February 9, 2021

When it comes to the question, “Is America a Christian nation?”, people often confuse America’s earliest inhabitants with the government itself. While the analogy isn’t perfect (after all, governments consist of people), a moment of pause will make the point clear. People are not equivalent to a system of government. Read more

February 2, 2021

Looking for videos that could supplement your training for ministry in honor-shame contexts? Thanks to Cru, you now have a new set of videos to choose from based on their tract Honor Restored. Read more

January 26, 2021

In this post, I show how the prophets relate shame and salvation in three distinct ways. Surprising to some, God intends for his people to experience shame after experiencing salvation. To understand my meaning, keep reading. Read more

January 19, 2021

How do the sitcoms and movies we watch affect our views about social position, social rank, and our motivations and fears about losing social status? Read more

January 12, 2021

The Imago Dei concerns both our bodies and our relationships with others, regardless of gender, so says Rachel Joy Welcher. In Talking Back to Purity Culture, she does a masterful job investigating all manner of purity culture. Read more

January 5, 2021

The following six categories signify six ways that theologians and missiologists talk about and do theology for a Chinese context. Although each has defining characteristics, this does not deny overlap and agreement between the approaches. Read more

December 29, 2020

In this post, I want to spotlight a fantastic specifically designed for English speakers who do cross-cultural ministry to Chinese speakers. It is a dictionary of Chinese vocabulary and prayers in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Read more

December 22, 2020

If you can’t read everything (and you can’t), then read book reviews instead. This is a great hack to get familiar with a wide range of resources. This most recent issue of Themelios has several worth noting. Here are some book reviews published in the Mission and Culture section. Read more

December 16, 2020

The narratives surrounding Jesus’ birth make it abundantly apparent that we misjudge what and who deserve honor or shame. As I said in the previous post, the incarnation reveals the true nature of honor and glory. Today, I will highlight just a couple of examples. Joseph’s Honor through Mary’s Shame A good story builds to its climax. But for a first-century reader, Matthew opens with what would seem like a challenge that would be the climactic obstacle in most any… Read more

December 14, 2020

All too often we speak of the incarnation as the action by which God sets his glory aside to embrace the shame that is the muck and dross of this world. No doubt, there’s some truth to that sentiment. However, we also know that, like many other things, there is something true in every half-truth. What can go unnoticed, if we’re not careful, is that the incarnation represents the precise opposite in several extraordinary ways. Yes, the baby Jesus was… Read more

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