Author: HonorShame
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Webinar: “How to Teach Honor and Shame”

Free Zoom Webinar: “How to Teach Honor and Shame,” by Jayson Georges Thursday, April 2 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time Note: Sorry, but his webinar is already at capacity (100 people). Such an interest was not expected. I do plan
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Fame-Shame Culture and Social Media

Guest Ally McGeever is the Young Women’s Engagement and Development Officer in Dublin, Ireland. This post summarizes her recent presentation as the Irish Bible Institute.  How is fame different to honor? Both are defined by what others think of you, but fame
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Cancelled: 2020 Honor-Shame Conference

The 2020 Honor-Shame Conference has been cancelled because of the coronavirus threat. We are sad about this, but there are obviously other pressing issues these days.  People who registered should have received refund information from Werner Mischke at Mission ONE. You
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Highest Honour

This post is excerpted from the new devotional book Highest Honour: 60 Days Toward Honouring God With Your Whole Life, by Kenosi Molato and S. E. Freeman. Every day of our lives we are faced with decisions. Sometimes they are big
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The First Missions Book on Honor & Shame

In 1975, missions professor Lowell Noble self-published the book Naked and Not Ashamed: An Anthropological, Biblical, and Psychological Study of Shame. To my knowledge, this was the first work of evangelical missiology that addressed honor and shame. This post recounts
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Honor-Shame has Gone Global!

Dr. Chris Flanders is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University, and author of About Face: Rethinking Face for 21st-Century Mission. As an organizer for the upcoming Honor-Shame Conference, he shares some reflections on the
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Does God Really Remove our Shame?

The Bible says that God removes our shame. “I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth” (Zeph 3:19). Both Paul and Peter quote Isaiah 28:16: “Whoever believes in him will not be put to shame”
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Honor-Shame Conference—Speakers and Opportunities

The Honor-Shame Conference, June 8–10, 2020 at Wheaton College is gathering numerous practitioners and scholars to explore how honor and shame influence the gospel, the Church, and various disciplines, including theology, missiology, pastoral ministry, and counseling. The seven plenary presenters are John M. G.
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Shame and Transgender Issues

I live in the Middle East, so we hardly ever hear conversations about transgenderism or sexual identity. So during a recent visit to the U.S., I observed how transgenderism and sexual identity have grown more prominent in cultural conversations. To
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Honorable Sexuality

Guest Sean Christensen (M.Div., Columbia International University) is a missionary with World Team and serves as a Bible professor in Haiti since 2009.  His article “The Six Phases of a Man’s Life” (in English and Haitian Creole) has been accessed
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On Becoming “Like Jesus”

Shame is feeling different, being unlike others (as explained in previous post). But there is good news—God makes us like himself, in his own image, conformed to the image of his son. This erases the shame of difference. In the
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Shame is “Difference”

Shame is being different. We feel ashamed when we feel unlike others. I know it sounds simple and even trite, but this insight summarizes our experience of shame in some profound ways. Feeling Different, Being Unlike Our differences make us
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Workshops for the 2020 Honor-Shame Conference

A highlight of the first Honor-Shame Conference (2017) was the many diverse and insightful workshops. And yet, the workshops slated for the 2020 Honor-Shame Conference (June, Wheaton College) looks even more promising. I’ve already got “choice anxiety”! The full list
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Why Honor Matters

Guest Audrey Frank is an author and speaker who has lived in the Muslim World. This post is from her new book Covered Glory: The Face of Honor and Shame in the Muslim World (2019, Harvest House Publishers). Babies were snugly
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How to Make Patronage “Biblical”

Let’s start with the obvious—patronage has a P.R. problem. For many people, patronage seems like nepotism, corruption, colonialism, and the mafia! The phrase “biblical patronage” sounds like an oxymoron. Although patron-client relationships are often corrupted and broken, I propose that
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$$ Infographic: 7 Differences in Global Cultures

Patronage frustrates many people, especially Westerners. Why is patronage so frustrating? Fundamental cultural differences between patronage and Western economics create an inevitable cultural clash. Each cultural system is like a rulebook for playing a board game. Each player assumes others will
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The Gospel According to Patronage: A Summary

Here is a gospel narrative of salvation-history from a patron-client framework. This short summary summarizes Chapters 7–9 of my book Ministering in Patronage Cultures, where I develop a biblical theology of God, sin, and salvation in light of patronage. Used
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Training Video: “Patronage 101: How Relationships Work”

“Patronage 101: How Relationships Work” is a new, 5-minute explainer video about patronage in the Bible and ministry relationships. The video is available for free on YouTube. This whiteboard video is a short introduction to the topic. If you want
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What is “Patronage”? A Definition

What actually is “patronage?” This is a common, and good, question. Patronage is hard to define because it is an abstract concept. “Patronage,” as well as “patron-client relationships,” is an etic term that social scientists use for describing relationships in
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New Book: Ministering in Patronage Cultures

My latest book Ministering in Patronage Cultures: Biblical Models and Missional Implications is now available at Amazon and IVPress.com. This book develops a biblical and missional view of patron-client relationships. As I discuss honor-shame cultures with other Christians, their questions
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