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, 18 July 2017 14:34

We have a foretaste of heaven inside us

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Paul uses the Greek term arrhabôn, a term used in business documents for a downpayment, to describe the gift of the Spirit as a foretaste of our future inheritance (2 Cor 1:22; 5:5; Eph 1:13-14). The Spirit is also the aparchê, the first fruits of our future experience with...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 07:59

Moses as a refugee—Exodus 2:15-17

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Moses may have thought that killing an Egyptian oppressor was an act of justice, but the Egyptian overlords have different ideas. Once word about his action leaks, the attempted hero must flee for his life, soon becoming a fugitive in Midian from political repression.

Moses has reason to fear...

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Scripture speaks of what we call “inward leadings” in various places, in various ways. The expression “led by the Spirit” in context refers especially to God guiding us in living in his way, but the idea of how the Spirit guides us can apply also to divine comfort,...

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In Exod 2:11-12, Moses killed an Egyptian who was striking one of Moses’s own people. He meant to act for justice. Unfortunately, however, injustice was not limited to the Egyptians. In TheGulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn confessed his dismay at his discovery that it was not only his...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 14:38

Ethnic reconciliation in Ephesians 2:11-22

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This is a message I preached at an evangelical Presbyterian church in Indiana. This link worked when I tried it and hopefully still works when you try it!

http://www.covenantepc.org/resources/sermons/racial-reconciliation-1045am-service/

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 07:33

Standing for Justice—Exodus 2:11-14

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Nobody’s perfect, but sometimes one side really is right and another is wrong. The civil rights reformers were not perfect (see the marvelous movie Selma: https://www.amazon.com/Selma-David-Oyelowo/dp/B00NMF8SEK), but they were right that racial oppression was wrong. In that setting, whites...

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Authors: Craig Keener...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 07:03

Moses as a third-culture kid—Exodus 2:7-10

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Did Moses know that he was a Hebrew? Contrary to some of the movies we see (including my beloved Prince of Egypt!), he presumably did. In many periods in Egypt’s history, Asians could serve in the Egyptian court. Disloyalty to Egypt, however, would be harshly punished. A Hebrew less than...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:25

The Spirit as a distinct person

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72-second video:

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:05

Miracles lecture at Purdue (video)

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Symposium Christi

Go to: https://livestream.com/FocusingonExcellence/Symposium-2017 and click “Watch Again.”  The event content starts at time 33:10 on the timeline.

OR:

On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-O4koeiNGc  The event content starts at time 33:25...

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Sometimes in the midst of history, injustice seems to prevail. In light of a longer view, and especially an eternal view, however, justice will win out. This becomes evident over the span of a generation in the ensuing context of our present passage.

Before Pharaoh decided to oppress Israelites,...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:54

God loves atheists (2-minute video)

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For those who prefer text, it appears below the video:

God loves atheists, and so do I. Jesus calls his followers to love our neighbors as ourselves. While some atheists are spiteful in denouncing the Lord we love, and all of us his followers, as simple-minded, Jesus also told us to love our enemies...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 19:37

Is lying ever right?—Exodus 1:19-21

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In the 2013 film, Return to the Hiding Place (https://www.christianbook.com/return-to-the-hiding-place/pd/241338?event=ESRCG), Eusi, a Jewish cantor staying with the Ten Booms, argues that saving a life is far more important than telling the truth. An ethical debate ensues; one of Corrie’s...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:50

Seek the common good (89-second video)

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The video appears here; the text follows if you prefer to read it

https://youtu.be/X7o_IJe-GHM

Sometimes religious people, like some other people, have wanted to be in charge of society. Of course, in a democracy we’re all responsible for public welfare and should work for our society’s...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 14:50

The Miracle Writer

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Terrell Clemmons wrote this article for Salvo magazine about Craig’s conversion experience and research on miracles:http://www.salvomag.com/new/articles/salvo41/the-miracle-writer.php

The title is:

The Miracle Writer

Craig Keener: A Scholar Who Pursued the Truth of Impossible...

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Some regard the story as unreliable, but I argued in an article in 2008 that we have good reason to believe that the account is in fact reliable. I also worked some with cultural background about this passage.

The article is available for download or reading here (Andrews University Press):

http://dig...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 13:46

YOU’re a minister (77 seconds)

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Ephesians 4:11-13

77-second video (or if you’d rather read, the text follows):

In Ephesians 4:11-13, the job of ministers of the Word is to equip the rest of Christ’s body for the work of the ministry. We believers are all Christ’s body, all called to ministry. We each have special...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:07

Mind of the Spirit (video interview)

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Craig’s 42-minute video interview with Lucy Peppiatt for Westminster Theological Centre:

Authors: Craig Keener...

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The unscrupulous Pharaoh, determining to act shrewdly (NRSV, ESV) with God’s people, planned to kill their infants through the Hebrews’ own midwives. The chief midwives, however, prove shrewder than he, delaying Pharaoh’s extermination policy and so in the meantime saving the...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:26

Acts 27-28: voyage to Rome

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Session 23 on Acts

Free 1-hour video lecture on the closing chapters of Acts.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Although being fruitful and multiplying (Exod 1:7) is a good thing, it can also provoke opposition from those who wrongly feel us threatening. Instead of treating Joseph’s benevolent legacy as a blessing for Egypt, a new Pharaoh was about to persecute Joseph’s people. Joseph had great...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:23

Acts 23-26: Paul on Trial

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Free video session 22 on Acts

1-hour free lecture on Acts 23-26

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Exodus opens where Genesis leaves off: Jacob and his family settled in Egypt (Exod 1:1-5), and Joseph and his generation died (1:6). Although Joseph’s generation died, their descendants were fruitful and multiplied and filled the land (1:7), far beyond all normal, natural expectations.

In so...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 09:20

Acts 21-22: Paul in Jerusalem

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Free video lecture 21 on Acts

1-hour free video lecture on Acts 21-22

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 13:31

Impossible Love brief sale on Kindle

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I was just reminded that Impossible Love–Médine’s experience as a war refugee and how we got together–is now on sale for $2.99 at some online vendors just until May 12 (Friday) and at the MOMENT even down to $1.99 at:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B012H100VS/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_d...

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