Honor and Shame

If you could snap our fingers to eradicate shame from the world, would you do it? Would it be a better place? This is not as easy and straight-forward a question to answer as you might think. Consider the ways that honor and shame influence our moral decision. I recently gave a talk at Redemption…

Back in October, I published an article in Mission Dei Journal. I’m just not getting an opportunity to let you know about it. The title of the article is “From One Honor-Shame Culture to Another: A Proposal for Training Chinese Missionaries to Serve in Muslim Contexts.” This was probably the most challenging article/book chapter I’ve ever…

All too often we speak of the incarnation as the action by which God sets his glory aside to embrace the shame that is the muck and dross of this world. No doubt, there’s some truth to that sentiment, though like many other things, there is something true in every half-truth.

Exploring the Gospel’s Cultural Context Personally and Around the Globe As the Coordinator of Strategic Projects in Asia for Mission ONE, my job is to work with our indigenous partners on strategic projects they are pursuing to make their communities a little more like the kingdom of God. Little did I know how transformative this…

The Problem of White Shame How does “white shame” factor into discussions about racism in America? What one means by the term “white shame” may vary, but I will focus on something particular. I do not indicate the idea that whites are ashamed of being white. Rather, by “white shame,” I refer to the shame…

“I sacrificed more by leaving the mission field.”  When my friend recently made this statement, I not only knew she was right; I recognized how few people realized the cost missionaries pay when returning to their home country. Far fewer churches and mission organizations talk about it. First of all, what does she mean? How…

How can women around the globe, especially the most marginalized and vulnerable, challenge patriarchal thinking? By “patriarchy,” I refer to a system of rules, customs, and assumptions that preserve or prioritize the rights and power of men over those of women. One key component to combat patriarchy within society and the church is first understanding…

SIX WAYS THE BIBLE UNDERMINES RACISM: (#3) THE SURPASSING WORTH OF KNOWING CHRIST JESUS MY LORD This is my third post in this series. I am addressing how the gospel of Christ offers a cure to the pathologies of racism and tribalism. #1: All Gentiles are born “strangers and aliens” #2: The atonement kills hostility between peoples…

Six ways the Bible undermines racism: (#2) The atonement kills hostility between peoples This is my second post in a series on how the gospel of Christ offers a cure to the pathologies of racism and tribalism. My first post in the series, “All Gentiles are born ‘strangers and aliens’”, is here. A small part of this second…

Six ways the Bible undermines racism: #1 All Gentiles are born “strangers and aliens” With this post I begin a series on how the gospel of Christ offers a cure to the pathologies of racism and tribalism. This blog post is adapted from my forthcoming article in Missio Dei Journal: “An Honor-Bearing Gospel for Shame-Fueled…

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