December 13, 2018

The South China Morning Post uploaded a series of phone videos capturing the scene of police during church crackdown For more information, check out: My Take on Wang Yi’s Letter Concerning Civil Disobedience in China Part 2 of Pastor Wang Yi’s Open Letter Released after His Arrest Read more

December 13, 2018

This is the second article where I post Pastor Wang Yi’s open letter with my commentary. As I detail in the first post, Pastor Wang and around a 100 others were have gone missing after being arrested by police in Chengdu, China. Read more

December 12, 2018

Pastor Wang knew this day was coming. He wrote a letter to be released in case he was ever detained for more than 48 hours. In this post, I’ll include the English translation of Wang’s letter with running commentary. Read more

December 11, 2018

Everyone but the All Nations missions organization seems to agree that John Chau was not prepared for his trip to the North Sentinelese people. Most writers do not give a lot of specifics, though Ed Stetzer and others stress that Chau at least should have gone with a team. In this post, we will look at how the church views missionary training and then offer a few specific suggestions I’d have given Chau and All Nations. The most undertrained people… Read more

December 6, 2018

People associated with The Gospel Coalition (TGC) tend to emphasize “guilt” over honor and shame. More than a few writers seem wary of stressing honor-shame for fear of minimizing the importance of guilt. So, I was surprised and delighted to see D. A. Carson’s comments about shame in this month’s issue of Themelios. Read more

December 4, 2018

Sadly, missionary John Chau’s death to the North Sentinelese people will set back the effort to mobilize missionaries. That’s not entirely John Chau’s fault. It’s one natural consequence of “outcome bias.” Outcome Bias is a Plague among Missionaries Everyone who hears about John Chau’s fateful trip to North Sentinel Island has an opinion. The range of reactions is predictable. Rather than ascribe praise or blame to Chau’s efforts, let’s consider what we can learn and identify potential confusion that surrounds… Read more

November 28, 2018

At the Patronage Symposium in October, some of the participants discussed the meaning of pistis (i.e., faith) and its relationship to patronage, reciprocity, etc. This subject has several layers to it. In the process, I had what felt like an epiphany, a possible breakthrough about a highly debated issue. Read more

November 19, 2018

In the first post, I gave an overview of reciprocity in China. We then considered why the practice of reciprocity differs across cultures. These two posts highlight key ideas from my recent talk given at the Patronage Symposium. The video is available here. Click here for the PDF. We tend to classify Western cultures as “individualistic” and most non-Western cultures as “collectivistic.” In reality, even so-called “individualistic” (sub)cultures have “collectivist” tendencies. Why? Because humans are social beings. All people simultaneously… Read more

November 13, 2018

I’ve said before that patronage might be the most misunderstood and overlooked aspect of traditional cultures. This is why I’m thrilled that the talks from the recent Patronage Symposium in Beirut have now been released. Accordingly, for the next few posts will make up a mini-series touching on various aspects of the topic. Today’s post gives an overview of the talk I gave at the Patronage Symposium. FYI–– a video of my talk is now available on YouTube! It is… Read more

November 7, 2018

For some reason, few people seriously consider how honor and shame influence the biblical doctrine of atonement. Most scholarly writings are cursory theological treatments, not rigorous exegetical treatments. Fortunately, the tide is slowly changing. Read more

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