January 25, 2022

How do status games practically affect our lives? Will Storr offers an array of answers. This post will highlight only a few. Read more

January 18, 2022

Seeking status occurs among individuals; yet, status competitions also arise within communities and between communities Read more

January 11, 2022

A new book just became my favorite book on the topic of honor and shame. I finished it quickly, then immediately began rereading it. Read more

January 4, 2022

Have you ever wondered whether John wrote his Gospel as a way of defending Jesus’ honor? Elements of Maori culture might offer an answer. Read more

December 28, 2021

Many of you have read and love Werner Mischke’s The Global Gospel. His book is now available in Chinese (traditional characters)!! Read more

December 20, 2021

The meaning of words, like deconstruction, always depends on context. Ignoring this inconvenient truth leads to several problems. Read more

December 14, 2021

End of year lists are fun. Oddly, I’ve never done one. So, here you go. The following are the top posts from 2021 (thus far). With each one, I leave a comment to let you know what the post is about or why it matters. Read more

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

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