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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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.

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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.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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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

Authors: Craig Keener...

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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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Sunday, 25 February 2018 12:41

Not just what God saved us from—Exodus 6:6-7

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What usually gets our attention is that God delivers us out of trouble. But God has a bigger destiny for his people than just getting us out of trouble. He brings us into relationship with himself. As part of his covenant with Israel, God said, “I will take you for myself for a people, and...

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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?

Authors: Craig Keener...

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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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Authors: Craig Keener...

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