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

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 12:44

Mary and Zechariah—Luke 1 (9.23 minutes)

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Luke compares and contrasts many figures in his Gospel and Acts; this comparison begins already in Luke’s opening scenes, with Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father, and Mary, Jesus’s mother. Zechariah is positive, but Mary is even more positive. John is great, and Jesus is even...

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Jesus’s seventy or seventy-two disciples returned to him excited after Jesus sent them out on their mission. “Lord, even the demons are subjected to us by your name!” (10:17).

Jesus will redirect some of their excitement, but before turning to that, let me make a brief comment on...

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Nearly all of my posts are scheduled far in advance. None of them (including the recent post on the biblical book of Job) was precipitated by news of the coronavirus. But since the topic is on people’s minds, I offer here just a small possible contribution.

For those wondering whether...

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I often think painfully of godly students or friends who died quite young—for example, Caritha Clarke, Nabeel Qureshi, Aaron Nickerson, and most recently Brittany Buchanan Douglas. The news of these events made little sense to me emotionally, though I have confidence in each case that they...

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This is a super-brief introduction to Colossians: https://youtu.be/0eei3KyQMrM

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Against preparing sermons, some preachers used to quote the verse, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it” (Ps 81:10). Or perhaps I should say more precisely, they used to quote a single line of the verse. Their resistance to preparation apparently extended to examining the context...

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This is a very brief introduction and overview for Philippians: https://youtu.be/O_qabQHr-nU

Thanks to my niece Kayla for helping me figure out how to mix power point and video!

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Fight-or-flight instincts serve a necessary purpose for cornered people or animals. When people misrepresent us or wrong us, our self-preservation instincts naturally prime us to lash back at them. But God gives us a higher example in his gospel: an example of self-sacrificial love and forgiveness....

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020 11:46

Introduction to Romans (1-hour video lecture)

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Several years ago, Ted Hildebrandt (Biblical E-Learning) videorecorded (in roughly 17 hours) a series of lectures I gave on Romans. This is the introductory lecture:

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 23 February 2020 13:41

Welcoming each another—Romans 15:1-7

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In Romans 14:1-23 Paul summons believers to respect one another despite their differences on issues secondary to the gospel that unites us. In light of Paul’s language there and the larger context of Romans, Paul is especially calling Jewish and Gentile believers to welcome one another...

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When we think of Christianity in Africa today, we often think of movements that began with the witness of Western missionaries. While this may be true for some parts of Africa, it is certainly not true about all of Africa. For example, Axum in East Africa was already a Christian kingdom from the...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 09:22

Interview on Skeptics and Seekers podcast

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My interview on the Skeptics and Seekers podcast (hosted by a friendly skeptic and a friendly believer), which a friend pointed me to today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UE8DUATs6M

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Sunday, 09 February 2020 09:42

Against the grain—the prophet Jeremiah

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Many people thought that Jeremiah was a stick in the mud, a contrarian, and certainly unpatriotic. He went against the mood of his culture. Jeremiah was summoning Judah back to the values of God’s covenant with them, but they didn’t think that they had strayed. Most of the common people...

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Sunday, 02 February 2020 10:14

God’s amazing love—1 John 3:1

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1 John 3:1 (ESV): “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”

1 John 3:16 (NIV): “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020 11:56

Polarized thinking: your friend is my enemy

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“It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,

but every fool is quick to quarrel” (Proverbs 20:3, NIV)

While on some issues there may be just two sides (e.g., Luke 9:50), people often hold a range of views on different subjects, so classifying everyone in terms of their view on a single...

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Seth and Nirva interviewed my wife Médine (49 minutes) on her experience as a war refugee, our story together, and how the Lord helped us:.

Here is the Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk-BilyJc0AAnd here is the podcast episode link: https://www.freemind.fm/55

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Some writers today condemn the Jerusalem church for being too “Jewish.” I believe that this perspective misses the point. They were part of their culture, and they had as much right to practice Jewish customs as Paul’s gentile Galatian converts had the right to maintain gentile...

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My wife shares some of our story, especially her 18-month experience as a war refugee in Congo, in the January 3 podcast (44 minutes) at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cbets-podcast/id1465002258

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Although we often notice Paul’s denunciation of sexual sins in his vice lists, one sin not so often noticed is his mention of “revilers.” This appears in his list of damnable sins in 1 Cor 6:10 (and 5:11). Paul might focus on it there because it may have been an issue in the...

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George Wood interviews Craig regarding his book Christobiography and therefore on the reliability of the Gospels. At the end, he hits Craig with harder questions. Listen to Craig try to figure out what to say! image

https://influencemagazine.com/en/Practice/The-Gospels-as-Truthful-Biographies-of-Jesus

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 11:56

Count the cost—Luke 14:26-35

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The Gospels speak often about the cost of discipleship. They emphasize that Jesus is worth everything. And this should make sense if we think about it even for a moment. “For how does it profit someone to gain even the entire world but lose oneself forever?” (Luke 9:25). If Jesus really...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 11:08

The plausibility of miracles (1 hour)

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Okay, I post a lot of videos related to miracles because I get invited to speak a lot on this topic (I have written other books, but …) This one seems to have come out really well, though. This was a lecture I gave about miracles at Laidlaw College in New Zealand several months ago. (I was...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 10:18

He came to change from the bottom up

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“You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son...

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 12:06

Women in Ministry (46 minutes)

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This video is a lecture I was invited to give at Laidlaw College in New Zealand.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19, NIV)

Christmas is a joyful time for many parents, but also a time of grief for those who have lost children. (This is also true for other deep relational losses, some of which my wife and I have experienced, but few...

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