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

This is the first of a four-part series where Mike interviewed Craig at ETS 2019

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Sunday, 24 May 2020 11:42

Jesus was a Refugee—Matthew 2:13-15

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Among some, the claim that Jesus was a refugee has become politically divisive these days, so I should point out that the title used in this analogy predates the controversy; it was my own observation, published in my IVP Matthew commentary in 1997 (pp. 69-70). How that should apply to details of...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 13:11

How much is one life worth?

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In light of COVID, some have asked the worth of an individual life. I’m not qualified to answer from the perspective of biochemists, information scientists, healthcare workers, or economists (poverty and hunger are also taking a toll globally). All have important information to share, and...

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Rob Ginter interviews Craig Keener regarding the need for and value of Bible background

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In Greek, John’s Gospel includes many plays on words, and John often likes to play on the image of water. Jewish people and Samaritans used water for various ritual purposes, but John emphasizes that it is God’s Spirit, not ritual when done without the Spirit, that transforms.

Six...

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Monday, 11 May 2020 13:56

Gospels and ancient biographies (1/2 hour)

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Part 2 of the interview with Scott Rae of Biola regarding Christobiography: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2020/ancient-biography-historical-jesus-part-2

Scott’s summary: How should we assess the accuracy of the gospel record of the life of Jesus, since the conventions of history...

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Jesus had taken his disciples into Gentile territory to get away from the crowds (Mk 7:24). Even if Jesus temporarily escaped the paparazzi and the tabloids, however, he was too popular to fully evade notice; he could not even take his disciples on a private retreat without someone finding him. A...

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Scott Rae interviews Craig Keener on the Think Biblically podcast. This is part 1 (32 min).

https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2020/ancient-biography-historical-jesus-part-1

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What does it mean to be led by the Spirit? In terms of particulars, that depends somewhat on which biblical passage one is examining.

Some of the context of the Spirit’s leading in Galatians 5:18 is moral. Instead of our lives being circumscribed by written laws, God writes his law in our...

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Friday, 01 May 2020 11:21

Passed the class

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Proverbs 17:16, NRSV: “Why should fools have a price in hand to buy wisdom, when they have no mind to learn?”

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Tuesday, 28 April 2020 13:00

Paul in Athens—Acts 17.22-34

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Paul does his best to communicate his message across cultural and intellectual barriers to those who have trouble understanding him. Most do not listen, but the few who do will change history.

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In my times in Africa, I have often noticed women singing while they work. My wife, son and daughter, who are from Africa, tend to do the same. Well, I guess I have sometimes done the same, though normally when I think nobody is around. (They all sing a lot better than I do.)

But this need not be a...

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Friday, 24 April 2020 14:48

God provided in a time of desperate need

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In this three-minute video, I just reminisce on a time of God’s provision when I was unemployed, not yet reemployed, and had nothing. God sent provision through someone who did not know my need.

(P.S., in the video I mention that I’ve continued sponsoring a child through decades....

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 14:37

Paul in Athens—Acts 17:16-19

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Paul does his best to transcend others’ prejudices and cultural barriers to share good news in Athens.

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Sunday, 19 April 2020 12:00

Jesus in Ancient Historians

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On a popular level, some writers dismiss all evidence for Jesus as inconsequential and view him as a pure creation of his followers. Even apart from the dismissal of many lines of evidence, this skeptical approach, if followed consistently, would make much of history unknowable.[1] As in the case...

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My wife Médine shares her own direct experience as a Congolese woman and her observations about the experiences of other Congolese women.

https://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/recording-audio/african-womens-struggle-personal-journey-congo-america

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Recently I heard that, because some Christians in a particular nation have died from COVID-19, their fellow believers there have worried that God is judging them. Although God in the Bible uses plagues and other natural disasters as wake-up calls, we should not suppose that every case represents...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 13:02

Podcast on reliability of Acts

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Alisa Childers interviews me regarding the historical reliability of Acts here.

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Today’s post will be of interest mainly to academics who allow for the possibility of spirits. I try to address it from a somewhat neutral academic standpoint, though neither those who know my biblical convictions nor my African experience will be surprised at my conclusions.

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 17:15

What is Christobiography about?

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Christobiography draws attention to an old and yet sometimes neglected insight for historical-Jesus research: in terms of recognizable ancient genres, the Gospels are like ancient biographies. That is, the type of literary work from the Gospels’ era that they most closely resemble is the bios,...

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Mary celebrates the announcement that she will bear the Messiah. As she does so, she echoes the language of an earlier miraculous mother in salvation history, Samuel’s mother Hannah.

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I knew biblical passages about our solidarity with Christ—we are “in Christ,” we are the body of Christ, and so on. But I wasn’t sure how that connected with our personal spiritual experience of Christ. Was it related to Christ living in us (Gal 2:20)? Was it related to...

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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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