Online Chinese Christianity Collection

I recently found out the Online Chinese Christianity Collection (OCCC) is now accessible. It is chock full of articles, etc. for people interested in China. The online library is searchable. Depending on the resource, you can use English or Chinese. The worldwide largest online library on Chinese Christianity Chinese and multi-lingual full text downloadable for [Read More…]

What Cognitive Science Teaches about Contextualization

“Cognitive science” and “contextualization” –– two things that sound complicated but shape everything we do in ministry. In  Theology in the Flesh, John Sanders explains the concept of “framing” with this sentence: “We never open our presents until the morning.” For most Americans, at least, those eight words make complete sense because they evoke a [Read More…]

How do we “embody” theology?

John Sanders says all theology is embodied. On the surface, this doesn’t seem noteworthy. People for many years have aspired to “embody the gospel.” However, this is not Sanders’ meaning. His recent book Theology in the Flesh: How Embodiment and Culture Shape the Way We Think about Truth, Morality, and God (2016) will be a [Read More…]

Are these seminary professors actually racist?

The world’s strategy is working. Outsiders are using the church’s desire to love them as a weapon to make the church appear unloving. [Read more…]

Newest “mission and culture” book reviews in Themelios

Themelios just published its April 2017 issue. The assortment of book reviews concerning mission and culture are excellent. They touch on a diverse range of topics. Click the links below to read the reviews. Created and Creating: A Biblical Theology of Culture Review by: Marvin J. Newell Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical Review by: Kevin Halloran [Read More…]

Eastern versus Western Honor & Shame

Every human society cares about honor and shame but not all in the same way. Westerners think they are different, but they simply seek to achieve it more than ascribe it. [Read more…]

Reconnecting God’s Story to Scripture and Service

Tom Steffen has a nice article in the most recent issue of Christian Education Journal. It is titled “Discoveries Made While Reconnecting God’s Story to Scripture and Service.” Here is the article’s abstract: Story was much more nuanced than I had ever anticipated. Cross-cultural experience drove home the need to identify and define the various [Read More…]

Is Christ’s reputation lost on the church?

“Face” is a matter of life and death. Just ask Lance Armstrong and anyone fighting against cancer. In 2012, Armstrong admitted to doping his way to cycling history. In 2011, the “Lance Armstrong Foundation” (which raised funds to fight cancer) had $47 million dollars in revenue and around 90 full time employees. In 2010, it [Read More…]

Does the Easter story have authority?

This week, we’ll read narratives about Christ’s suffering and resurrection. But are we equipped to read them? This is what I mean….we easily recognize the authority of epistles since they state ideas quite directly. On the other hand, we tend to think of stories or narratives as descriptive. So, how do narratives carry authority? Here are some [Read More…]

Can Christians eat blood?

An oft debated question among Chinese Christians is this, “Can Christians eat blood?” For some, the answer is a straightforward “no” based on Old Testament prohibitions and on Acts 15:20, 28; 21:25, which record the Jerusalem church’s letter to the believing Gentiles. The Acts verses are not so clear cut. The letter seems to blend cultural and absolute prohibitions. After [Read More…]