September 23, 2020

Why did the people who murdered Jesus kill him? What was their motive or mindset? There are certainly layers to that answer. In this post, I suggest one particular idea that gets little discussion. From the perspective of the authorities, Jesus’s death functioned very similarly to an honor killing. How so? Read more

September 15, 2020

For the most part, however, Americans have not experienced the pandemic in the same way as people in India and Pakistan. We do well to remember that cultural dynamics impact how people perceive the threat of the virus. Read more

September 8, 2020

Terranova may encourage those interested in or involved in Kingdom Movements to evaluate their expectations or ways in which their work can produce healthier and more sustainable results in a variety of contexts around the world. Read more

September 2, 2020

This second post looks at the central question that shapes our introductory book on the topic of oral hermeneutics: Why is it important to know and practice oral hermeneutics in ascertaining and communicating biblical meaning? Read more

August 26, 2020

Have Western exegetes turned an Eastern book into a Western one? Has our fondness for a fixed printed text, capable of being analyzed with precision and exactitude, blinded us to other hermeneutic possibilities? Does God require all people to be able to analyze grammar to interpret Scripture? Does God assume all people can interpret Scripture through oral means? Read more

August 19, 2020

The intentions of “purity culture” were honorable. Its methods, however, brought shame. So, what is a person to do? Where people feel threatened, they attempt to maintain control. This response injects a new poison into the social system. As one group seeks to control others, a cycle of oppression and shame begins. Read more

August 13, 2020

I had the pleasure of speaking with Matthew Bates on the OnScript Podcast. And now, the episode is live and ready for download! Read more

August 12, 2020

What is the relationship between purity and the concepts of honor and shame? Understanding purity language helps us in several ways. For example, we can discern the broader connotation of such imagery in the Bible and in our lives. We can improve our ability to interpret the Bible and contextualize its message. Read more

August 5, 2020

I have heard people say that purity culture preached a “sex prosperity gospel.” The basic message went like this: If you don’t have sex before marriage, you will have wonderful marriages with amazing sex. Naïvely, church youth bought the promises of purity culture. And, sadly, unintended consequences followed. Read more

July 28, 2020

Christianity Today’s article rejects the use of shame to combat racism. The writer says, “Guilt is about action with a clear path to redemption. Shame leaves us stuck in our sin.” One person said to me, “What it says is correct. But articles like this leads people to think that shame is all bad.” Precisely. Read more

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