(Mis)understanding Honor, Shame, or Face? (Part 1)

I quickly found out when writing my dissertation that Westerners have very little grasp for concepts like honor, shame, and face. Today, I begin to address this problem. Future posts will hopefully shed a little better light in the matter. Westerner really don’t “get” honor and shame. This is really unfortunate for multiple reasons. 1. These are human ideas, not merely eastern or medieval notions. 2. The Bible is saturated with honor-shame language. To understand so much of Scripture, one… Read more

The Chinese Way––Contextualizing the Gospel for the Chinese (book review)

Read a new book recently and posted my thoughts on it under book reviews. I’ve included below some of what I say in my review: “The Chinese Way––Contextualizing the Gospel for the Chinese is based on a Master of Theology dissertation written by Tan Hann Tzuu, a researcher and the Director of the Malaysia Baptist Centre for Christianity and Malaysia Studies. At present, The Chinese Way is only available as an eBook from Amazon. This short, easy to read book… Read more

Context is King

“Context is King” is should be the first thing Christians learn as soon as they start reading the Bible. My family and friends can recite this adage in their sleep because they hear me say it all the time. Unfortunately, I have found I shouldn’t expect even seminarians to grasp the significance of this majestic phrase. “Surely you exaggerate,” you might say, “what is all that significant about a simple little three word phrase?” Let me first explain what the… Read more

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