October 9, 2020

Today, Christianity Today was kind enough to publish an article I co-wrote with my good friend Jim Mullins, lead pastor at Redemption Tempe. Alongside Michael Goheen, he co-authored The Symphony of Mission, which I previously reviewed on this site. In this article, Jim and I offer a few suggestions for navigating the political riptide of what we call “political denominationalism.” The piece is titled “Political Riptides Rip Us Apart.” In it, we begin by exposing several cultural currents that affect… Read more

October 6, 2020

There is a movement of God in the New Testament. It is not a church planting movement as it is understood today. It was much more significant, and it connected the story of God to the story of people in such a way that it became the single story of God’s relentless pursuit of a relationship with His creation. Read more

September 30, 2020

The idea that the Father commits an honor killing against Jesus revolts most people. Yet, I’ve heard some people suggest that we could explain penal substitution in terms of an honor killing. Why might someone potentially link these ideas? The comparison isn’t helpful. Read more

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

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