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, 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

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 19:32

What is baptism in the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts?

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What does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit in Acts? 5.3-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, 29 November 2015 20:34

Were Gospel biographies fictitious?

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Once a professor told me that ancient biographies, including the Gospels, were fictitious. Can you always believe everything your professor tells you? (Maybe some professors more than others …) Find out more on this 1-minute clip:

This is excerpted from a course on Matthew available for free at: http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildeb

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:28

Miracles and evangelism in Acts (power evangelism)

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The role of miracles in evangelism in the Book of Acts. 11 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

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 13:52

No way to treat guests—Genesis 19

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Two angels came to Sodom to test its morality (Gen 18:20-22). They arrived in evening, when hospitality would be most needed and also when the greatest dangers might await. Lot was sitting in the gate area of the city (19:1), a place where elders and other respected members of the community could hear and decide cases (Deut 22:15; 25:7; Josh 20:4;

Sunday, 22 November 2015 20:15

The Great Commission

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A 27-minute survey of Matthew’s Gospel:

This survey is excerpted from the introduction to Matthew’s Gospel; the entire series is available at: http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/DigitalCourses/00_DigitalBiblicalStudiesCourses.html#Matthew_Keener

Authors: Craig Keener

Signs at Pentecost (2:1-4). 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, 15 November 2015 20:12

Missing the forest for the trees

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1-minute clip from video on Matthew 23: warning for seminarians (and seminary professors such as myself):

Excerpted from a series on Matthew’s Gospel available for free at: http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/DigitalCourses/00_DigitalBiblicalStudiesCourses.html#Matthew_Keener

Authors: Craig Keener

1 minute: my most important lesson from Acts: praying for the coming of the Spirit. 1-minute lecture by Acts scholar Craig Keener. (See Luke 11:13; Acts 1:14; 4:31.)

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, 08 November 2015 20:06

Gnats and camels–Matthew 23:24

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Ever wondered why Jesus compares gnats and camels? See this 4-minute clip:

For more video material on Matthew, see http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/DigitalCourses/00_DigitalBiblicalStudiesCourses.html#Matthew_Keener

Authors: Craig Keener

Thursday, 05 November 2015 20:22

Exorcism stories

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Although scholars from various disciplines and worldviews explain the experiences differently, there are many firsthand accounts of exorcism experiences around the world. This 10-minute video excerpts material from a larger discussion on spirit possession experiences reported around the world.

It comes from a larger series available for free

Sunday, 01 November 2015 20:00

Is Matthew’s Gospel anti-Jewish?

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2-minute video:

A clip from the free videos at: http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/DigitalCourses/00_DigitalBiblicalStudiesCourses.html#Matthew_Keener. (For a book treating in more detail the question here, see David Turner, Israel’s Last Prophet, published by Fortress Press in 2015.)

Authors: Craig Keener

Evangelism: contextualizing the message. 1 minute. (This is a sample piece of a larger lecture on evangelism in Acts 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, 25 October 2015 20:45

Lost Gospels?

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This 7-minute video discusses the so-called Lost Gospels.

Please note that, contrary to the view you might get from this clip, I am among those who accept Q (though I respect those who do not)–it’s just discussed elsewhere in the original course, not this brief clip. (Also, I view Thomas as mid-second century but containing some

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 20:09

The narrative unity of Luke-Acts

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7-minute lecture 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

Sunday, 18 October 2015 20:38

Ancient historians were supposed to deal in facts

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Some people say that ancient biographers (like the Gospel writers) or historians (like Luke in Acts) freely invented their stories. This claim, however, does not fit the actual evidence. See this five-minute video at:

For more of this series on Matthew’s Gospel, see the free videos at: http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/Digit