July 7, 2020

Individualism is a key value in American white culture. By “individualism,” I don’t merely refer to the idea of individuality or that individuals have value. The latter are Christian notions rooted in God’s creating humanity in his image. The term, as I’m speaking of it, goes further. Read more

July 1, 2020

Great news! Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes has now been recorded as an audiobook! When it’s your own book, you become more sensitive to the little details. In my opinion, the reader’s voice is best at 1.1 speed. For some reason, Tantor Audio made their own cover for the book…. not sure why. I guess IVP doesn’t let others use their own cover designs. I hope you enjoy the book in audio form! Read more

June 30, 2020

“How does honor and shame relate to people with disabilities?” That was the first time someone had asked me that question. And I didn’t have a good answer. I immediately realized how little has been said about the relationship between honor, shame, disability, and mission. Read more

June 24, 2020

Understanding how women reinforce patriarchal thinking is one key component to combat patriarchy within society and the church. This post looks are several contemporary contexts and highlights a creative way that some women have subverted patriarchy and conventional custom. Read more

June 18, 2020

The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society has reviewed Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes. The reviewer does a good job capturing the essence of the book. In terms of his assessment, several paragraphs jumped out to me, including his criticisms. Read more

June 16, 2020

Let’s talk about American privilege,… the elephant not in the room at the moment. In this cultural moment, the focus of conversation is on racism, white privilege, and policing. People rightly lament the injustice that has led to death and resentment. Read more

June 10, 2020

Christians talk about patriarchy far less than those outside the church. The justification for such silence is often rooted in theology. This post focuses on a particular shade of patriarchy. I want to explore an overlooked dynamic that perpetuates many harmful practices linked to patriarchy. Read more

June 2, 2020

Entering the hotel lobby, he headed straight for the elevator. Before the doors opened, the front desk manager called out, “Sir, … um … where are you going?” Read more

May 27, 2020

In the last post, I mentioned Donald Trump’s comment that he considered it is a “badge of honor” that the U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world. I looked at the problem with his appeal to “honor.” Today, I want to highlight a fundamental problem with his logic. Read more

May 25, 2020

Comedians are fretting the possibility of Trump not winning reelection. He gives them so much material to work with. Likewise, Trump has done so much to help people understand how honor and shame manifest in culture. Read more

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