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November 29, 2017
What Assumptions Marginalize Women in Ministry?
Women missionaries often feel marginalized. They are theologically equal but strategically separate in many circles.
April 13, 2017
Does the Easter story have authority?
This week, we'll read narratives about Christ's suffering and resurrection. But are we equipped to read...
January 11, 2017
Are you wasting time church planting?
Even Paul knew his labor in planting churches could be a waste of time. If Paul...
June 08, 2016
How Empathy Helps Contextualization
At its best, contextualization requires us to intentionally interpret the Bible with empathy. (For my...
January 06, 2016
Can We Escape the Hermeneutical Spiral?
Over at Reformed Margins, Andrew Ong has posted a generous and constructive review of my...
March 13, 2014
Absolute Truth and Its Relative Shades of Significance
Over at Brainpickings, Maria Popova has put up a nice illustration (drawing from Josef Albers)....
February 25, 2014
Keeping a Simple Perspective on Biblical Interpretation
In a few words, I want to offer some final thoughts about biblical interpretation. A...
February 17, 2014
Five Ways Not to Teach Biblical Interpretation (Part 2)
In a previous post, I list three ways not to interpret the Bible. Today, I'll...
February 13, 2014
Five Ways Not to Teach Biblical Interpretation
In order to interpret the Bible well, we need to know both what we should...
February 06, 2014
Why We Need Metaphors, Character, and Common Sense
God reveals himself in metaphors. So why do we tend to read past them?隐喻 (yǐn...
January 30, 2014
What to do if they don't know Greek or Hebrew
What should we do when Chinese believers don't know Greek or Hebrew? In the last...
January 22, 2014
What is the "Context" of Scripture?
Studying context is the single most important step in the interpretation process. If so, we...
January 16, 2014
When You Only Have a Bible: Explain It (Step 5)
What do we do after we’ve restated a text, given our impressions, examined the context,...
January 07, 2014
When You Only Have a Bible: Context and Questions (Steps 3 and 4)
Previously, I introduced a method of interpretation that anyone could use, even when the only...
December 31, 2013
Interpreting Scripture When You Only Have a Bible (Steps 1 and 2)
Practically speaking, how do we interpret the Bible when we only have the Bible? This...
December 17, 2013
"What does the text mean?" and other unhelpful questions
If we want to find the meaning of a biblical text, what things are not...
December 10, 2013
How Do We Interpret the Bible? (a new series)
How do we interpret the Bible when we only have the Bible? This means...no commentaries,...
September 12, 2013
Doing Biblical Theology from Outside the Box
Ideally, we can share the biblical story orally and visually. In other words, what people...
August 08, 2013
A Theological Version of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"
When people are not against something but not necessarily "for" it, what do they do?...
May 21, 2013
Does Biblical Infallibility Allow Us to Assume the Gospel?
How do fallible people contextualize God's infallible word? To put it more sharply, does it...
May 09, 2013
God’s Attributes Are Not Unique to Him
In some ways, one might say the one true God is no different from false...
May 02, 2013
Introducing My New Book, Saving God's Face
April 18, 2013
The Old Testament as God’s Contextualization for Oral Peoples
How can oral people groups interpret the Bible when they can't read it? How can...
April 16, 2013
Tell the Whole Story Out of Order Using Layers
In the last post, I made a simple argument. It is very easy––if not common––for...
April 11, 2013
Critiquing Creation to Christ (C2C)
Some people might take issue with my critique of C2C in the last post. Am...
April 09, 2013
Taking the Context out of the Bible?
Taking the Context out of the Bible? We've all heard taking a passage out of...
April 02, 2013
Contextualizing the One Gospel in Any Culture––A Model from the Biblical Text for a Global Context
Trying to figure out how to contextualize the gospel? Practically speaking, how do we assess...
March 14, 2013
Seeking Lasting Reproducibility by Interpreting Scripture with Humility
Biblically speaking, how should we understand "reproducibility?" Or, stated in another way, what is it...
March 12, 2013
The Negative Consequences of Emphasizing "Reproducibility" in Missions
As I said in a previous post, a number of influences lie behind much of...
February 12, 2013
The New Covenant in a Chinese Context (Part 2): New Hearts and No Sin
This is part 2 of a series trying to interpret the new covenant from a...
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