Blog Archives

Shame & Honor—Are They “New” Ideas?

Sandra Freeman has served with her husband in Botswana since 2001 doing discipleship and business mentoring. She blogs at “Edge of the Kalahari.”Someone recently expressed concern about honor and shame, saying they are normally cautious about new ideas. I agree it
Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Bible, Theology

Why Grace Is Hard for Me as an Asian American

There is a great post at TGC by Jeremy Yong (D.Min., SBTS), the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Hacienda Heights in southern California—”Why Grace Is Hard for Me as an Asian American.” He discusses the nature of gifts/grace in his Asian-American
Posted in Uncategorized

REGISTER NOW: The 2017 Honor-Shame Network Conference

You can now register for “Honor, Shame, & the Gospel“—the Honor-Shame Network Conference at Wheaton College, June 2017! The price of $309 is all-inclusive—the conference, lodging, meals and snacks. Register soon because the price increases every 50 registrants! This event will help
Posted in Uncategorized

The Gospel of Honor…according to White, Southern, Antebellum Evangelicals

Robert Elder (PhD, Emory) is Assistant Professor of History at Valparaiso University. His book The Sacred Mirror: Evangelicalism, Honor, and Identity in the Deep South, 1790-1860 (UNC Press, 2016) explores the role of honor-shame among antebellum southern evangelicals. This is
Posted in Uncategorized

Cashmere­—The Kyrgyz Honor

Sy Belohlavek, director of June Cashmere, explains how honor frames the vision and structure of an enterprise in Kyrgyzstan.   Recognition is the acknowledgement of someone’s existence and validity. This honor is acclaim for an achievement or ability. There is a kind
Posted in Culture, Ministry, Relationships, Resources

INFOGRAPHIC: How Cultures Clash

We all judge other people cultures according to our own cultural values. This is fine when two people share the same culture. But when people from two different cultures interact, using your own culture to judge others can be disastrous.The cultures of
Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Communication, Culture, ethics, Relationships, Resources

How Christians Should Vote

Are you a “values-voter”? Well, so is everyone else! We all vote according to “values.” The real issue is—What values should determine your vote? As Christians head to the polls on Tuesday, honor should be a leading value in how they
Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Culture, News

FREE CHAPTER: 8 Guidelines for Fruitful Relationships

InterVarsity Press is making Chapter 7 “Relationships” of Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures available as a free PDF download. Feel free to download, read, and share this resource. Mark and I glad to offer this chapter. It includes over 20 case examples from 15 different global
Tagged with:
Posted in Relationships, Resources

6 Keys for Relationships in Honor-Shame Cultures

For people to understand, you must speak their language. Obvious, huh?But most Westerners ignore this basic rule of communication in their cross-cultural relationships. To meaningfully communicate love and honor to people, we must use the cultural “grammar” of honor-shame in
Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Communication, Culture, ethics, Ministry, Relationships, Resources

WEBINAR: Ethics & Discipleship in Honor-Shame Cultures

Missio Nexus is hosting the webinar “Ethics and Discipleship in Honor-Shame Cultures” on Thursday, November 3 at 2:00pm EST. The webinar is free for members of Missio Nexus (if you are with a North American missions org, you are likely a
Posted in Resources

Honor & Patronage Among Church Leaders

Patricia Toland (Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies, Biola University) has served in Africa and Latin America since 1990 mobilizing the Latino church and training Latino Missionaries. She also lectures, trains, and ministers internationally to missionaries on the field and in universities.
Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Bible, Culture, ethics, Honor, leadership, Ministry, Relationships

The Iraq War & ISIS began with a Cultural Miscue

The Iraq War has cost America 3 trillion dollars, claimed over 100,000 lives, and helped create ISIS. So, what triggered this spectacular catastrophe? Many factors caused the Iraq War, but the precipitating cause seems to be the West’s inability to grasp the
Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in ethics, News

3 Tips for Evangelism in Honor-Shame Cultures

A conversation with a young Central Asian Muslim changed my theology forever.We were having a conversation about God, and there was an open door to share the gospel, so I said something like, “Your sins make you guilty before God,
Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Culture, Evangelism, Jesus, Ministry, Missiology, Relationships, Theology

New Book: Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures (IVP)

My latest book Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures: Biblical Foundations and Practical Essentials (InterVarsity Press) is now available.This 270-page book equips Christians to proclaim and embody the gospel in honor-shame contexts. Our aim was simple: to show how honor-shame is central
Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Bible, Honor, Ministry, Missiology, NT, OT, Resources, Shame, Theology

6 Teaching/Learning Exercises

Before our family moved to Muslim Central Asia, I rigorously studied Islam hoping to enhance ministry fruitfulness. Then after a year or so in Central Asia we made a startling discovery—the people were hardly Muslims! Instead of Islam, the pivotal values of
Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Ministry, Resources

Sarah & Hagar: A Struggle for Honor

Dr. Marvin J. Newell is Senior Vice President of Missio Nexus, a network that connects evangelical mission agencies, churches and training centers across North America. He served over two decades in Indonesia and teaches at Moody and Western. This article
Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Bible, OT, Theology

The 10 Topics Readers Want

Your responses to the 77-second survey was tremendously helpful. Thank you!Since over 300 people responded, I selected two respondents to win a copy of Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures. Congrats to Ken B. and Beth P!The Top 10 Topics Readers WantHere
Tagged with:
Posted in Honor, Resources

New Teaching Videos

David deSilva and Jackson Wu have released new teaching videos about honor and shame in the Bible. These are great resources for people wanting a deeper, biblical understanding of honor and shame. Click the links or images below to watch on
Posted in Uncategorized

12 Proven Facts about Honor Cultures

Here are 12 claims about honor cultures from Honor Bound: How a Cultural Ideal Has Shaped the American Psyche (Oxford University Press, 2016) by Ryan Brown, professor of social psychology at the University of Oklahoma.In honor cultures, “men are hyper
Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Culture, ethics, In The News, Resources, Shame

The 3 Kinds of Honor

The three types of honor are bad honor, good honor, and eternal honor. People use the same word “honor” for all three, and this causes confusion. Failing to note the three kinds of honor affects our discipleship and theology. So here
Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Communication, Culture, Evangelism, Honor, Theology

Subscribe via Email

What is the gospel for honor-shame cultures? Subscribe for weekly posts into your inbox.

Join 2,238 other subscribers

Connect

  • Facebook
  • Twitter