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Hubbard examines the Genesis foundations for the doctrine of the image. He emphasises that “understanding Adam and Eve as priest-kings sheds much light on the cultural mandate given in Genesis 1:28.” He considers the implication of the Fall, and shows that Abraham is to be viewed as s second Adam. Also to be noted is the identity of Israel as priest-kings. They fail but Jesus as the last Adam enables the restoration of man as viceregent, or priest-king, especially the church, depicted as a “royal priesthood” (1 Pet 2:9). “To divorce Genesis 1 and 2 from our understanding of God’s plan of redemption, and thus mission, is to lose the purpose and goal of the cross of Christ.”

Christopher Hall highlights the problem of a "me-centered" approach to interpreting the Bible. He also advises that to "avoid icebergs" in our approach to the Bible we need to immerse ourselves in the global Christian family.

Nathan Shank considers and seeks to apply Paul’s statement in Romans 15:23. His study concludes: “By the power of the Spirit, after the example of the ‘missionary to the Gentiles’ we must pioneer, proclaim, disciple, form churches and multiply coworkers until there is ‘no place left.’”

Jackson Wu counters the false thinking of some that judgment is a legal idea and so unrelated to honour and shame. He cites a number of passages that illustrate how the Bible describes judgment via honour-shame.

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Bob Deffinbaugh looks at Acts 15:1-31. He stresses the vital importance of understanding culture and its need to be consistent with the gospel.

In a Gospel Coalition post Jeremy Yong expressed regret about the deleterious impact on the doctrine of grace of a particular cultural belief, namely that a gift given is a gift that must be repaid. By sharp contrast, Jackson Wu insists that Asian notions of reciprocity most certainly do apply to us as recipients of God’s grace and that the rejection of East Asian reciprocity is based on a faulty view of grace that stems from Western Christianity and not the Bible.

Jackson Wu demonstrates how the Bible treats honour and shame as objective realities against the very basic misunderstanding of many Christians that honour and shame are simply subjective categories.

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