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Honor and Shame in Letter of Aristeas

Letter of Aristeas is a second-century BC “historical letter” explaining the composition of the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament, i.e., LXX) by Jews in Alexandria. Honor and shame are prominent motifs in the story. The Plot The
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Resources & Webinars

Here are some resources available at HonorShame.com. I try to keep these updated to make honor-shame content accessible.  Webpages Videos—A compilation of teaching videos and short clips.  Blogposts—Hundreds of the blogposts from HonorShame.com, categorized by topics. Recommenced Resources—A list of
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Ruth 1 (HSP)

This paraphrase of Ruth 1 is from the new book Ruth: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase.  A long time ago before the days of king David, a man named Elimelech lived in his ancestral village of Bethlehem. There was a famine in the land
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Life of St. Antony and Early Monasticism

Life of St. Antony, written by Athanasius in 360 AD, is one of the most important books in Christian history. The hagiography recounts the spiritual journey of the famous “Father of Christian Monasticism.” Antony was an uneducated orphan who lived
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New Book—Ruth: An Honor-Shame Paraphrse

The new book Ruth: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase is now available. Along with 1 Peter, Esther, Psalms, James, and Malachi, this is the sixth title in the Honor-Shame Paraphrase series. The book of Ruth has a simple yet inspiring plot line—God redeems a family from despair and social shame
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Webinar: “How to Teach Honor and Shame”

Free Zoom Webinar: “How to Teach Honor and Shame,” by Jayson Georges Wednesday, April 29 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time Honor and shame are important topics, but often they are new concepts for people. How can we effectively introduce honor
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Making Disciples of the Whole Family

Guest Jeannie Marie is an author, speaker and strategist for an international sending organization. This post is an excerpt from her book Across the Street and Around the World: Following Jesus to the Nations in Your Neighborhood…and Beyond (Thomas Nelson, 2018). As
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Webinar— “Guilt–Shame–Fear”: Assessing the Cultural Model

Free Zoom Webinar: “Guilt–Shame–Fear: Assessing the Cultural Model,” by Jayson Georges Wednesday, April 22 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time The paradigm of guilt, shame, and fear cultures has become a popular topic in mission conversations. The presenter Jayson Georges published The
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Coronavirus in Shame Contexts

A recent NYT article “Stigma Hampers Iraqi Efforts to Fight the Coronovirus” examines how the dynamics of shame are affecting Iraq during this pandemic. This article is a fresh reminder of how pervasive and influential the power of shame is
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Webinar: “Honor & Shame in Romans”

Free Zoom Webinar: “Honor & Shame in Romans,” by Jackson Wu Wednesday, April 15 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time Since the Reformation, Christians have read Romans with an emphasis on individual forgiveness and justification. However, the motifs of honor and
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The Ladder of Ascent

The Ladder of Ascent is a spiritual treatise about monastic asceticism. An Egyptian monk named John Climacus (“the Ladder”) wrote this book around 600AD as a spiritual guide for other monks. The book presents 30 “steps” toward spiritual maturity, and
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Webinar: “Intro to Patronage”

Free Zoom Webinar: “Introduction to Patronage,” by Jayson Georges Wednesday, April 8 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time Patronage governs many relationship in honor-shame cultures. But regrettably, Western culture and theology rarely notices this prominent cultural reality. Based on Jayson’s latest
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Servant Leadership in Hierarchical Cultures

Guest Julyan Lidstone has served with OM in the Middle East. This post is from his book Give Up the Purple: A Call for Servant Leadership in Hierarchical Cultures (Langham Global Library, 2019). So often we see gifted, zealous leaders able to gather
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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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