Category: Missiology

Because Who is Perfect? (video)

Series: “Putting Honor into Action” This short video  “Because Who Is Perfect?” from Pro Infirmus is an inspiring example of relationally and non-verbally proclaiming God’s counter-cultural honor. They feature and promote the inherent dignity of people. I believe this project beautifully testifies
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Putting Honor Into Action

Christian mission mediates God’s honor into the world. The church is the very means by which people experience and understand the glory of God. We are God’s instrument for overcoming shame. Communicating God’s honor happens relationally, not just verbally. How
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“Limited Good” has limited good

Imagine reading this in an African anthropology book:Americans, both Christian and secular, display a peculiar lack of hospitality and generosity. People rarely invite neighbors for meals. And even when they do guests are rarely offered food (and may even be expected to get
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Honor-Shame Research Bibliography

I’m pleased to release an extensive bibliography for honor-shame. This includes the resources related to honor and shame I have encountered over the last 8 years.The bibliography is available online and is fully searchable, by metadata and tags. It can
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New book: Honor-Shame & Orality, by ION

The International Orality Network (ION) recently released Beyond Literate Western Contexts: Honor & Shame and the Assessment of Orality Preference (eds. by Samuel Chiang and Grant Lovejoy). This book compiles the papers presented at 2014’s ION consultation in Houston, TX.
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HS Bible Training Curriculum

Bible colleges around the world commonly use curriculum from Western seminaries—sometimes directly translating the syllabi, course books, and textbooks. Though missionaries rarely favor this situation, it appears to persist simply due to a lack of alternatives. How else can the
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5 Types of Honor-Shame Cultures

Q: What do honor-shame cultures and wine have in common? A: They both have terroir! Honor and shame cultures always have a unique flavor depending on the context. For example, East Asians response to shame by withdrawing, whereas Middle Easterners will defend their
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Honor-Shame in Africa

There seems to be a lack of literature about honor-shame in Africa. Compared with Asian and Arab culture, I have discovered only a few anthropological and theological resources on the topic. Here is what I have found to date. If
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10 Ways the Cross Atones for Shame

Guest Mark Baker (Ph.D., Duke) is Professor of Mission and Theology at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Two of his books Recovering the Scandal of the Cross and Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross explore the saving significance of the cross.  
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3 Blogs about Shame at Ed Stetzer

Christianity Today’s recent cover article was “The Good News About Shame” by CT executive editor Andy Crouch. This week Ed Stetzer’s blog “The Exchange” is extending that conversation about shame and the gospel with a series of three blogsposts. “4 Keys to Evangelism in Honor-Shame
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A Simple Evangelism Method

Originally posted at EvangelVision.ComI distinctly remember a 2006 conversation with a young Central Asian man named Farhad. It completely changed how I understand and share the gospel. After class, we were standing outside having a conversation about God. There was
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The Data on Global Culture Types

In the last three months, over 1,200 people have taken The Culture Test. Here is a summary of the data. The following bar graph breaks down the results by global regions.But that is not the entire story. To understand the
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Honor & Shame 101 — Explainer Video

  Honor & Shame 101 is an explainer video about honor & shame for Christian ministry. At 5 minutes long, it hits the main ideas for people being introduced to the topic. You could use it for: prepping a short-term ministry
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Top Honor/Shame Blogs of 2014

To celebrate the New Year, here are the top blogs posts (based on comments and views) from 2014. 8.  Why Western Culture Neglects Honor & Shame – Learn why Western civilization is shameless. 7.  6 Places Honor & Shame Hide in
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Guilt, Shame, & Fear in the Bible

The guilt-shame-fear trichotomy serves as a framework for interpreting Scripture and contextualizing theology, not merely understanding global cultures. Examining Scripture from multiple vantage points can help Christians acquire a fuller understanding of the gospel.In The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and
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The Call of Abraham…to Honor (Gen 12)

The post concludes our series on Gen 1-12 (Gen 2, Imago Dei, The Fall, Gen 4-11). From the heights of glory and honor in Genesis 2, humanity has fallen to the depths of shame (Gen 3).  Every self-directed effort to
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New book: THE 3D GOSPEL

Learn how the gospel speaks to all cultures. Western theology emphasizes legal forgiveness of sins, but people in the Majority World seek honor or spiritual power.  In today’s globalized world, Christians need a three-dimensional gospel. Learn how the Bible speaks to cultures
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Understanding Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures

“We have to reckon with three different types of reactions to transgressions of religiously sanctioned codes: fear, shame, and guilt.” (Eugene Nida, Customs and Cultures [1954], p. 150)Christian missiologists identify three responses to sin in human cultures: guilt, shame, and fear.
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To make it easier for people to learn about Honor-Shame cultures, I have developed: is a free assessment tool for learning your group’s culture type – guilt, shame, or fear.  It is like a personality test, but for groups
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What is the ‘Image of God’? God’s Face!

What exactly is ‘the image of God’? Western theology asks which facet of humans makes them ‘like’ God – intelligence, emotions, morality??  This approach defines the precise qualities that people share with God (personality, will, sensibility, etc.) from a philosophical
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