Author: HonorShame
resources for Majority World ministry

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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The Meaning of “Sodomy”

You know the definition of the English word sodomy? The word derives from the ancient city of Sodom, which was famously destroyed for their wickedness (Genesis 19). So what made Sodom so wicked and worthy of destruction? The standard answer has
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Confronting Theft

A babysitter took $20 from your dresser. The pastor “borrowed” $500 from the church account for a new roof. An elder was skimming tithe money for years. How do you respond when someone steals money? A common Western response is
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Group Discount for Honor-Shame Conference

You can get a free registration for the 2020 Honor-Shame Conference. Register with 5 persons and the 6th person 
is FREE. This is a great way for your group to learn and explore together. You can get the discount with any 6
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“Westerners Don’t Believe in Sin!”

Guest contributor Dr. Cultir Pundit is an East Asian missions leader. He blogs at www.GuiltInnocence.com, a website equipping Global Christians for ministry in the Western guilt-innocence cultures. Westerners believe in guilt, but not in sin. The other day I was
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Can Public Shaming Be Good?

Guest Dan Braga is a church planter in San Diego, CA. He is an M.A. student at Western Seminary (Portland) where I recently taught a course. This post is Dan’s response to the question, “Can public shaming be a good
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The Morality of Patronage

For many cultures, the reciprocal generosity of patronage is a moral obligation. Patrons must give favors and clients must give thanks, lest they jeopardize their own reputation and the unifying fabric of society. So when an affluent person fails to
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Top Books on Honor-Shame Ethics

A stream of 21st-century philosophers are rehabilitating honor in philosophical discourse. Even the collaborative website www.HonorEthics.org is “devoted to the study of honor as an ethical value.” These philosophers argue how honor and shame can be redemptive moral values. As one
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CT Interview with Jackson Wu

Christianity Today has published my interview with Jackson Wu about his latest book Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes. As their title says, “There’s More to Romans than Personal Salvation.” I enjoyed learning about the backstory of this book from Jackson. The
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Workshops for the 2020 Honor-Shame Conference

Workshops were a highlight of the 2017 Honor-Shame Conference. The topics and speakers were excellent. So we are excited to organize more workshops for the 2020 Honor-Shame Conference.   We are currently accepting submissions for workshop presentations. Complete this form
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shaming

Shaming people can be a powerful tool for changing behavior and establishing norms. Jennifer Jacquet (Professor of Environmental Studies at New York University) in Is Shame Necessary?: New Uses for an Old Tool explains how people can shame selectively and
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How to Shame…Biblically

People who act shamelessly should incur a sense of shame.The apostle Paul explicitly shamed fellow believers, on several occasions: I say this to your shame. (1 Cor 6:5) I say this to your shame. (1 Cor 15:34) Take note of
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New Series: Ethics in Honor-Shame Cultures

Honor-shame is a moral system. Collectivistic cultures use honor and shame to define and enforce ethics.  This claim may seem strange to Westerners, who generally assume that guilt-cultures believe in right and wrong, but shame cultures do not. This idea
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Register Now: Honor-Shame Conference (Wheaton, 2020)

You can register now for the: Join us for the 2020 Honor-Shame Conference (June 8-10, 2020 at Wheaton College) to explore how honor and shame influence the gospel, the Church, and disciplines including theology, missiology, pastoral ministry, and counseling. Connect with
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Updated Data for The Global Culture Map

The data for the “Global Map of Culture Types” has been updated and doubled. Click here to view and use the map.  This free, interactive tool visualizes all results from TheCultureTest.com. The initial launch (March 2018) included data from the first
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Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes (Jackson Wu)

Do you want to see Romans from an honor-shame perspective? Here is the book! Jackson Wu’s latest book, Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes: Honor and Shame in Pauls’ Message and Mission (IVP Academic) is now available. Here is the publisher’s description: What
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Malachi 1 (HSP)

The honor-shame paraphrase of Malachi 1 is from the recent book Malachi: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase, by Jayson Georges. A message from Yahweh to his people Israel, through Malachi.1 God’s Proven Covenant Loyalty Yahweh says, “Israel, you have always been my special people.
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New Book—Malachi: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase

The new book Malachi An Honor-Shame Paraphrase is now available (Kindle edition). Along with 1 Peter, Esther, Psalms, and James, this is the fifth title in the Honor-Shame Paraphrase series.  The prophetic book of Malachi reveals the nature of Israel’s covenant relationships with God in the Old Testament.
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“Husbands, Honour Your Wives” (1 Peter 3:7)

Andrew Bartlett, QC of Crown Office Chambers, London, is a highly-rated international arbitrator, and also a Deputy High Court Judge in England and Judge of the Upper Tribunal. He has a BA in Theology (University of Gloucestershire) and has served
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My Attempts to Visualize Honor & Shame

I use mostly words to explain honor and shame. I write out my ideas in books, articles, and blogposts. I regret not being more artistic, because honor and shame can also be powerfully communicated visually. On a few occasions, I’ve
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