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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...
March 14, 2018
Is theological education “necessary” for missionaries?
An article recently came to my attention with a very simple claim. J. Brennan, who...
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 07, 2018
“Holiness, holiness is what I need.” Really?
If you ever sang “Take my Life” in church, you have probably been taught that...
January 31, 2018
Did the Canaanites actually break God’s Law?
Section 3 of The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest is called “The Canaanites are...
January 24, 2018
What the Bible Does Not Say about the Canaanites
Why did Israel attempt to clear the Canaanites from the promised land?
January 18, 2018
Reviewing “The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest”
Although John Walton never shies from controversial topics, his recent book is bold, even by...
January 10, 2018
Seek Justice…Even When the Church Loses Face : Reflections on Christians’ Response to Andy Savage
Few things are as tragic and ironic as the church’s response to Andy Savage’s sexual...
November 29, 2017
What Assumptions Marginalize Women in Ministry?
Women missionaries often feel marginalized. They are theologically equal but strategically separate in many circles.
September 20, 2017
Identifying God’s Enemies and Ours
Why does the Bible say we are “God’s enemies”? The reason is less obvious as...
September 06, 2017
Assessing Theology from a Historical Perspective
Ask 3 theologians their opinion on a doctrine and you'll likely get 4 answers. Theology...
August 30, 2017
How to Assess Theological Arguments
As my students and I debated during a Systematic Theology I course, it realized how...
July 18, 2017
Does God Love Black People More Than the Church?
I understand the desire for purity and the stain of association. But the church is...
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...
May 24, 2017
How Metaphors Make Us Moral
“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” Arguably, John...
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 13, 2017
Does the Easter story have authority?
This week, we'll read narratives about Christ's suffering and resurrection. But are we equipped to read...
April 12, 2017
Can Christians eat blood?
An oft debated question among Chinese Christians is this, “Can Christians eat blood?” For some, the...
March 22, 2017
Redefining “the elements of the world”
In a significant book, Leithart suggests a novel interpretation of "the elements." It shifts how...
March 15, 2017
Word studies when you don’t know Hebrew or Greek
If you don't know Greek and Hebrew, how do you do a word study? How...
February 01, 2017
Relating the Biblical Covenants (in 1 picture)
What is a simple way to explain the major biblical themes and covenants? If we...
January 11, 2017
Are you wasting time church planting?
Even Paul knew his labor in planting churches could be a waste of time. If Paul...
January 04, 2017
Behave Badly Like Paul
Few books simultaneously entertain, provoke, challenge and instruct. A recent IVP book by just that....
November 17, 2016
The Gospel of the Kingdom (video)
In light of the recent election, I can think of few videos more fitting to...
November 02, 2016
Must Chinese elders have believing children?
What qualifies a person to be a pastor? Are you aware of a controversial translation...
September 21, 2016
Building the Biblical Story
In order to teach the Bible and share the gospel, we do best to understand...
September 08, 2016
Jewish scholar gets evangelical, rips bad contextualization
Previously, I described the distress I felt at a recent SABS conference. No doubt, hearing...
August 31, 2016
Honor and Shame in the Bible (intro video)
Here's the 4th installment in my ongoing video series. This training video explains various ways...
August 03, 2016
What the Gospels Teach about Contextualization
The Bible not only gives us our message; it should shape our methods. In One...
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