Subscribe via RSS Feed

Our God is With Us through It All: Interview with Craig and Médine Keener about Impossible Love Médine, Your parents seem to have been a source of strength in your family. What are some of the things that you admire about them the most?

Médine: First, my parents’ faith and relentless seeking of God’s direction in their lives and ours was a great encouragement. Nothing was too small or too big for them to bring before their heavenly Father. Second, their love for each other and for their children in all circumstances. Finally, their ability to forgive their enemies and love all people. Médine, your parents also seem to have instilled a strong Christian faith in you and your family. How did they do this?

Médine: From the time each one of us was born until the day they entered Heaven, my Mom and Dad prayed for and with us. As far back as I can remember, my parents read the Bible to us, taught us hymns. They were always open to listen to us, answer our questions and walk with us through faith crisis. They also taught us by being human with all their faults and qualities and living their lives in a way that gave glory to God. Médine, one of the things that stands out in your story is the important part that dreams, visions, and prophecies have played in your story. Now that you have lived in the United States for a number of years do you think that people in Africa are more open to these kind of supernatural experiences than people in the West and if so, why?

Médine: I think so because our culture is prone to believing in the existence of powers beyond us. Also I believe that because of the blessings of technology and other medical resources in the West that people in Africa do not have, we rely on God for all our needs. In the book you both share that you have experienced divorce. Some people in similar situations might not share this information. Why did you decide to include it in your book?

A broken heart can help us to feel what matters to God, whose heart breaks for the world.

Craig: Lots of people are afraid to tell their stories, even if, as in our case, they were abandoned or betrayed and didn’t choose their situation. And their fear is understandable: there are some places that will treat you like a leper. Some churches will reject your ministry. But God wrote the story in our lives; He’s the hero of the book, and the honor for healing us and using us belongs to Him. Ultimately the story isn’t about us so much as it’s about the One who works behind the scenes in all our lives to communicate His love to the world. Médine and I have humbled ourselves and told our story, including the deepest pieces of brokenness, so others who have been broken can take courage.

Médine: For me it speaks of God redeeming my dream. I always wanted to be happily married and when things turned out so different, so bleak in my first marriage, I thought that I would spend the rest of my life single. Then God in his grace gave me a second chance, a happy marriage; He redeemed that which I thought would not happen again. It is also a testimony to my own brokenness and God’s healing power.

Pin It
Page 2 of 3123

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Category: Living the Faith, Spring 2016

About the Author: Craig S. Keener, Ph.D. (Duke University), is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is author of many books, including Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (Baker Academic, 2011), the bestselling IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Gift and Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today, and commentaries on Acts, Matthew, John, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, and Revelation. In addition to having written more than seventy academic articles, several booklets and more than 150 popular-level articles, Craig is is the New Testament editor (and author of most New Testament notes) for the The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. He is married to Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener, who is from the Republic of Congo, and together they have worked for ethnic reconciliation in North America and Africa. Craig and Médine wrote Impossible Love: The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles and Hope against All Odds (Chosen, 2016) to share their story. Twitter: @keener_craig

  • Connect with

    Subscribe via Twitter 1369 Followers   Subscribe via Facebook Fans
  • Recent Comments

  • Featured Authors

    Amos Yong is Professor of Theology & Mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena. His graduate education includes degree...

    Jelle Creemers: Theological Dialogue with Classical Pentecostals

    Antipas L. Harris, D.Min. (Boston University), S.T.M. (Yale University Divinity School), M.Div. (Emory University), was appointed as the founding dean of the Urban Renewal Center

    In Times Like These: Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Craig S. Keener, Ph.D. (Duke University), is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is author of many books<...

    Gordon Fee: Jesus the Lord according to Paul the Apostle, reviewed by Craig S. Keener

    Dan Reiland is executive pastor of 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He previously partnered with John Maxwell for 20 years, first as Executive Pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Ch...

    Leader’s Authority