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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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Africa Study Bible: “Honour & Respect”

The new Africa Bible Study (NLT) illuminates the truth of Scripture with a unique, African perspective. This article “Honor and Respect” (p. 1283) explains the spiritual importance of social honour.  Honour and Respect What is the secret of a long life
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Videos from the Honor-Shame Conference

We are excited to announce that the videos from the 2017 Honor-Shame Conference are now available on this YouTube playlist.  The plenary sessions and featured workshops are full-length videos (~1 hour). The majority of the workshops are short trailers (3–5 minutes)
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New Infographics

In 2016 the ministry Global Mapping International released the missiographic “Culture’s Color, God’s Light,” which featured a global map of culture types (guilt, shame, and fear). The infographic has become GMI’s #2 most viewed infographic and has appeared in many
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Last Call to Register: The Honor-Shame Conference

Final call to register for the Honor-Shame Conference, June 19–21 in Chicago. Because of space constants at Wheaton College, registration is capped at 270 people. Limited spots remain, so register now if you would like to join us.  Check out
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Super Duper “Unashamed”

Last year Christian publishers released 4 books titled “Unashamed.” These are Christian efforts to speak to a popular topic in Western culture—the longing to be free of shame and to “be myself.”  While inspiring and encouraging, these books assume the distorted, Western
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Lausanne Article: “Honor & Shame in God’s Mission”

The latest issue of the Lausanne Global Analysis includes my article “Honor & Shame in God’s Mission.” This short primer (1,600 words) is available online for free, so functions as a 5-minute introduction to honor-shame. The article explains: (1) the meaning of honor & shame,
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New Site: RealHonour.com

RealHonour.com is a new website/ministry. The free site is a secure digital forum for Christians from a Muslim background to fellowship with each other globally and locally. Learn more from their extensive FAQs.   I highlight RealHonour.com because it an innovative
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