Saving God’s Face: A Chinese Contextualization of Salvation through Honor and Shame. WCIUP, 2013.

For reviews of Saving God’s Face, click here.

For the Chinese version (挽回神的脸), click here.

One Gospel for All Nations: A Practical Approach to Biblical Contextualization. William Carey Library, 2015.

For reviews of the One Gospel for All Nations, click here.

Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes: Honor and Shame in Paul’s Message and Mission. IVP, June 2019.

Seeking God’s Face: Practical Reflection on Honor and Shame in Scripture. Lucid Books, 2022.

The Cross in Context: Reconsidering Biblical Metaphors of Atonement. IVP, 2022.

  • 2022 Finalist for IVP Reader’s Choice Award (Biblical Studies and Theology)



“Authority in a Collectivistic Church: Identifying Crucial Concerns for a Chinese Ecclesiology.” Global Missiology 1, no. 9 (October 2011).


We Compromise the Gospel When We Settle For Truth––How “Right” Interpretations Lead to “Wrong” Contextualization.” Global Missiology, Vol 2, No. 10 (Jan 2013).

“Contextualizing the One Gospel in Any Culture: A Model from the Biblical Text for a Global Context.” Global Missiology, Vol 3, No. 10 (April 2013).

“Biblical Theology from a Chinese Perspective: Interpreting Scripture through the Lens of Honor and Shame.” Global Missiology, Vol 4, No. 10 (July 2013).

“The Gospel with Chinese Characteristics: A Concrete Example of Cultural Contextualization. Global Missiology, Vol 1, No. 11 (Oct 2013).

“The Doctrine of Scripture and Biblical Contextualization.” Themelios. Vol 44, no. 2 (2019): 312-326.


“Paul Writes to the Greek First and also to the Jew: The Missiological Significance of Understanding Paul’s Purpose in Romans. The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Vol 56, no. 4 (Dec 2013).

“Why is God Justified in Romans?: Vindicating Paul’s Use of Psalm 51:4 in Romans 3:4.” Neotestamentica. December 2017.

Honor & Shame

“How Jesus Saves God’s Face…and Ours: A Soteriology of Honor and Shame.” Missiology, Vol 44, no. 4 (Oct 2016).

“The Church Has Lost ‘Face’: Examining Our Blind Spot about Honor and Shame.” Mission Frontiers. Jan-Feb 2015.

“Theological Education in Honor-Shame Cultures: Why Worldview Matters for Oral Learners.” Orality Journal. September 2014.

“Rewriting the Gospel for Oral Cultures: Why Honor-Shame are Essential to the Gospel Story.” in Beyond Literate Western Contexts: Honor & Shame and the Assessment of Orality Preference. Samuel Chiang and Grant Lovejoy, eds. ION and Capstone Enterprises, Hong Kong. April 2015.

“Have Theologians No Sense of Shame?: How the Bible Reconciles Objective and Subjective Shame.” Themelios. August 2018.

“From One Honor-Shame Culture to Another: A Proposal for Training Chinese Missionaries to Serve in Muslim Contexts.” Missio Dei Journal. October 2020.

“Saving Us from Me: Cultivating Honor and Shame in a Collectivistic Church.” in Honor, Shame, and the Gospel. Edited by Chris Flanders and Werner Mischke. Pasadena, Calif.; WCL, 2020.

“Defending Shame from Individualism” Book Symposia. Dec 2022.


“How Would Jesus Tell It?: Crafting Stories for Honor-Shame Cultures.” EMQ, Jan 2015.

Response to “Has the Use of Orality Been Taken Too Far?” EMQ, April 2016.

“Biblical Theology for Oral Cultures in World Mission in World Mission: Theology, Strategy, and Current Issues. Edited by Scott Callaham and Will Brooks; Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2019.

Missiology (General)

“The Influence of Culture on the Evolution of Mission Methods: Using CPMs as a Case Study.” Global Missiology. Vol 1, No. 12 (Oct 2014).

“There are No Church Planting Movements in the Bible: Why Biblical Exegesis and Missiological Methods Cannot Be Separated.” Global Missiology. Vol 1, No. 12 (Oct 2014).

“Does the “Plan of Salvation” Make Disciples?: Why Honor and Shame are Essential for Christian Ministry.” Asian Missions Advance. (January 2016).

If We Say Chinese Have No Sin, We Deceive Ourselves: A Rejoinder to Hsu’s Contextualising ‘Sin’ in Chinese Culture.” Studies in World Christianity Issue 23:1 (April 2017).


“What is ‘Chinese’ Theology: Honor and Shame in Chinese Spirituality” in Bamboo in Mist: An Exploratory Understanding of Chinese Spirituality. August 2020.

“Political Riptides Rip Us Apart.” Christianity Today. October 2020. (Co-authored with Jim Mullins)

“How Nature Nurtures a Heart of Worship.” Kirby Laing Centre’s The Big Picture Magazine, Issue 6. Spring 2023

Dictionary Entries

“Honor and Shame in Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South. Edited by Mark Lamport. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2018).

“Fear and Power in Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South. Edited by Mark Lamport. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2018).

“罪疚和羞耻” in The Chinese Bible Commentary (CBC). Langham Foundation, Forthcoming in 2025.


Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible.” E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien. EMQ, Vol 29, no. 2 (July 2013), 372–76.

“First the Kingdom of God: Global Voices on Global Mission.” Edited by Daniel K. Darko and Beth Snodderly. Themelios. Vol 39, no. 2 (July 2014), 394–95.

“Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up.” Simon Chan. Themelios, Vol. 39, no. 3 (Dec 2014), 613–15.

The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2–3 and the Human Origins Debate.” John Walton. Missiology 43:2 (April 2015): 230–31.

BibleWorks 9. Global Missiology. July 2015.

“Glory in Romans and the Unified Purpose of God in Redemptive History.” Donald Berry. Themelios, Vol. 41, no. 3 (Dec 2016).

“Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures: Biblical Foundations and Practical Essentials.” Jayson Georges and Mark Baker. Themelios, Vol. 41, no. 3 (Dec 2016).

“Becoming Native to Win the Natives: Cross-Culturally Becoming All Things to All Men.” Tabor Laughlin. Journal of Global Christianity 3:1. Feb 2017.

“Endangered Gospel.” John Nugent. Themelios. Vol 42, no. 2. August 2017.

“Issues in Contextualization.” (2nd edition) Charles Kraft. Themelios. Vol. 43, no. 1. April 2018.

“Outsider Designations.” Paul Treblicot. Themelios. Vol. 43, no. 3. December 2018.

“Defending Shame.” Te-Li Lau. Themelios. Vol. 45, no. 2. August 2020.

“Good White Racist” Kerry Connelly. Themelios. Vol. 45, no.3. December 2020.

“Defending Shame.” Te-Li Lau. Catholic Biblical Quarterly. April 2021.

“Defending Shame.” Te-Li Lau. Review of Biblical Literature. March 2021.

“Paul and the Ancient Celebrity Circuit: The Cross and Moral Transformation.” James Harrison. Themelios. August 2021.

“Women in the Mission of the Church.” Leanne Dzubinski and Anneke Stasson. JETS. Forthcoming.

“Family Relations in the Gospel of Mark.” Narry Santos. JETS 64, no. 4, December 2021.

“No Shortcut to Success” Matt Rhodes. Global Missiology. April 2022.


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