Episode 105: Craig Keener – Impossible Love: The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles and Hope against All Odds [podcast]

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with Craig Keener about his and Médine’s book Impossible Love: The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles and Hope against All Odds (Chosen Books, 2016).

Here’s what you’ll learn in this interview:

  • Craig’s journey from atheism to faith. (00:40-02:14)
  • How Craig and Médine first met during graduate school. (02:15-03:36)
  • Craig and Médine continued their friendship as pen pals, while oceans separated them. (03:37-05:38)
  • God redeemed the time while Craig was single, allowing him to throw himself wholly into his biblical studies and writing. (05:39-7:04)
  • Craig and Médine entered a blackout period where they were unable to communicate with each other after the war broke out. (7:05-9:01)
  • The wrestling Craig did with God while he was unable to reach Médine and the promises that sustained him through this portion of their journey. (9:02-10:59)
  • Craig shares some of the prophetic words he and Médine received, specifically words about Médine’s lost passport and that Médine would some day marry a white man with a large ministry. (11:00-15:11)
  • Craig shares about Médine’s sister, who was miraculously healed after being bitten by a snake when she was two years old. (15:12-16:50)
  • Craig and Médine were ahead of the digital revolution and got engaged via e-mail. (16:41-20:17)
  • The things Craig most hopes readers take away from his and Médine’s story. (20:18-21:56)
  • Craig talks about how this deeply personal, autobiographical writing experience differed from his academic writing. (21:57-24:25)
  • Find out where you can go on the web to get your very own copy of Impossible Love. (24:26-24:57)

Impossible Love by Craig & Medine KeenerAbout the book:  A Gripping, True-Life Love Story!

Shy, scholarly Craig Keener first met Médine, a beautiful Ph.D. student from central Africa, through a campus ministry at Duke University. The two became close friends, but it wasn’t until Médine returned home that Craig–coming to terms with his own wounded heart–realized his love for her. But civil war had broken out in Congo. Médine faced terror, disease and devastating hardship–and Craig didn’t know if she was alive or dead.

Separated by continents, cultures and the ravages of war, Craig and Médine never stopped believing that faith, hope and love can surmount even the most overwhelming obstacles. Part romance, part thrilling adventure, their story is an unforgettable, miracle-filled journey of impossible love. You will be amazed by the God whose own great love for each of us will always overcome.

About Craig Keener:  Craig is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and holds a doctoral degree in New Testament Studies and the Origins of Christianity from Duke University. He is the author of several commentaries on books of the New Testament.

Craig & Medine KeenerAbout Médine Moussounga Keener:  Médine holds a PhD from the University of Paris and is the pastoral care coordinator of Formation Ministries at Asbury. Médine and her husband, Craig, work for ethnic reconciliation in the US and Africa.

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