August 14, 2019

What’s the relationship between contextualization and an evangelical doctrine of the Bible? A biblical doctrine of Scripture leads to a biblical view of contextualization. While affirming the importance of contextualization, we identify biblical boundaries for contextualization that stem from a right view of the Bible. Read more

August 8, 2019

Last week, I have the privilege and thrill of being interviewed by Jonathan Wright, who leads the New Books in Biblical Studies Podcast. He and I discussed my new book Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes. It now posted online wherever you get your podcasts. Read more

August 7, 2019

“Sinicization” is the name that describes China’s most recent attempts to systematically undermine Christianity in the country. While such nationalism is antithetical to the gospel, we need to ask, “How do we distinguish nationalism from patriotism?” Practically, when does love for country become idolatry? Read more

August 1, 2019

Join us for the 2020 Honor-Shame Conference at Wheaton College! We will explore how honor and shame influence the gospel, the Church, and various other disciplines, including theology, missiology, pastoral ministry, and counseling. Read more

July 31, 2019

This post gives a few miscellaneous updates concerning the government’s efforts to “sinicize” the Chinese church. I highlight how one pastor responded with godly discernment to official edicts that would compromise their Christian witness. Finally, we consider the need to distinguish patriotism and nationalism. Read more

July 24, 2019

What are a few implications and application of tight and loose cultures? How should this distinction influence contextualization, ministry, leadership development, and the like? Read more

July 17, 2019

How does the distinction between tight and loose cultures affect contextualization, churches, ministry strategy, and the inner workings of a mission organization? This is the first in a series to address this question. Specifically, this post considers the relationship between honor-shame and tight-loose cultures. Read more

July 10, 2019

You’re familiar with shame, guilt, and fear cultures. You know about collectivism and individualism. But have you heard of what social psychologists call tight and loose cultures? Read more

July 3, 2019

The most pressing needs of the Chinese church are theological, missiological, and familial. What does Chinese Christians need most? How might outsiders contribute to the well being of the Chinese church? Read more

June 27, 2019

Want to make someone give you a look of surprise? Simply tell them that honor and shame are prominent themes in Paul’s letter to the Romans. These people might be unwilling to pick up a book like Reading Romans with Easter Eyes: Honor and Shame in Paul’s Message and Mission. That’s one reason I created the infographic below. The graphic gives a quick glimpse into the way Paul uses honor and shame language in his famous letter. Rather than merely… Read more

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