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, 20 February 2018 12:57

Rev 1.4-8–epistolary introduction (17 minutes)

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17 minutes on Revelation’s epistolary introduction, focusing on who God is.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 13:26

Emperor worship in Revelation? (6 minutes)

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Emperor worship was a big issue in the cities of Asia Minor that Revelation directly addresses. Could it have affected the churches there, as many scholars think?

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In the U.S., the label “evangelical” has been taking a beating, and some Christians who are theologically evangelical don’t feel comfortable identifying with it anymore. But it’s a good label historically–it just means “gospel” follower–and it’s...

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Kenneth Bailey contended for a model of oral tradition behind the Gospels based on Middle Eastern practices of passing on tradition. James D. G. Dunn, N. T. Wright and others developed his basic model. Theodore Weeden, however, severely critiqued the model, noting some significant problems in...

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Hopefully the 9 minutes you watch this video will not be great tribulation for you. How long the great tribulation is might depend on which great tribulation you have in mind …

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 13:05

God reaffirms his promise—Exodus 6:1-8

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Moses complains that the Lord has not kept his promise (5:22-23; note last week’s post); the Lord responds that now Moses will see what the Lord will do to Pharaoh, forcing him to drive God’s people out of Egypt (6:1)! If Moses is already doubting God’s promise, this renewed...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:24

The 144,000 as New Jerusalemites (12 minutes)

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 21:35

What is the mark of the beast in Revelation 13?

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Sunday, 28 January 2018 13:31

Wake up, for the Day is near!—Romans 13:11-14

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In some circles, we think of “revival” or “awakening” as happening only when people fall down weeping or laughing or have other kinds of unusual experiences. And it is true that in recent centuries, such experiences have commonly accompanied what we call awakenings....

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 13:17

The mark of the beast (3.44 minutes)

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 21:20

Crisis of young faith—Exodus 5:22-23

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Moses had anticipated that his people might not believe him (Exod 4:1), so God had provided signs so they would believe him (4:5, 8-9). Yet now, even despite the signs, they certainly were not believing him. Moses had not wanted this mission anyway, and had obeyed only under this God’s duress...

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Pharaoh requires the slaves to meet their daily quota of brick-making although he is no longer supplying some of the raw materials they need to make the bricks. He deliberately sets them up to fail, so he can pretend that their failure is their own fault. When they fail, their overseers get beaten.

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 07:46

Miracles seminar in Indonesia, 8.4

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20 minutes; Jesus as the ultimate revelation; not adding to Scripture

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 06:21

Whom will we serve?—Exodus 5:10-14

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After Moses demands that Pharaoh release the Israelites from slavery, Pharaoh cracks down with even harsher servitude. Now the Israelite state slaves must gather their own straw to make the bricks. Their taskmasters (the Hebrew texts literally calls them oppressors, or those pressing them to labor)...

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Citing a report from ChurchClarity.org, NEWSWEEK proclaims that (anti-LGBT), “None of America’s 100 largest churches are LGBT-affirming and almost all of them are led by white men,” noting that, according to the site, “93 percent of the churches are led by a white...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 14:15

Approaches, views on Revelation (10 minutes)

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The major views on Revelation; the major views on the Millennium

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 15:50

When Most Prophets are Wrong—1 Kings 22

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When God gives a promise, we are right to believe it with all our hearts. Some biblical promises, though, are about collective judgment or impending hardship. These promises, too, we must take to heart so we may prepare for them (Gen 41:30, 36; 2 Kgs 8:1). This perspective may not appeal to a...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 07:25

Indonesian seminar on miracles, 7.4

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answering some questions regarding miracles, 23 minutes (English with Indonesian translation)

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 09:56

A Tale of Two Kings–Luke 2:1-20

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(Rerun from Sept. 2013)

Part of our Christmas story is a tale of two kings: one powerful in the eyes of the world, and the other identifying with the lowliest of people. It is the latter who is the true King, and this reminds us that we serve a God who is not impressed with power or status, but who...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 07:23

Indonesian seminar on miracles, 7.3

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24 minutes, in English and Bahasa; spiritual warfare, spirits, etc.

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Monday, 18 December 2017 05:01

Punished for Hope in God—Exodus 5:4-9

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Pharaoh insults God (Exod 5:2) and orders his slaves to just get back to work (5:4-5). He treats their request for a religious festival as nothing but an excuse to get off work. Even though most people in antiquity allowed for the existence of other people’s gods, Pharaoh assumes that the...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 07:20

Indonesian seminar on miracles, 7.2

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24 minutes, in English and Indonesian

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 18:46

When People Belittle God—Exodus 5:1-5

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Presumably presented by the elders as representatives of Israel or Israel’s God, Moses and Aaron obtain entrance before Pharaoh (cf. 5:15). The Israelites were a significant work force, and their leaders, even if not favored, would be able to bring petitions before Pharaoh on behalf of the...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:06

Symbolic language in Revelation

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Some people say to take everything in Revelation literally. But Revelation stops to explain some of its symbols, and some other images are also clearly symbolic.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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