April 17, 2019

The vindication of God’s glory through Christ has significant implications for Christ’s followers. In this post, I briefly explore four ways that believers are called to glorify God through Christ in Paul’s narrative. Read more

April 11, 2019

Contextualization involves more than sound theological doctrine or effective ministry strategies. One area of contextualization that is rarely discussed is songwriting. This is one reason publication of a new article on the subject is especially significant. (By the way, the article is likely the first of its kind.) Read more

April 10, 2019

One of the main themes, if not the primary motif in biblical theology, is the glory of God. In the following, I briefly highlight the narrative structure of glory as seen through Paul’s eyes. Read more

April 3, 2019

You’ve heard that China is creating a social credit system. This is the system where the Chinese government ranks people based on whether they conform to dictated social norms. In this video, Antonio Hmaidi, a Ph.D. candidate in East Asian Economics discusses the impact what Chinese social credit system and its potential influence on China. Unlike many overviews we find on the web, she provides detailed background and analysis. She points out that over 70 pilot programs are currently running,… Read more

April 2, 2019

Have you seen the most recent issue of China Source Quarterly (CSQ)? I think you’ll like what you find. For those who don’t know, CSQ is a journal that covers various happenings in China. The March issue provides a survey of CSQ’s most popular issues and articles. Read more

March 27, 2019

Part 1 examined ways that missionaries sometimes misapply or misinterpret the Bible when talking about mission practice. Perhaps they want to find biblical support for “best practices.” In this post, we’ll look observe other ways that good missionaries can get the Bible wrong. Read more

March 20, 2019

Last year, I suggested that China’s 5-year plan to Sinicize Christianity is political, not biblical. It is syncretism, not contextualization. A year later, we can speak with even more clarity: “Sinicized Christianity” is not Christianity. Why would I say this? Read more

March 13, 2019

Someone advised me not to write this article. But silence is exactly why we have so many poorly written mission books. Missionaries are hesitant to disagree in print. And so, we stifle dialogue. Nevertheless, we must engage one another about the ways the Bible influences our mission methods. Read more

March 6, 2019

For so long, Christians have tried to conjure a guilty conscience in the minds of those who hear the gospel. Until recently, few people typically spoke of shame and evangelism in the same sentence. This is unfortunate because shame is a far bigger obstacle to people coming to saving faith than are guilt-feelings. In this post, I explain three reasons that shame fosters inaction and hinders people from changing in their lives. Why Shame Kills Change Fear Shame concerns a… Read more

February 27, 2019

Chris Flanders gave a game-changing presentation on the role of guilt and shame in evangelism at the 2018 conference of the Evangelical Missiological Society. Here’s why. According to Christian “common sense,” successful evangelism must satisfy an important requirement. It must evoke a sense of guilt in the minds of hearers. This message abounds in missionary literature, which emphasizes the importance of guilt through the study called “elenctics.” Are we guilty of defining “elenctics” wrong? This strange sounding word stems from… Read more

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