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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
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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
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The Face of Shame in Brideknapping

Newsweek published the article “Grab and Run: Kyrgyzstan’s Bride’s Knapping” by photojournalist Noriko Hayashi-Panos (Nov 4, 2013). The images capture the sentiments and power of shame.  Bride knapping occurs primarily in rural areas, often when young men are too impoverished
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The 2017 Honor-Shame Conference: Save the Date!

You are invited to the inaugural conference of the Honor-Shame Network—a community to learn and work together for the sake of the gospel. Professors and educators, pastors and thought leaders, cross-cultural workers and creatives, professional practitioners and others will gather at
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This 3-page document “GLOBAL INSIGHTS for Leading and Ministering in Honor-Shame Contexts” compiles the very best reflections from the recent online learning forum at Synergy Commons.The concise format makes all the ideas accessible and stimulating. This could be used as a discussion tool for
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The Real Problem with Evil and Suffering

Evil and suffering are a P.R. nightmare for God. “How could there be a God when … ?” You’ve heard the arguments. Apparently, God is not being God, and this requires some explanation. The answer to the question of why
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A Story of Dignity and Reconciliation

In this short video “Stolen Cattle,” Dr. Mark Baker (Professor of Mission and Theology, Fresno Pacific University) tells an inspiring story about proactive peacemaking, restorative justice, and missional honoring. Farmers of a Mennonite colony in Paraguay were losing their cattle to
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L’Évangile en 3D (FR) & 3D Евангелие (RU) are here!!

The book The 3D Gospel is now available in French (L’Évangile en 3D) and Russian (3D Евангелие). They are each $7.99 at Amazon. I’m particularly excited for how these works may be used in the many Francophone and Russian-speaking regions of the
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Did Bathsheba Seduce David?

Did Bathsheba purposefully seek to seduce David when bathing? Some books say Bathsheba “intended” to be seen by the king, presumably to seduce David and get closer to the seat of power. But I think this is misreading Scripture. The Bible portrays
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Biola Course on Shame

  “Honor & Shame Themes in Scripture & Ministry .” A graduate level course from Biola University, School of Intercultural Studies. Chang Mai, Thailand. A one-week intensive in August 8-12, 2016. Taught by Dr. Tom Steffen, this course investigates the roles of
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“In the Form of God” (Phil 2:6)

Guest Joseph Hellerman (Ph.D., UCLA) is Professor of NT Language and Literature at Talbot School of Theology. His publications, both scholarly and practical, examine aspects of honor and shame in the New Testament. This post adapts portions of his latest book, an
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An Objective View of Shame

Evangelicals commonly perceive shame as just subjective and personal, thus negating the theological and objective dimensions of shame. In this recent post (reposted with permission), Jackson Wu offers a more complete view of both guilt and shame. This topic is crucial, since
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Culture Profile: Thailand

Chris Flanders (Ph.D. Fuller) is Director of the Halbert Institute of Missions at Abilene Christian University. He lived 11 years in Thailand doing church planting, and has published About Face. What does honor & shame look like in your context? Honor/shame is like gravity. It is everywhere, it
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H-S Resources in 8 Languages

The proclamation of God’s honor for the shamed must extend far beyond the confines of English. Here are honor-shame resources in 8 different languages. From my experience (and observation), just learning the vocabulary for speaking about honor and shame is a paramount
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Get Yourself Some Glory!

Westerners are allergic to honor. For example, the United States Constitution (1.9.8) forbids using titles of nobility as honorifics. America passed a law making honoring people illegal (ironic, huh?!).A reader recently emailed me this comment that echoes how most Western Christians think
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Culture Profile: Botswana

Sandra Freeman has served with her husband in Botswana since 2001 doing discipleship and business mentoring. How is honor-shame manifested in Botswana? Honor and shame are all over, but here are three simple examples.In child rearing—a child does not ‘get into trouble’
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3 Fun Images

The last post explained the differences between individualism and collectivism. Here are three fun images on that topic. The first two are from The Far Side by Gary Larson, and portray two people with individualistic inclinations in collectivistic contexts. This third image
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5 Keys for Relationships in HonorShame Contexts

Relationships are paramount in honor-shame cultures.  Who you know is more important than what you know. Everything happens through family, neighbors, or acquaintances. These five relational keys are the unwritten rules of social interactions in honor-shame contexts.1. Give giftsWhen I
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