Jackson Wu

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What The Greatest Showman teaches us about shame

I watched The Greatest Showman twice in one week. It is one of the most extraordinary movies I’ve seen in a while (though Wonder deserves mention as …

Recent ChinaSource Quarterly focuses on contextualization in China

This most recent issue of ChinaSource Quarterly is dedicated to the topic of contextualization. I had the privilege to be the guest editor for this …

What a former slave can teach us about judging others

I recently read the memoir Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, published in 1853 by a man kidnapped from the North and forced into …

Black History

A review of Honor Restored (Cru’s new evangelism tract)

Cru recently released an evangelism tract called “Honor Restored.” This new tool offers people an alternative to The Four Spiritual Laws. For people …

Honor and Shameful Retribution in Ancient and Biblical Laws

The principle of lex talionis [“eye for eye, tooth for tooth”] is deeply etched on what remains of the Western conscience. Because people do not know …

Jesus

Won’t this cause you to lose face?

I noticed a man sitting on the sidewalk begging for money. I asked him to lunch. He agreed, but then he asked, “Won’t this cause you to lose face?”

Two Advantages of Storying in Honor-Shame Cultures

Today’s post comes from guest blogger Christine Dillon, a church planter in Taiwan with OMF International. Christine has written Telling the Gospel …

Communicate

Grace, Gift-giving, and Guanxi in Chinese Culture

Recently, a student generously gave me brewed coffee, to which I said thank you. On cue, he replied “应该的” (i.e. I ought to do it). We were studying …

Relationships

Interview with Christine Dillon (Part 1)

Today, I interview Christine Dillon, a church planter in Taiwan with OMF International. We talk about storying in relationship to contextualization …

Can We Escape the Hermeneutical Spiral?

Over at Reformed Margins, Andrew Ong has posted a generous and constructive review of my book One Gospel for All Nations. Reading reviews of your own …

Theology

Interview with Christine Dillon (Part 2)

This the second half of my interview with Christine Dillon, a church planter in Taiwan with OMF International. We talk about storying in relation to …

Define “worship”, not “god”

Justin Taylor probably has the most helpful post I’ve seen yet about the Wheaton controversy and whether Christians and Muslims worship the same god. …

Saved By Grace? Which Kind?

The following few posts typify what I hope this blog will accomplish. I want us to be doing theology while thinking mission. Sadly, there is a large …

Theology

Beware of Ministry Fragilistas

When it comes to leadership in ministry (particularly among missionaries), one sees a few types of leaders. On the one hand, you have the strategist …

Public Policy

Why Give Grace? Glory.

In the ancient Roman-Greek and Jewish world, why did people give gifts (grace, χαρις)? And how might this insight help us understand the Bible …

Theology

Grace Honors the Unworthy (by John Barclay)

On honorshame.com, John Barclay recently wrote an excellent summary about the relationship between honor-shame and grace. With permission, I have …

Theology

Does the “Plan of Salvation” Make Disciples?

Thanks to Asian Missions Advance, who have published my latest article in its Jan 2016 issue: Does the “Plan of Salvation” Make Disciples?: Why Honor …

Faith

The Difference Between Worth and Wages

In Romans and Galatians, Paul does not correct views about the merit of one’s works as much as he challenges the measure of one’s worth. This …

Theology

Responding to Grace in Romans

Some people have concerns about the content of my previous post. Building on John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift, I explained that reciprocity is …

Theology

Doing Missions by Darwinian Evolution

If certain missionary methods have no biblical precedent, then why do they multiply so rapidly? Pragmatism is proficient in spreading its DNA. We …

Biology

10 Characteristics of an “Individualistic Gospel”

What is an “individualistic gospel”? It’s common to hear people criticize evangelistic presentations as “individualistic.” However, that is a rather …

Confusing Law, Commands and Absolutes

Whenever people express concern to me about honor and shame, they inevitably reemphasize the importance of law. They are nervous that honor-shame …

Law

“The Shame Culture” by David Brooks

David Brooks from the NY Times has written a clear and concise piece about how America is morphing more into of a “shame culture.” He draws a lot …

Social Media

3 Types of Missionary Perspectives

Among missionaries, there are at least three common ministry perspectives. Each perspective has a different focus. Every one of these viewpoints has …

College & University

Nick Peters’ Review of “One Gospel for All Nations”

Thank you to Nick Peters who has written a kind review of One Gospel for All Nations. Nick runs Deeper Waters, an excellent podcast that interviews a …

Archives

Four Reasons We Need Contextualization

Hundreds of books and articles talk about contextualization. Nearly every one of them focuses on two questions: What is contextualization? and How do …

Theology