June 21, 2022

The previous posts explained the differences between bounded-set churches, fuzzy-set churches, and center-set churches. Reviewing Mark Baker’s Centered-Set Church: Discipleship and Community without Judgmentalism, the second post sketched why these three concepts of the church matter practically. Today, we look at how shame and status dynamics play out within these paradigms. I’ll especially contrast bounded- and centered-set churches.   It’s not that fuzzy churches are immune to such concerns, but rather the most relevant implications are more easily seenby comparing... Read more

June 14, 2022

Mark Baker’s Centered-Set Church is a long-needed resource for Christians who want to reevaluate fundamentally how churches exist. Read more

June 7, 2022

People use three paradigms to define and describe churches. One can intuitively see that the model has significant and practical implications. Read more

May 31, 2022

When I wrote the post explaining why I left the SBC and IMB, I intended to leave it there. But then the president of the IMB called my boss. Read more

May 24, 2022

While people debate 1 Corinthians 11, all agree that honor and shame play a critical role in its interpretation. Peppiatt says the key is recognizing Paul's rhetorical strategy when defending the status of women. Read more

May 17, 2022

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul doesn't rebuke the women. He seeks to protect their honor by allowing them to wear veils that cover their hair. Read more

May 10, 2022

Missions is always a cooperative partnership. Which means the solution to dependency isn’t independence. It’s interdependence. Read more

May 3, 2022

Paul is worried about the quality of his ministry. This concern trumps the modern fixation among missionaries for rapidity and numbers. Read more

April 26, 2022

But Elliot Clark reminds us of a fundamental motive that underlies all of Paul’s work yet routinely gets overlooked. Any idea what it is? Read more

April 19, 2022

How do you explain to a non-believer regarding the restoring honor through shame who went through such shame or a bad past in his/her life? Read more


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