October 21, 2020

Is it true that colorblindness is not the goal of these writers? Depends. They do not reject colorblindness as if they want their children to be judged by their skin color. Quite the opposite. Read more

October 20, 2020

Strachan’s comments come from his sincere ambition to help the church be free from enslaving ideologies that run counter to Scripture. However, as others have also expressed, his words do a disservice to the church. They in fact are counterproductive to the good, fruitful goals that I believe he seeks. Read more

October 19, 2020

Missionaries are not robots. They are not machines that receive the Great Commission as data input in order to spit out converts as proof they are working correctly. Read more

October 14, 2020

For years, I’ve heard people stress the priority of “law” over honor and shame when it comes to biblical Christianity. The human problem, some say, it that we do not obey God’s laws; honor or shame should largely be understood as effects stemming from obedience or disobedience. As with countless errors, the mistake is this sort of thinking consists not in what it affirms (i.e., “law” is an important biblical category) but in what it denies (i.e., that honor/shame is fundamental… Read more

October 12, 2020

I get to teach it internationally, cross-culturally, and through a second language! Of course, this most practical of subjects is Biblical Hebrew. Read more

October 9, 2020

Today, Christianity Today was kind enough to publish an article I co-wrote with my good friend Jim Mullins, lead pastor at Redemption Tempe. Alongside Michael Goheen, he co-authored The Symphony of Mission, which I previously reviewed on this site. In this article, Jim and I offer a few suggestions for navigating the political riptide of what we call “political denominationalism.” The piece is titled “Political Riptides Rip Us Apart.” In it, we begin by exposing several cultural currents that affect… Read more

October 6, 2020

There is a movement of God in the New Testament. It is not a church planting movement as it is understood today. It was much more significant, and it connected the story of God to the story of people in such a way that it became the single story of God’s relentless pursuit of a relationship with His creation. Read more

September 30, 2020

The idea that the Father commits an honor killing against Jesus revolts most people. Yet, I’ve heard some people suggest that we could explain penal substitution in terms of an honor killing. Why might someone potentially link these ideas? The comparison isn’t helpful. Read more

September 23, 2020

Why did the people who murdered Jesus kill him? What was their motive or mindset? There are certainly layers to that answer. In this post, I suggest one particular idea that gets little discussion. From the perspective of the authorities, Jesus’s death functioned very similarly to an honor killing. How so? Read more

September 15, 2020

For the most part, however, Americans have not experienced the pandemic in the same way as people in India and Pakistan. We do well to remember that cultural dynamics impact how people perceive the threat of the virus. Read more




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