The Difference Between Worth and Wages

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In Romans and Galatians, Paul does not correct views about the merit of one’s works as much as he challenges the measure of one’s worth. This conclusion stems from John Barclay’s recent work Paul and the Gift (which I introduced in part 1 of the series). This post begins to explain Barclay’s distinction and the [Read More...]

Does the “Plan of Salvation” Make Disciples?

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Thanks to Asian Missions Advance, who have published my latest article in its Jan 2016 issue: Does the “Plan of Salvation” Make Disciples?: Why Honor and Shame Are Essential for Christian Ministry The article deals with a few major issues all at once. How might honor and shame reshape our view of Christian discipleship and [Read More...]

Grace Honors the Unworthy (by John Barclay)

On honorshame.com, John Barclay recently wrote an excellent summary about the relationship between honor-shame and grace. With permission, I have reposted his comments below. I think his final paragraph is especially helpful. Paul’s theology of grace was a radical intervention into a culture of honour-acquisition and status-competition. Paul’s gospel announces that God’s definitive gift in [Read More...]

Why Give Grace? Glory.

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In the ancient Roman-Greek and Jewish world, why did people give gifts (grace, χαρις)? And how might this insight help us understand the Bible better? In this series, I am exploring the implications and applications of John Barclay’s recent book Paul and the Gift. (Click here for part 1). As we see today, Barclay helps [Read More...]

Beware of Ministry Fragilistas

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When it comes to leadership in ministry (particularly among missionaries), one sees a few types of leaders. On the one hand, you have the strategist who genuine understands the culture (s)he serves and grasps the interaction between missiology and theology. On the other hand, you have the administrator, who can “do” a lot of things. [Read More...]

Saved By Grace? Which Kind?

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The following few posts typify what I hope this blog will accomplish. I want us to be doing theology while thinking mission. Sadly, there is a large chasm between missiology and theology. An editor once told me bluntly, “Missionaries don’t read theology.” Many would probably say something similar about theologians not reading missiology. In that [Read More...]

Define “worship”, not “god”

Justin Taylor probably has the most helpful post I’ve seen yet about the Wheaton controversy and whether Christians and Muslims worship the same god. I think Justin’s comments cut through a lot of the word smithing that goes on in this discussion. His post is rather thorough so I’ll highlight what I think is his [Read More...]

Interview with Christine Dillon (Part 2)

This the second half of my interview with Christine Dillon, a church planter in Taiwan with OMF International. We talk about storying in relation to honor-shame. Christine has written Telling the Gospel through Story: Evangelism that Keeps People Wanting More as well as 1-2-1 Discipleship. She has an excellent blog, which has been translated into [Read More...]

Can We Escape the Hermeneutical Spiral?

Reformed Margins (Review)

Over at Reformed Margins, Andrew Ong has posted a generous and constructive review of my book One Gospel for All Nations. Reading reviews of your own book always leads to mixed feelings. People sometimes misrepresent your thoughts or nitpick small details. However, I truly appreciate Andrew’s thoughtful comments. His balance and breadth of understanding of [Read More...]

Interview with Christine Dillon (Part 1)

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Today, I interview Christine Dillon, a church planter in Taiwan with OMF International. We talk about storying in relationship to contextualization and honor-shame. Christine has written Telling the Gospel through Story: Evangelism that Keeps People Wanting More as well as 1-2-1 Discipleship. She has an excellent blog, which has been translated into other languages including [Read More...]


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