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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Monday, 30 May 2016 14:44

Passion vs. legalism

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1.06 minute video

Legalism is the misplaced attempt to earn salvation; but we can serve God instead out of passion, because (now that He has forgiven us in Christ) His heart fills our heart with desire for Him.

Authors: Craig Keener

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 21:40

Mutual Submission—Ephesians 5:21

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Sometimes Paul gets a bad rap. The Slave Narratives are replete with sentiments from former slaves who loved Jesus but hated Paul, because slaveholders regularly quoted Ephesians 6:5: “Slaves, obey your masters.” What the slaveholders didn’t bother to quote was the context, which goes on to say, “masters, do the same things

Magic versus blessing

(Continuing the regular Tuesday Bible study series on Genesis … The home page sidebar allows you to explore any of the past studies on Genesis or other topics or biblical books.)

Jacob’s breeding techniques (30:38-42) seem strange to modern readers. Is it really true that if you mate animals in front of striped

By (and about) Craig Keener and Médine Moussounga Keener

Impossible Love (our newest book) is about God’s heart, but it’s also a true story of war, refugees, romance, adventure—and it’s the easiest of my books to read! Many who’ve read it have testified how deeply it’s touched them (e.g., J. P. Moreland,

Thursday, 19 May 2016 21:06

God’s Presence

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Christians don’t have to strive for God’s presence any more than we have to strive to be God’s children or one another’s brothers or sisters. The Spirit already lives in us if we trust in Christ (e.g., John 14:23; Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6).

Yet some live their lives completely unconscious of God’s presence except as a

Monday, 16 May 2016 22:28

Isaac and the Philistines—Genesis 26 Featured

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Living at peace with our neighbors

As a minority in a larger society, how should we as committed believers relate to those around us? Much of the Bible addresses such situations, whether the lives of the patriarchs, Israel in exile, or the New Testament. (The remnant of God-fearing believers in times that Israel as a whole was straying from God is

Monday, 16 May 2016 14:32

What is Humility? (15-second video)

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Humility is knowing who God is and who you are …

Authors: Craig Keener

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 21:51

8-minute documentary about Médine

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I know I am posting often and different subscribers will prefer different posts (some subscribe for the Bible studies, some for the Bible study videos, and some for the cartoons). This one concerns my wife Médine’s experience as a war refugee and just some on us as a family.


Thank you, Aaron, for

Monday, 09 May 2016 21:50

Carrying on the promised line—Genesis 24

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I used to relish reading Genesis 24 in my Hebrew devotions, because it encouraged my faith that as God provided the right wife for Isaac, God would also provide the right wife for me. How God brought my wife and me together makes for an interesting story itself (a subject of our book Impossible Love), and I do indeed believe that God cares about

Monday, 09 May 2016 14:29

What is Holiness? (18-second video)

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Loving God so much that nothing else matters compared to him …

Authors: Craig Keener

Saturday, 07 May 2016 22:25

Free Bible interpretation manual

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Please note that on the “Other Languages” page Craig has a free Bible interpretation manual available in English, Spanish, French, Bulgarian, Russian, and (just added) Portuguese (thanks to a ministry in Brazil; the link is below). (Other free resources appear on the “Free Resources” page of this site, besides the

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 20:54

Jesus is the only Savior

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If we are to believe the apostolic message in the Bible:

Islam can’t save you.

Buddhism can’t save you.

Hinduism can’t save you.

And Christianity can’t save you.

Only Jesus Christ can save you.

(further discussion in Keener and Usry, Defending Black Faith, 108-35, esp. 123)

Authors: Craig Keener

Monday, 02 May 2016 21:45

Faith no matter what the cost—Genesis 22

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Abraham offers a great model of faith. He followed God’s promise when he left behind his homeland (Gen 12; see Gen 12:1; Gen 12:1-3); when he believed God’s promise about a child, God counted this trust as righteousness (15:6). But what happens when acting in faith seems to cost us the very promise that God once offered? Do we still

Believers can have faith because God is FAITHFUL.

Authors: Craig Keener

One ancient purpose of this passage is to depict the terrible origins of Moabites and Ammonites. Since Ammonites and Moabites are not a big issue today, however, I will focus my thoughts here instead on the tale of horror attached to their origins.

Drunk like Noah (9:21-22), Lot did not choose the sexual encounter the passage describes (19:32-33).

Do Christians Have a “Persecution Complex”?

If we care about truth, sometimes we must speak against conventional wisdom, regardless of how one this may result in one being subjected to ridicule in some circles. Those who have not shared an experience are often quick to dismiss it, but their quickness often stems from their ignorance of

Thursday, 21 April 2016 16:21

MIracles lecture at Missouri State University

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This video (more than an hour) is from a lecture that I gave at Missouri State (one of my alma maters) in 2015:

Authors: Craig Keener

Monday, 18 April 2016 21:47

Good News and Bad News—Genesis 18

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New life and imminent death

Genesis 18 offers many lessons. These include lessons about hospitality, about faith, about God’s patience, about God’s justice, about persevering prayer and about God’s sovereignty in answering prayer. These lessons appear in God’s dialogue with Sarah and Abraham.

When three visitors suddenly

An example

Tom A. Toe, senatorial candidate from the red party, recently waffled on a reporter’s pointed question about food preferences, thus conspicuously displaying his hatred of bananas.

Although reds complain that bananas are largely starch, recent studies widely tout the health benefits of bananas. By contrast, tomatoes, which the reds

Lots of skeptics today criticize the Bible, oblivious to the cultural setting that it was addressing. Instead of seeing how biblical texts improved values of their surrounding culture, skeptics condemn the Bible for not promoting twenty-first century values that (whether we agree with those values or not) no one had heard of in biblical times.

Monday, 04 April 2016 22:28

God heard her cry: God and Hagar in Genesis 16

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God uses weak and fallible people—the only kind of people there are. Both Sarah, from the Middle East, and Hagar, from Egypt, were attached in special ways to Abraham, who had obeyed God’s call in faith. Each of them also believed in the same God that Abraham did. (At the very least, Hagar knows about God and when she hears from him

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 15:41

Abram’s Growing Faith—Genesis 15—16

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We rightly think of Abraham as our ancestor in faith, but his faith began small, just like all of ours. The faith necessary for God to count him righteous (Gen 15:6) was much less than the extraordinary faith demonstrated when he offered up Isaac years later (22:3). Abraham’s faith, like ours grew over the years. It was not something that he

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 19:11

Miracles interview with Scott Sullivan

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For those who are not tired of hearing my interviews concerning miracles, here is my interview on Scott Sullivan’s podcast:


Authors: Craig Keener

While Christian theologians today debate whether God demands pacifism or allows just war, at least in the Old Testament we see one just war that is not explicitly noted to have been carried out at God’s command. This was a war to liberate slaves. (This differs from the battles against the Canaanites, treated elsewhere: Canaanites 1; Cana

2.8 minutes by Acts scholar Craig Keener. For 23 free lectures on Acts, see http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/DigitalCourses/00_DigitalBiblicalStudiesCourses.html#Acts_Keener

Authors: Craig Keener