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
Sunday, 12 August 2018 15:25

Faith hermeneutics

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Some Christians handle Scripture as if figuring out its meaning is all that matters. They expound it, but don’t apply much of it today. Some other Christians lay hold of and claim Scripture, but they don’t pay attention to context and so misunderstand it. Faith is only as good as its...

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15-minute interview:

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The following interview addresses the historical reliability of the Book of Acts:

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Monday, 06 August 2018 09:05

Are Christian Scholars Apologists?

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An apologia, or apology in the traditional sense, is a defense of something. Any scholar who proposes and defends a thesis (which is how most dissertations are written) does an apology in this sense. Monographs and articles typically advance and defend theses. (One reason that I enjoy writing...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 10:18

Babylon in the Book of Revelation

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5-minute video interview:

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 15:33

Differences in the Gospels, part 3

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There are, as noted in parts 1 and 2, differences among the Gospels. So, picking up where we left off last time:

Second and third examples:

In Luke 7:3-6, after a significant sermon by Jesus, local Judean elders and the centurion’s friends intercede for and deliver messages for him; he does not...

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Half-hour video interview:

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 15:30

Differences in the Gospels, part 2

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There are differences among the Gospels. A Christian who wishes it to be otherwise might say, “I wish there was only one Gospel.” But God gave us four, and it is more respectful for us to hear them the way that God gave them to us, listening to the message of each on its own terms. That...

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A brief introduction to Revelation for my video course on Revelation for Zondervan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqSh8caoO48

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 15:27

Differences in the Gospels, part 1

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I was converted from a non-Christian background, so I didn’t grow up hearing the Gospels. The first time I read through the Gospels as a new believer, I was shocked. Matthew was great, but then Jesus got crucified again at the end of Mark. “How often is this going to happen?” I...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 12:19

Interview on Revelation (1-hour video)

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Craig Dumont interviews his fellow Craig, Craig Keener, on the Book of Revelation:

 

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 13:00

Abortion as a justice issue

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Roe vs. Wade is in the news again. For anyone who doesn’t know, that’s the case that legalized abortion in the United States (although “Jane Roe” herself later came to oppose abortion).

The legality of abortion is a volatile issue, but one in which Christians, and others who...

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My interview with Craig Dumont on Spirit Hermeneutics for PentecostalPastor.com. Not sure why I’m not smiling in the first frame but the smile comes after awhile. image

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Some cultures understand loyalty better than others do.

Some cultures identify strongly with their leaders. In some cultures, people are prepared to die for the king, the queen, or (more often) their nation. Sometimes such loyalty may be blind or misinformed, but it gives these loyalists a sense of...

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New Testament scholars sometimes contrast the Jesus of history versus the Christ of faith. Not everyone means the same thing by this contrast. Christian scholars, for example, usually recognize that what we can know about Jesus by conventional historical methods is limited; it is therefore less...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:40

Verses out of context-videos about them

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This link opens up to four roughly seven-minute videos, each of them tackling some examples of verses often taken out of context, including “This is the day that the Lord has made,” “Let the weak say I am strong,” “baptized in fire,” “faith comes by...

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This post is in response to U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions citing Romans 13:1-7 with respect to taking children from their parents at the border.

To be fair, the larger context of his statement is that nations need to be able to legally protect their borders. But the larger, largercontext is...

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The psalmist celebrates the blessedness of those who observe God’s law, not doing wrong (Ps 119:1-3). God genuinely desires this ideal of full loyalty (119:4). Yet the psalmist is not yet claiming this ideal as his own life: “O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your...

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Sometimes the comments people append to articles tell us more about the commenters than about anything else. Trolling betrays the antinomian spirit of the trolls.

Proverbs 18:2, NRSV:

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion.”

NIV:

“Fools...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 14:47

The Sin of Achan (2 minutes)

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Achan’s sin risked destroying what God was doing in Israel. It brought judgment against his people, and others died because of his sin. He contrasts starkly with the figure of the Canaanite Rahab. See the brief discussion in:

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Today, at least in the West, most of us do not ordinarily think of spiritual powers influencing nations. Western culture emphasizes human autonomy; we run our own lives. But in Paul’s day, many people envisioned spiritual powers setting the tone for nations’ political, moral and...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 16:03

The Beast in Revelation 13 (49.13 minutes)

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Some people may want prophecies to be positive to guard against abuses, though this is subject to its own abuses (see part 1). Others, however, may prophesy positively as a way of expressing faith.

Prophecy as positive confession?

Some may insist on prophesying only positively as a vestige of an...

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