Stop whatever you’re doing and watch the video below about China’s surveillance! The video was linked to an article titled “China’s CCTV Surveillance Network Took Just 7 Minutes To ‘Capture’ BBC Reporter” A challenge experiment was just conducted in Guiyang, China to see how long it would take to locate and capture a BBC reporter who was mixed in at random with the general population of 3.5 million people. After the police snapped his picture and fed it into the… Read more

What is the most overlooked dynamic of traditional honor-shame cultures? In my opinion, it is anything related to patronage. This is why I’m excited about the upcoming meeting in Beirut (October 2018): The Patronage Symposium: Exploring the Gospel in Patron-Client Contexts In this post, I’ll explain why I think the Patronage Symposium is strategic and timely. I’m grateful to be invited as a participant and would love to meet you there What do we mean by “patronage”? One reason people… Read more

What do we gain when we forsake honorifics? Nothing. We do not gain a sense of unity and equality. What is lost when we accept this new egalitarian norm? Read more

How do Paul’s remarks about women (e.g., 1 Cor 11, 14; 1 Tim 2; Titus 1) apply to the mission field? Women are more than “missionary wives”; they are missionaries! However, a gender divide among missionaries (part 1) exists in part because of subtle assumptions that marginalize women’s roles in ministry (part 2). In short, people use the Bible’s silence to silence women. In this third and final post, we consider a few possible applications. I take a “minimalist” view… Read more

Women missionaries often feel marginalized. They are theologically equal but strategically separate in many circles. Read more

A gender divide has always existed among missionaries. We ought to understand the problem before we can address it. Read more

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

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

We do not honor the Reformers as mere dominoes who catalyzed the Protestant church. Rather, they instilled new DNA into the Church. Read more

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

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