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

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.”

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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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When as a young Christian I attended a Pentecostal college, a beloved administrator warned me that prophecies should always be positive. That did not match all the prophecies I read about in the Bible.

It also did not match all the prophecies I had given; for example, I had felt led to warn one...

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The four riders and two other seals of judgment on the world.

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 10:48

The Zealot

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The other day I was laughing while recounting to my wife about an incident that took place when I was maybe 22 or 23 years old. A Bible college student who was about my age had invited me to speak at a worship service that he was leading. I was feeling nervous, as always before I spoke, conscious...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 14:59

Rev 5-redeemed from all peoples (15 min)

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The conquering lion turns out to be a slain lamb and takes the throne and opens the seals.

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 13:34

Resisting the Devil—Ephesians 2:1-3

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The Dead Sea Scrolls present every human action as caused by either the Spirit of Truth or the spirit of error (which the scrolls identify at times with Satan). But were they right? Biblically, God is omnipresent and sovereign, but Satan is not. Extreme demonology was not, however, limited to the...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 15:36

Revelation 4-worship (25 minutes)

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In Revelation 4, John experiences heaven’s residents worshiping God.

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Monday, 30 April 2018 09:19

Are There Apostles Today? (part 3)

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Are there apostles today? As noted in the previous twoposts, that 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. But Paul uses the term in a broader sense than this...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 15:04

Revelation 3.14-22-Laodicea (22.32 min)

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The church of Laodicea was proud of its self-sufficiency, but needed to repent and depend on Jesus. This is the church that made Jesus want to puke.

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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.

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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.

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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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