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September 12, 2018
Adam, Israel, and Union with Christ in Romans
Wendel Sun says “union with Christ” is central to New Testament theology. To make that...
September 05, 2018
Union with Christ creates a new people in Christ
whenever I heard phrases like “union with Christ,” I inwardly rolled my eyes. I thought...
July 18, 2018
7 Dangers for Missionaries from Guilt-Innocence Cultures
A recent post on TGC warns against the dangers of becoming imbalanced when serving in...
June 27, 2018
Integrating Symbol, Story, and Ritual (by Tom Steffen)
If one’s worldview is constructed through the integration of symbol and story rehearsed through ritual...
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 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 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...
October 11, 2017
How Rhetoric Ruins Missions
"Whoever uses the best rhetorical rules" .... Missionary rhetorical results in multiples problems. It silences...
August 23, 2017
A Practical Approach to Biblical Contextualization (Session 4 Training Video)
Here is SESSION FOUR of 4 training videos I've released over the summer. This final...
August 16, 2017
A Balanced Critique of Popular Missiological Methods
Few recent missiological articles are as practical and pleasurable as is George Terry’s “A Missiology...
August 02, 2017
How does the Bible explain the gospel? (Session 3 Training Video)
There is one gospel yet many ways to present this message. Accordingly, in addition to...
July 26, 2017
Chiasm, Oral Peoples, and the Grand Biblical Story
Chiasm is one of the most common memory devices in history and across the world....
July 11, 2017
How does the Bible contextualize the gospel? (Session 2 Training Video)
Here is SESSION TWO of 4 training videos I will release this summer. Below, you'll find...
July 05, 2017
Saving Us from Me: Cultivating Honor and Shame in a Collectivist Church
Today, I'm releasing my recent conference talk "Saving Us from Me: Cultivating Honor and Shame...
June 27, 2017
The Bible Tells a Dystopian Story
Dystopian stories contextualize the anxieties of Western culture. If so, how might the Bible address...
June 20, 2017
Is Western Culture Dystopian?
Dystopia is a distinctly Western genre. It also is one of the most popular story...
June 14, 2017
Reinterpreting Contextualization (Session 1 Training Video)
In the coming weeks, I will release 4 full length training videos. The audio comes...
June 01, 2017
True but Confusing Advice for Missionaries
Mack Stiles’ recent post on The Gospel Coalition causes unnecessary confusion. Why? It offers advice...
May 24, 2017
How Metaphors Make Us Moral
“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” Arguably, John...
May 17, 2017
What Cognitive Science Teaches about Contextualization
“Cognitive science” and “contextualization” –– two things that sound complicated but shape everything we do...
May 10, 2017
How do we “embody” theology?
John Sanders says all theology is embodied. On the surface, this doesn't seem noteworthy. People...
April 20, 2017
Reconnecting God’s Story to Scripture and Service
Tom Steffen has a nice article in the most recent issue of Christian Education Journal....
March 23, 2017
Is the Chinese Church a Test-Case for “The Benedict Option”?
If you’ve been on the web but haven’t heard of Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option,...
March 01, 2017
Individualism with “Chinese Characteristics”?
“Traditional” views of Chinese culture as so Qing dynasty. That’s what Danny Hsu argues in...
February 15, 2017
Contextualize. Don’t Merely Theologize.
I was a math major. But it was my college soccer class that made me...
February 08, 2017
Contextualize. Don’t Merely Evangelize.
As I waited for my plane, I was stumped by what I was looking at....
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