The Importance of Women in Missionary Work

How do Paul’s remarks about women (e.g., 1 Cor 11, 14; 1 Tim 2; Titus 1) apply to the mission field? Women are more than “missionary wives”; they are missionaries! However, a gender divide among missionaries (part 1) exists in part because of subtle assumptions that marginalize women’s roles in ministry (part 2). In short, people use the Bible’s silence to silence women. In this third and final post, we consider a few possible applications. I take a “minimalist” view… Read more

What Assumptions Marginalize Women in Ministry?

Women missionaries often feel marginalized. They are theologically equal but strategically separate in many circles. Read more

Why Do We Have “Missionary Wives” But Not “Missionary Husbands”?

A gender divide has always existed among missionaries. We ought to understand the problem before we can address it. Read more

Is the glory of God intrinsic to humanity? Rethinking Romans 3:23

In what sense do all lack the glory of God in Romans 3:23? Sigurd Grindheim considers this question in his article “A Theology of Glory: Paul’s Use of δόξα Terminology in Romans.”[1] Given the importance of “glory” in Romans (16 occurrences of δόξα), Grindheim’s task is significant. “God’s Glory” in a Nutshell Scholars commonly explain Rom 3:23 as an allusion to Adam and the loss of God’s image. Grindheim examines the Greek Old Testament (i.e., Septuagint, LXX), which Paul often… Read more

Does Paul use shame to challenge or correct the Corinthians?

In the past year, a number of interesting articles have been published about honor and shame in the Bible. Te-Li Lau looks at Paul’s language in 1 Corinthians in an article titled “I write these things not to shame you” (JETS 60, no. 1 (2017): 105–24). Paul’s Contrary Uses of Shame Lau focuses on 1 Cor 4:14. To remind you of the context, 1 Cor 4:13–15 says …when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum… Read more

How Can Chinese Christians Foster a Reformation Spirit?

We do not honor the Reformers as mere dominoes who catalyzed the Protestant church. Rather, they instilled new DNA into the Church. Read more

Does Martin Luther Mislead Us Away from a “Theology of Glory”?

A local brother asked, “Doesn’t Martin Luther oppose a theology of honor and shame?” Luther famously demurs a “theology of glory” and exalts a “theology of the cross.”[1] What’s more, his consistent emphasis on law also seems to the honor-shame theology I and other propose. Do the Reformers contradict such a theology? Why Luther Rejects a “Theology of Glory” In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, countless articles and books will celebrate the theology of Luther and other reformers…. Read more

Theological Education, Original Languages and the Reformation

Can we truly claim to be children of the Reformation yet neglect the original languages? Read more

Brene Brown is Wrong. We Don’t Belong in the Wilderness

I can’t recommend Brene Brown’s new book. And she likely doesn’t care. I pre-ordered Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and digested it with a couple of days. I’m an easy sale. But I’m not sold on this one. Sorry Brene. Can we “belong” alone? Rule #1 when reviewing a book is this: judge a book based on its intended goal. In a word, Brown writes to help people become more shame-resistant by empowering them to break from… Read more

Coming to ETS and SBL? Join me for these sessions

After missing last year, I’m looking forward to attending this year’s annual meetings for ETS (Evangelical Theological Society) and SBL (Society of Biblical Literature). If you plan to come, I’d love to connect. I’ll be giving talks at both conferences. Below are the presentation titles and other relevant information. Reading Scripture with “Eastern” Eyes: How Honor and Shame Make Us More Asian and Biblical Here is an introduction to my ETS presentation. Anyone can read the Bible with “Eastern” eyes…. Read more

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