Reviewing “The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest”

Although John Walton never shies from controversial topics, his recent book is bold, even by his standards. In The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest (TLWIC), he takes up multiple contentious subjects yet without being cantankerous. It is cowritten with his son, J. Harvey Walton, who was the lead writer. Nevertheless, this latest installment of The Lost World series matches the tone and methodology of his prior works, which I’ve previously reviewed here and formally. Why review this book? The… Read more

Recent Articles about Reputation and Shame in Chinese Culture

Here are a few recent articles about the influence of honor and shame in contemporary China. I’ve included a small snapshot introducing each article. Why are women accused of witchcraft? Study in rural China gives clue (Jan 13, 2018) But a study we conducted of one Chinese region provided an opportunity to test the most common hypothesis – that witchcraft accusations act as punishment for those who do not cooperate with local norms. According to this theory, witch tags mark… Read more

We need more uncontroversial posts

    Credit for Original Picture: Flickr/katerha. Adapted with permission CC 2.0 Read more

Seek Justice…Even When the Church Loses Face : Reflections on Christians’ Response to Andy Savage

Few things are as tragic and ironic as the church’s response to Andy Savage’s sexual assault of Jules Woodson. Read more

Five Problems with Dividing Training and Teaching

Missionaries routinely distinguish training from teaching. This is a problem. This way of framing words is a rhetorical device that subtly misleads us. Read more

Women and Ascribed Shame (by Moyra Dale)

Today’s guest post comes from Moyra Dale, who spent over two decades in the Middle East and holds doctorates in education and theology. See her full bio below. It has been good to see further discussion in western journals and books on the subject of shame and honour in the past few years. We welcome the recognition of shame and honour as significant categories, both in the Bible and in contemporary cultures, including western society. US author Brené Brown in… Read more

Theologians and Pastors are Always the Biggest Hypocrites

Many people have the same complaint against Christianity and against theological training. They say the church is full of hypocrites. Or, some say, seminaries produce people full of head knowledge but who don’t obey. This complaint is fundamentally flawed. Knowledge produces hypocrites In any room, the biggest hypocrites always are theologians and pastors. It has always been this way and it will always be so. Why? We can only obey what we know. Someone teaches us something, then we can… Read more

China only needed 7 minutes to capture reporter

Stop whatever you’re doing and watch the video below about China’s surveillance! The video was linked to an article titled “China’s CCTV Surveillance Network Took Just 7 Minutes To ‘Capture’ BBC Reporter” A challenge experiment was just conducted in Guiyang, China to see how long it would take to locate and capture a BBC reporter who was mixed in at random with the general population of 3.5 million people. After the police snapped his picture and fed it into the… Read more

The Most Overlooked Aspect of Honor-Shame Cultures

What is the most overlooked dynamic of traditional honor-shame cultures? In my opinion, it is anything related to patronage. This is why I’m excited about the upcoming meeting in Beirut (October 2018): The Patronage Symposium: Exploring the Gospel in Patron-Client Contexts In this post, I’ll explain why I think the Patronage Symposium is strategic and timely. I’m grateful to be invited as a participant and would love to meet you there What do we mean by “patronage”? One reason people… Read more

Since When Did Showing Respect Become Shameful?

What do we gain when we forsake honorifics? Nothing. We do not gain a sense of unity and equality. What is lost when we accept this new egalitarian norm? Read more

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