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A Quick Patronage Survey, Please!

Patronage is a common reality in global ministry, but it is rarely discussed in missiology. So unfortunately Christians struggle to navigate patronage.  To help us learn more about people’s understandings and perceptions of patronage, please take this survey. There are
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3 Problems with The Culture Test Results

I developed The Culture Test in 2013 to help people better understand cultures. The test is generally helpful in that regard—in five minutes people can get a snapshot of any culture. To help people learn about cultural differences, it is
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New Resource: Interactive Global Map of Culture Types

If you like maps and cultures, you will love the new Interactive Global Map of Culture Types. This interactive map visualizes the anonymous data from 25,000+ results from The Culture Test. Of all the resources I have developed at HonorShame.com,
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Guilt, Shame & Fear: Revisited

The notion of guilt, shame, and fear cultures has become a common topic in mission conversations. Ministry organizations and teams around the world are discussing the topic. Four years have passed since I published The 3D Gospel and developed TheCultureTest.com.
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“Honor Restored”—New Evangelism Tool from Cru

Last summer several Cru staff members attended the Honor-Shame conference in Wheaton. After the conference, they began discussing and designing a new honor-shame evangelism tool that could used in a smart-phone app.   Their new tool “Honor Restored” launched in December
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The Honor of Salvation – 11 Tozer Quotes

In The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer offers powerful insights about the role of shame in sin and honor in salvation. The following quotes are from Chapters 8 and 9 of the book, which is available for free in PDF and Kindle. Chapter
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Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies: Recent Issue on Honor-Shame

The latest issue of Asian Journal Pentecostal Studies focuses on “Biblical Refections on Shame and Honor in Asia.” The entire issue can be downloaded for free at http://www.apts.edu/aeimages/File/AJPS_PDF/18-1Rev-Interior-file-vol-21-1.pdf. The articles include: Amanda Shao-Tan, “Spirituality for the Shamed Tsinoys with Disabilities: The Shamed Jesus in
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6 Great Sermons on Shame & Honor

People often ask me about good sermons on the topic of shame, but there are not very many.  Recently I’ve listened to an amazing 6-part sermon series “He Covers Our Shame” by Dr. Beau Hughes at The Village Church of
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A Hermeneutics of Honor: John Chrysostom

John Chrysostom, the archbishop of Constantinople (353–407), was famous for his eloquent preaching (the moniker Chrysostomos means “golden-mouthed”). His eighty-eight exegetical homilies on the Gospel of John read much like a social-science commentary. I will explain a few ways that
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The Patronage Symposium: 3 Quick Must-Knows

The Patronage Symposium will gather people to examine the gospel for patron-client contexts. To learn more, visit www.HonorShame.com/patronage. Here are three related announcements: 1. Registration Ending Soon (Feb 10) The Patronage Symposium will be limited to ~40 people to foster substantive
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Paul’s Honor Ethic in 1 Corinthians

Honor and shame are innately social and cooperate realities. For this reason, an honor-centric morality prioritizes relational harmony and communal edification, as seen in Pauline theology. John Barclay says, “Paul’s redefinition of honor thus gives prestige to such traits that
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Register Now for The Patronage Symposium

Jackson Wu says patronage is “the most overlooked aspect of honor-shame cultures.” I believe patronage is also the most frustrating aspect of cross-cultural relationships. In other words, patronage is an issue we must address. In recent decades secular anthropologists and
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Cultures Clash (B/W version)

One of the most popular posts here at HonorShame.com is the infographic “Culture Vantage Points: How West and East (Mis)Perceive Each Other’s Cultural Values.”  Since many people use it as a teaching resource, I developed this black/white version that is
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Top 10 Honor-Shame Posts of 2017

Here are the top blogposts from HonorShame.com for 2017. 10. Can You Shame God? 9. Exposing the Truth about Honor & Shame: 4 Dimensions 8. Guilt, Shame & Fear in Secular Research 7. A Western Bias: “Honor-Shame Cultures are Violent” 6. Resources
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Uncovering the Power of Shame

Guest Samuel Albert is Editor in Chief of www.ChristianMusicAndHymns.com. The Bible has a whole vocabulary to do with shame, reproach and disgrace. There are over 10 Hebrew words that translate these words into English, but they have been almost evacuated
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The Patronage Symposium (Oct 2018)

Please considering joining us at the: Patron-client relationships were foundational in the world of Scripture. Plus, the dynamics of status, benefaction, generosity, reciprocity, loyalty and gratitude remain foundational in societies today. Yet the realities of patronage remain ignored in theological and missional conversations. This symposium will
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Esther 1 (HSP)

Here is an honor-shame paraphrase of Esther, chapter 1. This is excerpted from the new book Esther: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase, available as Kindle or PDF for $2.99. A long time ago, the king of Persia was a man named Ahasuerus. His glorious kingdom included 127 provinces from
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Esther: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase (new book)

The second title—Esther—in the Honor-Shame Paraphrase series is now available. Esther: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase costs $2.99 on Kindle and PDF. Readers often misinterpret Scripture for a simple reason—our culture is very different from the ancient cultures of the Bible. For example, Westerners
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The Reformation: 3 Honor-Shame Facts

 The dynamics of honor and shame influenced the events of the Reformation, especially in the early years. This post sheds light on the social context surrounding the theological controversies that shook the Western world 500 years ago.  1. The German
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More Conference Resources

All the resources from the 2017 Honor-Shame Conference are now available online. This includes edited videos and presenter materials from all the workshops. New Videos Since first announcing the videos, we have added these four presentations to the YouTube playlist:  1.Dr.
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