19 Jul 2014, by

A personal note

I’m grateful to all of you who are regular readers of this blog. My friend Brian Stewart set up the blog with my approval and has made many of the posts from my earlier Bible studies (earlier posts can be accessed by Scripture reference or other tabs on one of the blog’s sidebars). More recently, I […]

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People sometimes quote Prov 23:7 to say that the real person is the person inside, the way a person thinks. This is a real principle—Jesus said that by their fruits you will know them (Matt 7:16-20) and that a person’s behavior issues from the heart (Matt 15:17-20). Getting it from this verse in Proverbs is […]

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Asbury’s website interviewed Craig here: http://asburyseminary.edu/academics/faculty/interviews/craig-keener/ Questions included the following: What’s your favorite scripture and why? My favorite biblical books (right now) are Acts and Revelation–though I wouldn’t want to do without any of the books of the Bible! In recent years I have been deeper and deeper in Acts, and feel increasingly at home […]

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Why did Paul have to spend so much time in Romans arguing from the Old Testament that salvation was by grace through faith? Were there any real Christians who doubted this? Reading Romans as an entire book explains the reason for each passage within that book, and each passage in turn helps us understand the […]

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Who are Christ’s ambassadors in 2 Cor 5:20? When Paul says “we are ambassadors for Christ,” does he refer to all believers, or only to himself? In every or almost every instance of “we” in the preceding chapters, Paul refers to himself and his ministry colleagues. Probably in 5:20, then, Paul also refers not to […]

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What does Matthew 6:33 mean when it says, “all these things shall be added to you” (NASB) or “all these things will be given to you” (NIV, NRSV)? The context indicates that it refers to basic necessities—food and covering. Jewish people sometimes used Gentiles—non-Jews, who were usually what they would have regarded as “pagans”—as examples […]

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The Bible often speaks of spiritual warfare, for example in Ephesians 6:10-20, where the armor includes righteousness, faith, and truth. In Revelation 12:11, believers “triumph over” their accuser by the blood of the lamb and the message to which they bear witness. Not all the biblical passages that some interpreters apply to spiritual warfare really […]

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What does Eph 5:1 mean when it exhorts us, “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children” (NIV)? Should we try to be omnipresent (everywhere at once), as God is? Should we try to create the universe? The context is very specific how we should imitate God. We should forgive as God in Christ forgave […]

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Some claim that the apostles took Scripture out of context in the New Testament, and that their example authorizes us to do the same. We could respond that, no matter how led by the Spirit we may be, we are not writing Scripture. But the fact is that claims about New Testament writers taking the […]

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This audio interview with Craig about miracles (the second half) aired on the God Solution on May 11, 2014. (It is the sequel to the part posted the previous week.) http://eternityimpact.sermon.tv/main/main/20066689

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