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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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

Sunday, 07 February 2016 20:37

The deceiver gets deceived—Genesis 29

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What Jacob did to others, Jacob now endures from others—though in the long run—sometimes the very long run—God will bless Jacob and more than make up for his suffering.

As Jacob deceived his father and stole his elder brother’s role, so now Rachel’s father deceives Jacob and gives Rachel’s role to his elder

Sunday, 31 January 2016 20:42

Traveling to a new land—Genesis 28—29

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Before Isaac sends Jacob to Mesopotamia, he blesses Jacob to possess the land of his sojournings (Gen 28:4). More significantly, before Jacob can leave for Mesopotamia, God appears to Jacob and promises him the land on which he lies, and that God will bring him back to this land (28:13-15).

After God speaks to Jacob in his sleep, Jacob sets up a

Why Jacob apparently travels to Mesopotamia without a brideprice is something of a mystery; my guess is simply an educated one. One movie portrays Jacob getting robbed (by an ally of Esau); that, too, is just a guess, but at least it recognizes the problem.

The promise of land and descendants had cost Abraham many acts of faith over the years; he

Thursday, 21 January 2016 04:07

Where did Paul get his name? (2.5 minutes)

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Acts 13:9: Where did Paul get his name? 2.5-minute 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#Acts_Keener

Authors: Craig Keener

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 08:23

Hosea and the God of the Broken Heart

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Most people know me as a New Testament scholar. To keep my reading of Scripture balanced, however, I do most of my devotions from the Old Testament. Indeed, I have encountered God especially deeply in prophetic books such as Hosea and Jeremiah, where God laments over his people who have wandered far from him. God intended for his people to have an

Sunday, 17 January 2016 21:12

Jacob gets Esau’s blessing—Genesis 27

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Rebekah had heard from God that the elder would serve the younger, and thus she urged her (slightly) younger son Jacob to get the blessing. Genesis does not comment directly on the morality of this decision, honoring its outcome but depicting also a world in which everyone was getting snared by deceptions (see http://www.craigkeener.com/was-rebekah

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:55

Interview clip about Impossible Love

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Caleb Hegg interviewed Médine and me about our book Impossible Love, which is due out in April. Here is a brief, less-than-2-minute excerpt:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-LMmwlcgUs

Authors: Craig Keener

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:32

Is it all right to call God Allah?

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Some people today debate whether it is all right for Christians to call God “Allah.” Those within cultures that speak Arabic (or Hausa or other languages that use this title) have a right to discuss whether there might be inappropriate connotations in some of their contexts (or where it might be against the law). But from a purely

Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:40

Paul and the Law

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Scholars articulate a range of views concerning Paul’s approach to the law. A basic summary of my own current perspective (which surfaces at points in my small 2009 Romans commentary) might be as follows:

  • Paul respects the law as God’s Word; this includes both the narrative and the legal material.
  • Paul believes that the law was meant to
Thursday, 07 January 2016 04:00

The faithless prayer meeting in Acts 12

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2.5 minutes 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

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 12:34

Marital conflict in the Bible

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I don’t like arguments, and I especially do not like arguments with people close to me. (The less my relationship with a person, the less I care what they think about me, except when they’re armed!) Warning: the purpose of this post is not to stir more arguments. But what do you do when they happen?

Did you know that even some of the

Thursday, 31 December 2015 21:49

New for 2016

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Lately I have been running short clips from the free video courses on Matthew and Acts, with few written blog posts. In 2016 I plan to return to more of a balance (and might eventually even run out of regular video clips). Please also note the “Free Resources” page and also the searchable archives, which include roughly 400 free Bible

Official from the African kingdom of Meroë–Acts 8:27. 6.5-minute lecture from Acts scholar Craig Keener. (Part of a larger segment.)

For 23 free lectures on Acts, see http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/DigitalCourses/00_DigitalBiblicalStudiesCourses.html#Acts_Keener. Craig’s Acts commentary treats the passage about

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 20:36

Herod Agrippa I–Acts 12

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Information about Herod Agrippa I in Acts 12:1-4. 4.4 minutes 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

Sunday, 20 December 2015 20:43

Gospels not making things up–Luke 1:4

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5-minute video on the Gospel writers not freely inventing events:

This is excerpted from a larger argument about the Gospels as valuable historical sources about Jesus, the first two parts of a series on Matthew’s Gospel available free at: http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/DigitalCourses/00_DigitalBiblicalStudiesCourses.html

Philip’s travels in Acts 8:40 and how Peter follows in Philip’s footsteps. 1.5 minutes 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. For more information on Philip as Peter’s forerunner, note the

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 12:54

The True King–Luke 2:1-14 (sermon)

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I preached this Advent message recently:

Authors: Craig Keener

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The motto of one very successful Bible college basketball team was, “For bodily exercise profiteth” (1 Tim 4:8), though the verse in that version went on to read, “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things.” The NIV and NRSV both say here, probably more helpfully, “physical

Sunday, 13 December 2015 21:29

Translation can be difficult!

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This is roughly an hour lecture that I did for a class. Unfortunately, I strayed off topic and off my notes a few times more than usual. Imperfect as it is, hopefully it will be of benefit to someone.

Authors: Craig Keener

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 20:15

Radical for Jesus: Sharing possessions, Acts 2:41-47

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Sharing possessions and sharing life together–the early church in Acts 2:41-47. 5 minutes 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

Sunday, 06 December 2015 20:39

Tithing–Matthew 23:23

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3-4 minute video on tithing (especially Jesus’s challenge to religious leaders in his day):

More on Matthew is available free at: http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/DigitalCourses/00_DigitalBiblicalStudiesCourses.html#Matthew_Keener

Authors: Craig Keener