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

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

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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.

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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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Sunday, 22 December 2019 09:23

The New Jerusalem (51- minute interview)

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CBETS friends Georgina and Ruben interview Craig regarding the glories of the New Jerusalem here. (Want to see Craig looking like a space alien with headphones on?)

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One had been alive for twelve years; the other had suffered for twelve years. One grew up in a prominent household; the other was now destitute and socially marginal. Both had a desperate need, and Jesus met that need. Both Jairus (on behalf of his daughter) and the woman with the flow of blood...

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In this video, Craig provides sample passages where ancient background illumines our understanding of Scripture, including, for example, the story of the prodigal son or affirming his Brazilian Pentecostal audience’s support for the ministries of women.

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Sunday, 15 December 2019 11:47

Discipleship

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People think of various things when they hear about discipleship. In the first century, though, being a disciple meant following a teacher or belonging to a group that followed a sage’s teaching. Most disciples of teachers started in their teens and passed on their teacher’s teachings....

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 15:07

Good news about Christobiography

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Usually I just post Bible studies, videos, etc. (and often silly cartoons) here, but I did want to pause to acknowledge gratitude. Christianity Today listed my recent book Christobiography as its top biblical studies book for this year. There were many other great books out this year but I’m...

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:29

Interview on miracles (1 hour)

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Matthew Halsted, Baptist pastor and professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, summarizes his interview with Craig this way: “In this video, I talk with Dr. Craig Keener about assorted topics that revolve around a central theme, namely, supernatural experiences. We talk about miracles,...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 11:07

Megachurch

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Lest my blog about God’s building program (http://www.craigkeener.com/the-new-building-program/) leave the wrong impression, I want to make clear that I am not opposed to megachurches. I was an associate minister in one in Philadelphia, a church I love.

In Acts 2:46, Jerusalem’s Jesus...

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Thursday, 05 December 2019 11:46

The New Building Program

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I have never been one for church building projects. I am willing to be pragmatic about it: sometimes one does run out of room, and if the resources invested in the building will ultimately yield more fruit for the kingdom than another allocation of those resources, then by all means it is...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 09:43

How can Bible people do systematic theology?

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What has systematic theology to do with the Bible? That all depends on how one does it …

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 09:58

Craig’s conversion testimony

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This testimony is not meant as empirical evidence that would persuade somebody else. It is simply what happened to me. (If I were going to make up a conversion testimony, this wouldn’t be it! And if I were to choose my own background, I would’ve grown up a Christian instead of...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 09:46

Historical Jesus video interview (1 hr)

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Interview with Haden Clark: one-hour summary interview: https://youtu.be/07NHoQsyWgw

Authors: Craig Keener...

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This blog is devoted to providing free resources; my publishers own most of my academic books, however. But for those who are interested, this week Zondervan is selling my NIVAC commentary on Revelation at 50% off for the print edition here: http://bit.ly/2NiiOuq. The eBook is priced even better:...

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Sunday, 10 November 2019 10:00

Summary of Christobiography

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Admittedly I write better than I speak, especially extemporaneously, but this was an engaging exchange of ideas regarding differences in the Gospels, in this one-hour discussion. Some of us regard the differences as less significant historically than what we have in many fairly comparable ancient...

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“As criticizing other people’s religion has become more acceptable in our culture, hostile critics of Christianity are stepping up their attacks against Jesus, with some radical popular skeptics denying even His existence.

“Of course, denying His existence, or even the main...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 13:02

Historical Jesus interview, conclusion (6 minutes)

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Yeshaya Gruber from Israel interviews Craig. This is the final session of the interview: https://ibccourses.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Roundtable/Keener/Craig10.mp4

Authors: Craig Keener

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Christianity Today kindly posted Chris Reese’s interview of me regarding my new book, Christobiography, here. (The following is a sample of my answer to his first question)

Given what we know about disciples in antiquity, and given the relatively brief span of time between Jesus’s public...

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