November 19, 2019

We take a risk whenever we talk about culture and other such broad ideas. Everyone recognizes that the word “Western” has distinct connotations from “Eastern.” While exceptions always exist, certain characteristics still mark each culture. When trying to help people understand honor and shame (H&S), it helps to make contrasts and broad characterizations. There’s no faster way to kill a presentation or explanation than to kill it with a thousand qualifications. Generally speaking, people know that exceptions exist. They know… Read more

November 19, 2019

It’s theology conference season! This week begins the annual conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) as well as the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). I will present three papers. I welcome your prayers. If you would like to attend any of my presentations, here is the information you’ll need to know. Read more

November 13, 2019

Sooner or later, someone will ask the question. Whether at a conference of in personal conversation, people eventually want to know the answer. How does honor and shame relate to penal substitutionary atonement (PSA)? Read more

November 6, 2019

If “nations” (ethne) in the Bible does not refer to “people groups,” sociologically-defined, what does this mean for mission strategy? How might our understanding of people groups be applied to the missionary task? Is our contemporary knowledge of “people groups” even useful? Read more

October 28, 2019

For nearly two decades, my heart and mind have squarely been with the Chinese church. And they will continue to be. Due to several recent developments, however, I’ve accepted a new position with an organization that will move me out of East Asia. Read more

October 23, 2019

Mission agencies often base their strategies on Matthew 24:14, hoping to hasten Christ’s return. Yet, this verse is full of ambiguities, raising more questions than answers. How might we need to rethink the role of Matthew 24:14 in our mission thinking? Read more

October 16, 2019

Doesn’t the Bible tell us to go to the nations? Doesn’t “nations” translate the word ethne, from which we get “ethnicity”? Seems pretty straightforward, right? Well, no. The underlying issue to acknowledge is this: ethne in the Bible is not necessarily equivalent to “nations,” as used by contemporary social science. Read more

October 10, 2019

Some people claim that a weakness of the honor-shame movement is “its willingness to adapt the content of the gospel to the target audience.” Today’s post is a response to this common misimpression. Read more

October 8, 2019

This series answers common objections people have to honor and shame as they relate to the gospel and contextualization. In this first part, I’ll comment on the biblical interpretation. Read more

October 2, 2019

Tabor Laughlin’s dissertation explores various factors influencing the cultural adjustment and retention of Chinese missionaries. In this post, I will only highlight what Laughlin calls the “four key conclusions” of his study. Read more

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