Recently Aaron Ross interviewed Craig on a blog and asked whether higher learning should cause Christians to lose their faith … or something like that … One could address this in various ways (Craig actually did wrestle with this in some early years, given his former atheism), but this is how he answered it now:
Answers to five questions, on Eerdword:
Philip Zoutendam at Eerdmans interviewed me on the Eerdcast (36.12 minutes), and offers a discount for the next two weeks (Aug. 2016):
Some churches don’t want some of the gifts–isn’t that like the body of Christ amputating some members? Some churches don’t want other gifts and just collect members amputated from other churches. Don’t we all need one another to be one body?
Some say that tongues are revelation and have passed away, but in the Bible tongues are for prayer …
Your worship is special to God–because only YOU can give Him the worship that He created YOU to give Him.
Christians don’t have to strive for God’s presence any more than we have to strive to be God’s children or one another’s brothers or sisters. The Spirit already lives in us if we trust in Christ (e.g., John 14:23; Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6).
Yet some live their lives completely unconscious of God’s presence except as a doctrine. They need to live their lives in light of that doctrine.
Being aware of God’s presence doesn’t make something untrue come true. But it does make all the difference in our lives. (Somewhat analogously, there is a difference between affirming that my wife is a nice person and me spending time with her enjoying her niceness.)
The Spirit makes us aware of God’s presence, reminding us that He is with us. The Spirit energizes a faith that goes beyond mere affirmation to active embrace of the reality of God’s presence. If you long for that, you need only begin to ask. 1od has promised never to turn away one who seeks for the Spirit (Luke 11:13).
Humility is knowing who God is and who you are …
Christians for Biblical Equality recorded this message of mine in 2005 at their conference. I am amazed to see that I was bald even back then. 🙂
Sharing possessions and sharing life together–the early church in Acts 2:41-47. 5 minutes from Acts scholar Craig Keener.
For 23 free lectures on Acts, see http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/DigitalCourses/00_DigitalBiblicalStudiesCourses.html#Acts_Keener