Wie is Craig Keener?
Hy is opgelei as historikus van die klassieke Grieks-Romeinse tydperk. Hy was ‘n uitgesproke ateïs, maar het tot geloof gekom nadat hy uitgedaag is om die Bybel met ‘n oop gemoed te lees. Hy het by ‘n Pinksterkerk aangesluit en in Nuwe Testament studeer, en daarna gespesialiseer in Grieks-Romeinse en Joodse letterkunde van ongeveer 450 vC tot 250 nC. Sy kennis van die literatuur van hierdie tydperk, wat die konteks is van die Nuwe Testament, is ongeëwenaard – hy word gereeld na verwys as ‘n lopende ensiklopedie!
Daarom skryf Craig Kube en Ricky Cupido, die koördineerders van Vineyard Western Cape ‘n brief wat hier onder volg, en wat hulle afsluit met:
The conference will run each day from 1 to 5pm, and 7 to 9.30 pm (so maybe sleep late on those two days!)
Pawn your watch, sell your car, drive, Uber, ride a bike, walk or crawl – but get there!
Please SAVE the DATES 3 -4 AUGUST for an exciting 2-day conference with Dr. CRAIG KEENER hosted by Vineyard Western Cape.
Expect more details to follow soon!!!
Below is a blurb from Costa Mitchell, National Director of Vineyard Churches SA endorsing this EPIC conference and motivating you why you should not miss out on this important event!!!
WHY CRAIG KEENER?
One of the distinctives of the Vineyard, and notably of John Wimber, was a natural blending of Spirit and Truth, or experience and theology. Wimber always said of himself “I want to be evangelical in theology, but Pentecostal in practice.” In the same spirit, we are honoured for the opportunity to host a Vineyard colleague, Dr. Craig Keener, for a two day conference on 3 and 4 August in Cape Town.
What you will discover by attending this conference is the blend of passionate commitment to God’s Presence and Power, and resulting encounter with God, together with rigorous scholarship and communication of truth. All of this in a package of humility and self-deprecating humour and thrilling personal story.
Wheaton’s Gary Burge, commenting on the Christianity Today book awards for 2016, when Craig Keener’s Four Volume Commentary on Acts of the Apostles won the CT Book Award in biblical studies, wrote:
“Keener is a scholar with gifts that come along once every century, and here we see them employed in full force. Words like encyclopedic, magisterial, and epic come to mind when you examine 4,000 carefully argued pages on every aspect of the Book of Acts. Nothing like this has ever been done—and it’s doubtful that anything like it will be done for a long time. Keener has a grasp of the ancient world like few scholars anywhere, but he also has a heart for the church and its mission.”
You can read more about Dr. Keener’s personal conversion from atheism at http://www.salvomag.com/new/articles/salvo41/the-miracle-writer.php.
Other details of his CV are on the website www.craigkeenerconference.co.za or on the Facebook page “Craig Keener in South Africa”.