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January 09, 2019
Relating All the Stories within the Grand Biblical Story
Countless models attempt to present the biblical narrative in a coherent way but usually “systematize”...
November 28, 2018
Patronage and Faith in God’s Faithfulness
At the Patronage Symposium in October, some of the participants discussed the meaning of pistis (i.e.,...
November 07, 2018
Did God Shame Jesus? The “Curse” of Gal 3:13 in Light of Honor and Shame
For some reason, few people seriously consider how honor and shame influence the biblical doctrine...
October 03, 2018
A Leading Cause of Atheism? Not Allowing Dialogue and Disagreements
Few people are atheists for intellectual reasons. In a recent article, Lisa Gungor explains her...
September 12, 2018
Adam, Israel, and Union with Christ in Romans
Wendel Sun says “union with Christ” is central to New Testament theology. To make that...
September 05, 2018
Union with Christ creates a new people in Christ
whenever I heard phrases like “union with Christ,” I inwardly rolled my eyes. I thought...
June 14, 2018
ChinaSource looks at denominations in China and its churches
Last week, I wrote a post explaining the structure of many Chinese churches and the...
June 13, 2018
The Message of Genesis 1 in a Single Picture
When Moses taught Genesis 1, he wasn’t thinking to himself, “Hmm. What would Darwin say?”...
June 06, 2018
Polity and Patronage in Chinese Churches
How do Chinese house churches organize themselves? How does Chinese culture influence church structure? What...
May 03, 2018
Clothing the Grand Biblical Story with Honor and Shame
A student working with Muslims wanted to develop a story that takes honor and shame...
April 30, 2018
The subtle syncretism of Andy Stanley against “theological correctness”
It kills me when well-intended pastors like Andy Stanley unwittingly do damage to the church...
April 11, 2018
Honor and Shameful Retribution in Ancient and Biblical Laws
The principle of lex talionis [“eye for eye, tooth for tooth”] is deeply etched on...
March 14, 2018
Is theological education “necessary” for missionaries?
An article recently came to my attention with a very simple claim. J. Brennan, who...
February 14, 2018
Why Is God Justified in Romans?: Vindicating Paul’s Use of Psalm 51 in Romans 3:4
Most people understand God’s righteousness in Rom 3:4 and Ps 51:4 as punitive, referring to...
February 07, 2018
“Holiness, holiness is what I need.” Really?
If you ever sang “Take my Life” in church, you have probably been taught that...
January 31, 2018
Did the Canaanites actually break God’s Law?
Section 3 of The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest is called “The Canaanites are...
January 24, 2018
What the Bible Does Not Say about the Canaanites
Why did Israel attempt to clear the Canaanites from the promised land?
January 18, 2018
Reviewing “The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest”
Although John Walton never shies from controversial topics, his recent book is bold, even by...
January 10, 2018
Seek Justice…Even When the Church Loses Face : Reflections on Christians’ Response to Andy Savage
Few things are as tragic and ironic as the church’s response to Andy Savage’s sexual...
November 29, 2017
What Assumptions Marginalize Women in Ministry?
Women missionaries often feel marginalized. They are theologically equal but strategically separate in many circles.
September 20, 2017
Identifying God’s Enemies and Ours
Why does the Bible say we are “God’s enemies”? The reason is less obvious as...
September 06, 2017
Assessing Theology from a Historical Perspective
Ask 3 theologians their opinion on a doctrine and you'll likely get 4 answers. Theology...
August 30, 2017
How to Assess Theological Arguments
As my students and I debated during a Systematic Theology I course, it realized how...
July 18, 2017
Does God Love Black People More Than the Church?
I understand the desire for purity and the stain of association. But the church is...
July 05, 2017
Saving Us from Me: Cultivating Honor and Shame in a Collectivist Church
Today, I'm releasing my recent conference talk "Saving Us from Me: Cultivating Honor and Shame...
June 27, 2017
The Bible Tells a Dystopian Story
Dystopian stories contextualize the anxieties of Western culture. If so, how might the Bible address...
May 24, 2017
How Metaphors Make Us Moral
“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” Arguably, John...
May 10, 2017
How do we “embody” theology?
John Sanders says all theology is embodied. On the surface, this doesn't seem noteworthy. People...
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...
April 12, 2017
Can Christians eat blood?
An oft debated question among Chinese Christians is this, “Can Christians eat blood?” For some, the...
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