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

How Rhetoric Ruins Missions

“Whoever uses the best rhetorical rules” …. Missionary rhetorical results in multiples problems. It silences dialogue by pressuring people to settle for what is merely true. It obscures the difference between “good” and “best.” Such rhetoric plants the seeds of division…. I mention the following examples so that we can consciously avoid rhetorical traps…. Read more

What the Chinese Church Teaches Me About Obligation and Love

We Americans charge the hill while screaming, “You can’t tell me what to do!” Read more

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