December 7, 2020

Joann Pittman, from China Source, recently wrote an excellent article analyzing China’s new regulations concerning the religious activities of foreigners. (For an English translation, click here.) Before Joann wrote the article, she solicited reflections from me, Brent Fulton, and others. I have not developed my thoughts as articulately as Joann, but, nevertheless, perhaps some people might find my fuller response to be helpful as they form their own perspective on the matter. China’s Regulations are Both New and Old The… Read more

December 1, 2020

In this post, I want to argue that we have mislabeled ” fear-power cultures.” Instead, we should call them “fear-peace” cultures. Read more

November 24, 2020

Mentoring is a major aspect of ministry and missionary labor. In Christian parlance, people often refer to mentoring as “disciplining” someone. For those who work cross-culturally, the fact that mentoring is a part of one’s ministry is so obvious and needed that we might tend to overlook certain complicating factors involved with mentoring across cultures. Read more

November 19, 2020

Improving people’s economic status does not undermine tribalism. In fact, our goal is not to eradicate “tribes” (i.e., groups of belonging). We do well to have proper expectations and keep in mind what actually is the problem and what is not. Read more

November 17, 2020

In 2016, the first Honor and Shame Conference was held in Wheaton. It brought together leading voices in the theology and missions world to deepen the honor-shame conversation. Some of those voices have now joined together as contributors to a new book! It’s called Honor, Shame, and the Gospel: Reframing Our Message and Ministry, edited by Christopher Flanders and Werner Mischke. Here is a list of the contributors: Steven C. Hawthorne Jayson Georges Tom Steffen Jackson Wu Randolph Richards Mako… Read more

November 10, 2020

Looking at the table of contents, I scratched my head trying to imagine how McCaulley would use Scripture to address topics such as policing, black identity, and black rage. I could only hope his methodology would be more exegetically rigorous than many authors of black liberation theology. He did not disappoint. I was humbled and in awe of the ways that McCaulley analyzed several texts. Read more

November 3, 2020

Prior to the release of Esau McCaulley’s Reading While Black, I had mixed feelings about reading the book, which had received a lot of press leading up to its publication. I’m so glad I came to my senses. in this post, I explore how Reading While Black can be seen as an exercise in contextualization. Read more

November 2, 2020

The recent Missio Dei Journal has dedicated an entire issue to the issue of honor and shame! It’s loaded with great content. I was honored to be asked to contribute an article myself. It was probably the most challenging article I’ve ever written because the topic is so broad and important yet nothing had been written on it specifically. Read more

October 28, 2020

I challenged the presenters, “Where in the Bible are we commanded to plant churches?” The simple and obvious response was, “it is not commanded.” But if Paul didn’t church plant, then he must have made disciples. Making disciples is the mandate while church planting is a result. Read more

October 26, 2020

One of the book’s authors, Randy Richards, has written another one and it’s fantastic. I’m actually one of the endorsers. For that reason, I can’t write a formal review of the book in an academic journal, but I can let you know about it here! Read more

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