December 7, 2021

What implications does “missional theology” have for biblical interpretation? This post spotlights four ways people answer that question. Read more

November 30, 2021

Some of the richest insights when interpreting the Bible come when readers attend to its subtle details. In Outsider Designations and Boundary Construction in the New Testament, Paul Trebilco demonstrates the fruit of such labor. In this book, he turns his attention to how outsider designations assist one’s interpretation of Scripture and shed light on the early Christian movement. Who are “sinners”? The discussion of οἱ ἁμαρτωλοί (“the sinners”) in chapter 6 typifies the insights offered in the book. It… Read more

November 22, 2021

In China, people will simply tell you, “You’re fat,” as a way of showing affection. For them, making such comments (including “You’re too skinny”) expresses their concern for your health. Most Americans can’t “hear” the love. I think something similar goes on in the social media exchanges, as typified by Jonathan Leeman’s recent 9Mark editorial and the flurry of reactions it spurred. For me, this is a painful post to write. My flesh wants to “pick a side” and spout… Read more

November 16, 2021

Last year, Werner Mischke and I teamed up to offer training that addresses honor and shame issues for women from Middle Eastern, Persian, and South Asian backgrounds. In partnership with the Middle East Women’s Leadership Network, we sponsored a contest among participants. We challenged the women to produce media projects that apply what they learn within their ministry context. The linked video below was chosen as the winner! Enjoy and share your thoughts. Here are a few questions to get… Read more

November 9, 2021

We are all stereotypical in some way. Not only do we all fit into a box; we fit into several of them. And guess what–– that’s ok! Read more

November 2, 2021

China is now considering a new law where parents could be punished for their children’s bad behavior. Let’s look at the law’s logic. Read more

October 26, 2021

In this post, we examine possible honor and shame implications of vertical and horizontal individualism and collectivism. Read more

October 19, 2021

Not all individualist cultures are the same; neither are all collective contexts the same. We know that. But what makes them different? Read more

October 12, 2021

Did you know that honor even affects how people respond to Covid? While you might have guessed as much, explaining how is more difficult. Read more

October 5, 2021

Does the Bible clearly present a distinct, normative vision of masculinity and femininity, one that transcends every culture and age? Read more

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