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
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:59

Rev 3.7-12-Philadelphia (18.30 minutes)

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Jesus promises a church with little strength, facing great obstacles, that he will preserve and vindicate them.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 09:17

Are There Apostles Today? (part 2)

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Are there apostles today?

As noted in part 1, that depends on what you mean by an apostle. In contrast how some define it today, biblical apostleship does not seem to be a matter of summoning people to accept one’s authority. The Jerusalem church had elders in addition to the founding...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 14:54

Revelation 3.1-6-Sardis (12.45 min)

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Sardis is the prototypical “dead church.” Jesus issues a wakeup call.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 13:13

Are There Apostles Today? (part 1)

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Are there apostles today? That sort of depends on what you mean by an apostle. If by “apostle” you mean one of the Twelve, which is the most common use of the term in the Gospels, the answer must be No. If by “apostle” you mean someone who writes Scripture, although most...

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:51

Revelation 2.18-28-Thyatira (14 minutes)

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A false prophet nicknamed Jezebel is leading some of God’s people in Thyatira astray.

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Sunday, 08 April 2018 15:15

Spiritual Hypochondriacs

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I must confess that I have often been a hypochondriac. I always want to err on the side of caution, so when I lived in walking distance of my doctor’s office in Philadelphia I got checked on all sorts of things that turned out to be nothing. (My doctor was very patient with his patient.) Of...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 14:47

Revelation 2.12-17-Pergamum (15.42 minutes)

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The Lord warns Pergamum against false prophets that let God’s people abandon God’s requirements.

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Apocalyptic literature and Revelation (6.49 minutes)

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When God pours out the Spirit in Acts 2, hearers recognize some of the languages in which Jesus’s followers are (presumably rather loudly) praising God. In Acts 2:16-21, Peter begins to explain this marvelous event in light of God’s earlier promises. He quotes from Joel 2:28-32, while...

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Saturday, 31 March 2018 14:21

Verses often taken out of context

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Seedbed is now running a series of my 7-minute videos (OK, these first two are eight) on verses often taken out of context. The first two are up:

What Happens When the Church Reads the Bible Out of Context (Part I)

What Happens When the Church Reads the Bible Out of Context (Part II)

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 14:44

Rev 2.8-11-Smyrna (19 min)

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The church in Smyrna was called to be faithful to death. Their example should challenge us to count the cost for the Lord Jesus.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 14:40

Rev 2.1-7-Ephesus (10.22 minutes)

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The church in Ephesus needed to regain their first love. They had discernment, but not love.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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I might sound like a grumpy sourpuss in this post, but please feel free to balance it with my more upbeat ones.

Too often we believe things because they are things we simply want to believe. That does not make them wrong, but it does mean that we don’t know whether they’re right. Most...

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Friday, 23 March 2018 12:47

Paul, Apostle of Christ—the movie

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Here are my first impressions of Paul: Apostle of Christ, which came to our area today. First of all, I am very grateful that such films are being made. That gratitude overwhelms reservations on any other points. As you might guess (because I am a biblical scholar), movies about biblical themes are...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 14:37

Revelation–why these videos? (1.41 min)

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Why am I making free videos on Revelation? If you can’t attend seminary, I can at least give you free lectures …

Authors: Craig Keener...

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For those who wanted to view the interview with Craig on biblical scholarship but did not want to provide your email address, here is a link to it on YouTube:

  • [0:00]    Devotional reading habits
  • [0:34]    How he reads in preparation for his next book
  • [0:57] &nbs...

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Monday, 19 March 2018 09:00

The Point of Speaking in Tongues in Acts 2

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Pentecost (Acts 2:1) was a significant festival in the Jewish calendar, offering the first fruits of grain to the Lord (Lev. 23:16). Its significance in this narrative, however, may be especially that it was one of the major pilgrimage festivals, when Jewish people who lived all over the world came...

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Video interview, with a table of contents for the topics

https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/craig-keener-on-reading-writing-and-biblical-scholarship/

  • [0:00]    Devotional reading habits
  • [0:34]    How he reads in preparation for his next book
  • [0:57]    How he...

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A brief introduction to the letters to the seven churches.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 15:03

Why Does God Take So Long?—Exodus 6:9

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In Exodus 6:6-8, God not only promised liberation from slavery, but also a land of their own in which they could be free. From the start, then, God’s promise had envisioned the completion of their deliverance. What he began in their deliverance, he would complete. (The New Testament later...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 13:05

Jesus’s message in Rev 1.17-20 (7.48 minutes)

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Jesus, not our persecutors, rules death and life

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 12:58

The Reason for the Promised Land—Exodus 6:8

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Without the promised land, deliverance from slavery would have been incomplete. Former slaves could not maintain their freedom in Egypt, and apart from direct divine sustenance could not survive in the wilderness. They needed a land of their own.

Thus, after announcing his people’s deliverance...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 13:32

New Nero Symbolism in Revelation? (7 minutes)

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Besides other kinds of symbols (especially from the Old Testament), Revelation may have drawn on some popular images of its day–such as the frightening return of a ruler like their persecutor, Nero.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 13:01

Rev 1.9-16-Narrative introduction (7.43 minutes)

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Jesus reveals himself to John on Patmos in Rev 1.9-16

Authors: Craig Keener...

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