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, 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:

http://www.scottmsullivan.com/does-human-experience-really-count-against-miracles/

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

Monday, 14 March 2016 21:06

Different perspectives—Genesis 31:42-43

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Depending on God for vindication

What we see sometimes depends on the lens through which we view reality. What is right in our eyes may be wrong (Prov 3:7; 12:15; 26:12, 16; 28:11; 30:12); what matters is how things appear in God’s eyes, for his standard is truth (Deut 6:18; 2 Chron 16:9; Ps 34:15; Prov 5:21; 15:3). As Proverbs 21:2 declares,

Thursday, 10 March 2016 04:29

Wise philosophers misunderstand Paul–Acts 17:18

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5 minutes by Acts scholar Craig Keener. Acts 17:18. With background information (minus excursus on the philosophic schools, in adjacent video material from which this was excerpted). For 23 free lectures on Acts, see http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/DigitalCourses/00_DigitalBiblicalStudiesCourses.html#Acts_Keener

Authors: Craig Keener

Sunday, 06 March 2016 21:42

Be careful whom you trust—Genesis 34:1-3

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The narrator of Genesis tells the story of Jacob and the Shechemites partly to remind Israel that they had a history earlier in the land than the conquest, and partly to warn them against trusting Canaanite morality. That Jacob bought land near Shechem (33:19) reminds Israel, as had Abraham’s earlier purchase (23:16-20; repeated in 49:30;

Friday, 04 March 2016 04:26

Ancient apologetics

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3 minutes: ancient apologetics. How Paul was able to use Jewish apologetic arguments when engaging with ancient intellectuals. Also apologetics vs. skepticism today. 3-minute video clip by Acts scholar Craig Keener. For 23 free lectures on Acts, see http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/DigitalCourses/00_DigitalBiblicalStudiesCourses.html

In Jacob’s culture, husbands held the final say. Further, God has spoken, and since Jacob has heard him, Jacob must do what God has commanded. Nevertheless, Jacob carefully presents the case to his wives. Jacob’s wives then weigh in as if he is consulting them in 31:14-16.

Why does Jacob consult them? On one level, he needs their

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 23:23

Was Paul really a Roman citizen?–Acts 16:37

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Paul’s Roman citizenship. 13.4-minute lecture 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

Sunday, 21 February 2016 21:51

Rachel’s death in childbirth—Genesis 35:16-20

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I always hated scripts where somebody gets killed off and the writer gives you a petty reason not to feel too badly for them (I think of one movie where the victim was just vulgar, or another where she was just divorced, etc.). The very act of characterizing the person in some way makes them more identifiably human, and makes my heart go out to

Thursday, 18 February 2016 20:29

The Risen movie

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The acting, casting (with Jesus and his disciples actually looking Mediterranean rather than northern European), and cinematography were extraordinary. The buildings looked authentic (despite some questionable topography at times); the scene with the fleet was extraordinary, though for such a masterpiece the scene was amazingly—pardon the

Thursday, 18 February 2016 19:01

One body, many gifts

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Half-hour message on Romans 12

Christians for Biblical Equality recorded this message of mine in 2005 at their conference. I am amazed to see that I was bald even back then. 

Authors: Craig Keener

Thursday, 18 February 2016 04:19

Preventing suicide, Acts 16:27-28

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Paul prevents his jailer’s suicide in Acts 16:27-28, with background. 5 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

Sunday, 14 February 2016 21:32

God’s favor matters most—Genesis 29

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Have you ever felt discriminated against for matters outside your control? As Jacob’s parents showed favoritism toward particular sons, so Jacob showed favoritism toward a particular wife (29:30-31). Jacob was the younger brother of two and favored the younger sister of two, but God’s reversal of the birthright in some cases shows that

Thursday, 11 February 2016 04:16

Beating and abuse in Philippi

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5-minute lecture from 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