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June 20, 2018
Looking Back on the Orality Movement (Tom Steffen)
“You’re not going to bed until I hear about what you’ve been doing in Palawan,”...
June 14, 2018
ChinaSource looks at denominations in China and its churches
Last week, I wrote a post explaining the structure of many Chinese churches and the...
June 13, 2018
The Message of Genesis 1 in a Single Picture
When Moses taught Genesis 1, he wasn’t thinking to himself, “Hmm. What would Darwin say?”...
June 06, 2018
Polity and Patronage in Chinese Churches
How do Chinese house churches organize themselves? How does Chinese culture influence church structure? What...
May 23, 2018
Paige Patterson is ousted as seminary president
Many of you read about Paige Patterson's comments a few weeks ago. Here is the...
May 23, 2018
China’s Five-Year Plan for Adapting Christianity to Chinese Socialism
Many people have heard about China's plan to "sinicize" Christianity. What does that mean? The...
May 16, 2018
Stop saying China is becoming “Western”
Here are a few phrases I’ve grown tired of. China is so “Western”...
May 09, 2018
Paige Patterson wants us to keep silent. This is why we shouldn’t.
When we silence or cover scandalous actions and speech “under the blanket,” we only fool...
May 08, 2018
Want Trump as a patron? Give thanks
Still don't understand ancient patronage systems? Well, now you can thank Donald Trump. His presidency...
May 03, 2018
Clothing the Grand Biblical Story with Honor and Shame
A student working with Muslims wanted to develop a story that takes honor and shame...
April 30, 2018
The subtle syncretism of Andy Stanley against “theological correctness”
It kills me when well-intended pastors like Andy Stanley unwittingly do damage to the church...
April 27, 2018
Jaywalking… so shameful
Guilty of jaywalking? You should be ashamed of yourself, says the Chinese government. When tempted...
April 26, 2018
My take on Kraft’s latest book and other recent reviews in Themelios
This month Themelios has a few book reviews you might find interesting. Contours of...
April 25, 2018
Unity and the Korean Language
The following comes from a BBC article "How the South Korean language was designed to...
April 18, 2018
Won’t this cause you to lose face?
I noticed a man sitting on the sidewalk begging for money. I asked him to...
April 11, 2018
Honor and Shameful Retribution in Ancient and Biblical Laws
The principle of lex talionis [“eye for eye, tooth for tooth”] is deeply etched on...
April 04, 2018
A review of Honor Restored (Cru’s new evangelism tract)
Cru recently released an evangelism tract called “Honor Restored.” This new tool offers people an...
March 29, 2018
What a former slave can teach us about judging others
I recently read the memoir Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, published in...
March 28, 2018
What The Greatest Showman teaches us about shame
I watched The Greatest Showman twice in one week. It is one of the most...
March 21, 2018
Recent ChinaSource Quarterly focuses on contextualization in China
This most recent issue of ChinaSource Quarterly is dedicated to the topic of contextualization. I...
March 20, 2018
The Cost of Pursuing Status
Louis Chew offers helpful insight in his recent article “The Pursuit Of Status: How To...
March 14, 2018
Is theological education “necessary” for missionaries?
An article recently came to my attention with a very simple claim. J. Brennan, who...
March 07, 2018
There is More to the Story
This guest post by Robert Strauss is Part 3 of 3 in the series introducing...
March 01, 2018
Effectiveness does not define contextualization
Over at Radius International, Sam Trumball rightly observes how people incorrectly define contextualization. Trumball begins...
February 27, 2018
Awaken to the Cross-Cultural Context (by Robert Strauss)
This guest post by Robert Strauss is Part 2 of 3 in the series introducing...
February 21, 2018
Introducing Story-Strategic Methods (Part 1)
This guest post from Robert Strauss is part 1 of 3 in the series. Reza...
February 14, 2018
Why Is God Justified in Romans?: Vindicating Paul’s Use of Psalm 51 in Romans 3:4
Most people understand God’s righteousness in Rom 3:4 and Ps 51:4 as punitive, referring to...
February 12, 2018
Two Recent Reviews of “One Gospel” and “Saving God’s Face”
I’m grateful to let people know about two recently published reviews of my books. They...
February 09, 2018
Why Jen Hatmaker Apparently Thinks I’m Going to Hell
Jen Hatmaker's arguments are flawed because of an increasingly popular but superficial way of interpreting...
February 08, 2018
Why Jen Hatmaker Gets Contextualization Wrong
Sadly, people like Jen Hatmaker give us poor examples of contextualization. She cast aside nearly...
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