God's call and our commitment do not exempt us from hardships

Having recently escaped Esau’s wrath after wrestling with the angel of the LORD, Jacob encounters afresh the God who met him at Bethel (“House of God”) when he first fled from Esau. God tells him to return to Bethel (Gen 35:1). In preparing to return to where he first

Thursday, 30 June 2016 18:04

Who wrote Hebrews?

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Origen was likely right that only God knows. Nevertheless, here are a few thoughts in this one-minute and 45-second video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcBVK9wsMQA

Authors: Craig Keener

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 22:35

Peer pressure (57-second video)

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Do you ever face peer pressure? The Bible has a lot to say about it. Here is just a little:

Authors: Craig Keener

Was it right for Jacob’s sons Simeon and Levi to massacre the Shechemites because the prince of Shechem had raped their sister? Or was their act of vengeance massive overkill? When, in my early days as a professor I taught both Old and New Testament, I asked my students what they thought. Their answers were divided, and for understandable

Friday, 24 June 2016 13:59

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

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I edited the New Testament notes (and wrote most of the notes) and John Walton edited the Old Testament notes. Here is an interview with us just posted on Bible Gateway:

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: An Interview with John Walton and Craig Keener

Authors: Craig Keener

Part 2: God’s protection

Jacob’s departure from (Gen 28:12) and return to (32:1) the promised land is framed by angelic revelations. The angelic camps (32:2) will prove particularly important because, having just escaped Laban, Jacob must now face Esau—who is coming with 400 men (32:7). Before Jacob can face Esau, he needs

Monday, 20 June 2016 14:55

Amputated gifts?

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49-second video

Some churches don’t want some of the gifts–isn’t that like the body of Christ amputating some members? Some churches don’t want other gifts and just collect members amputated from other churches. Don’t we all need one another to be one body?

Authors: Craig Keener

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 21:38

Live for eternity

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32-second video

It’s simple math: what’s most important is what counts forever. And what counts most with God is what He gave His Son for: people’s lives.

 

Authors: Craig Keener

Part 1: Strategizing

Rebekah had promised to call Jacob when his brother’s anger subsided (27:45), but he had never received such word from her. (Whether she has passed away in the meantime is not clear; some time after Jacob returns to the land, her nurse Deborah apparently is with Jacob’s family and passes away in 35:8.) Again,

Monday, 13 June 2016 14:53

Tongues as revelation passed away?

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54-second video

Some say that tongues are revelation and have passed away, but in the Bible tongues are for prayer …

Authors: Craig Keener

Jacob takes his family and flees toward Canaan without informing his father-in-law. Why does Jacob leave Laban secretly? Although Laban claims that he would have sent Jacob away with a celebration (31:27), clearly Laban has not been willing to let Jacob go. Jacob expects that Laban would send him away empty (31:42) and even forcibly take back his

Monday, 06 June 2016 14:47

Worship special to God

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54-second video

Your worship is special to God–because only YOU can give Him the worship that He created YOU to give Him.

Authors: Craig Keener