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September 26, 2018
How Cognitive Biases Produce Theological Syncretism
Two things usually escape our notice: cognitive biases and theological syncretism. This is not surprising....
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 01, 2018
Effectiveness does not define contextualization
Over at Radius International, Sam Trumball rightly observes how people incorrectly define contextualization. Trumball begins...
February 08, 2018
Why Jen Hatmaker Gets Contextualization Wrong
Sadly, people like Jen Hatmaker give us poor examples of contextualization. She cast aside nearly...
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 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 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...
June 14, 2017
Reinterpreting Contextualization (Session 1 Training Video)
In the coming weeks, I will release 4 full length training videos. The audio comes...
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....
January 17, 2017
Contextualizing Christmas in China
If you are interested in contextualization in China, you might want to check out Ruth...
November 09, 2016
Do We Foster Humility and Hutzpah?
Previously, I claimed that good contextualization requires two things: humility and hutzpah. In this post,...
September 14, 2016
Humility and Hutzpah: Two Characteristics of Biblical Contextualization
Contextualization requires character more than competence. Too few people talk about this. As a result,...
August 23, 2016
The Yin-Yang of Contextualization
The male students in my class agreed, “The Bible says that men are more important...
July 07, 2016
“There is no God without me.” I’m disappointed.
Disappointed. That’s how I felt recently after attending a meeting for the Society of Asian...
June 15, 2016
Contextualizing One Gospel (Training Video)
Here is the second in a series short training videos. Last time, I gave a...
May 18, 2016
Explaining Contextualization (a short video)
In the coming weeks and months, I'll post a series of short videos explaining key...
April 14, 2016
Learning Contextualization with “Uptown Funk”
Here's a fun demonstration of contextualization. 1 song. 66 different dances. Each fits its context....
March 30, 2016
Four Reasons We Need Contextualization
Hundreds of books and articles talk about contextualization. Nearly every one of them focuses on...
January 05, 2016
Interview with Christine Dillon (Part 1)
Today, I interview Christine Dillon, a church planter in Taiwan with OMF International. We talk...
September 10, 2015
What Magic Teaches Us About Contextualization
This video is so beautifully relevant for understanding what it takes to do contextualization. This...
November 11, 2014
How NOT to Contextualize the Gospel for Animists?
How might a more biblical (rather than philosophical) view of monotheism shape evangelism among animists?What do...
August 13, 2013
What Vanilla Ice Teaches Us About Contextualization
There is an entire generation of people who can sing nearly every lyric of...
May 24, 2013
How Do Evangelicals Define "Contextualization"?
How do we define contextualization? Judging from the books and articles I've read on the...
May 23, 2013
What is "contextualization"? It is one of the most popular buzz words in evangelicalism today....
May 13, 2013
The Dangers of Being an Evangelical Missiologist
I once had a good friend jokingly say, "I can't tell if you are a...
May 08, 2013
The Personal History behind "Saving God's Face"
What is the personal history behind my book, Saving God's Face? Why did I write...
February 01, 2013
Reply to Questions about Compromising the Gospel by Settling for Truth
This is second post where I answer a reader's questions about my latest article, "We...
January 30, 2013
Questions About What Happens When We Compromise the Gospel by Settling for Truth
As I announced previously, my newest article was published in Global Missiology. Someone read it...
January 21, 2013
Two Kinds of Contextualization and Why They Matter (Part 3––A Matrix for Seeing the World)
This is Part 3 in a series that aims to help people understand contextualization. Contextualization...
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