Best of

Not sure where to begin? Here is a collection of ‘best of’ posts from the past!

Understanding and working with Chinese culture

These are posts on aspects of Chinese culture and Chinese Christianity. A good starting point for understanding the worldview of the Chinese.

Pietism in the Chinese church – not like the West!

Pietism in the Chinese church – anthropology and revelation

Pietism in the Chinese church – dying and being broken

Pietism in the Chinese church – things to watch for

Pietism in the Chinese church – and Eastern asceticism

Pietism in the Chinese church – the dangers of pietism

Pietism in the Chinese church – how to respond!

Face in Chinese culture: what it is and how it works

Face in Chinese culture: what face reveals

Face in Chinese culture: the idolatry of face

Face in Chinese culture: jealousy for God’s face

Face in Chinese culture: the good face of respectable ones

Face in Chinese culture: just us Chinese?

Face in Chinese culture: what you can do about it!

Confucianism – is it a danger?

Confucianism – the philosophy that won’t go away

Confucianism – what it’s all about

Confucianism – and filial piety

Confucianism – and leadership

Confucianism – and the person

Confucianism – and Chinese Christians

Confucianism – and music

Confucianism and the application of the law

Confucianism – and what leaders are meant to do

Confucianism – and the rectification of names

Confucianism – and the rectification of names (part 2)

Confucianism – and the pastor’s stipend

Confucianism – and rites

Confucianism – and the mandate of heaven (part 1)

Confucianism – and the mandate of heaven (part 2)

Confucianism – similarities to Christianity

Confucianism – and the interpretation of Chinese poetry

Confucianism – and the interconnectedness of culture

Confucianism – and its view of the family

Confucianism – the doctrine of the mean in action

Confucianism – and Arminianism

The Chinese understanding of sin – part 1

The Chinese understanding of sin – part 2

Providence – the gospel of providence

Providence – assurance and expectation

Providence – what is the ‘good’ that God is working towards?

Sola Scriptura … and the Chinese church

Sola Gratia … and the Chinese church

Sola Christus … and the Chinese church

Pre-millenialism in the Chinese church

Committees – East and West

Debating ideas – East and West

Voting – East and West

How Chinese engage in conflict

Transactional analysis – and Chinese culture

Transactional analysis – and conflict in Chinese culture

Loyalty – where it comes from

Forgiveness – and its absence in Chinese culture!

Domineering women (and weak men) in Chinese homes

Church as family – and the Chinese idea of family

The threefold Chinese model of church

Membership: Eastern, Western…and Trinitarian!

Duty in Chinese culture

Religiosity and depression in Asian teenagers

Modernism – and the Chinese church

Understanding China’s generations

Culture: East and West

Guilt, shame…and the Eastern Reformation

Second generation ministry

These posts aren’t necessarily to do with Chinese culture, but are more about culture and second generation ministry.

The dynamics of majority culture and minority culture

Second generation strategies that don’t work

The five point manifesto

Power Distance Index

The migrant experience – and Chinese culture

Communication styles and culture

The three modes of Chinese church growth

Parents

These posts flow from many conversations I’ve had with Chinese Christians who have struggled with their relationship with their parents.

Parents – to obey or honour?

How parenting is like holding a spring

How to get along with your parents

Four ways of relating to parents

Parenting – how not to be too little, too late

Reaching out to your non Christian parents

Talking to parents about full time ministry – I

Talking to parents about full time ministry – II

Talking to parents about full time ministry – III

Talking to parents about full time ministry – IV

Ministry

These are useful for people who are doing ministry or looking after a ministry team.

Trust – and how to rebuild it when it’s gone

Trust – and when to leave a church

Using ministry money aggressively

Pastors, say the unpopular things.

Making change happen: three roads

How to pray for the sick and dying

Gen Y, the gospel, and churches

Fear (and boldness) in preaching – part 1

Bible studies

Here are some Bible study series that I have written and made available on the blog.

The Glory of God – a Bible study series

Topical Bible studies on the Affections

Narrative-critical Bible studies on Mark

Thinking theologically

These posts are about how to think theologically.

How to think theologically

The place of historical theology

Starting points for theology

Other things

These posts don’t fit in the above categories but are worth highlighting in their own right. Quite a few of them have to do with reformed theology.

Two visions of the Christian life – part 1

Two visions of the Christian life – part 2

Two visions of the Christian life – part 3

What’s wrong with “having a heart for the lost”

Be jealous for the glory of God

When hatred of sin dishonours God

When thankfulness dishonours God

The secret to marriage

Glorifying God in your vocation – wrong ways of doing it

Glorifying God in your vocation – everyone magnifies something

Glorifying God in your vocation – observations

Should we always “do our best”?

Conflict – personal, strategic, theological

The affections – and fighting temptation

The pornography cycle

Breaking the pornography cycle

“Will you be my friend?”

The appearance of growth

School Scriptue in NSW – the historic angle

What posts (or series of posts) are your favourite? :)

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