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To broaden the conversation about honor & shame, we are giving away Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes.
Although the book is about hermeneutics, cross-cultural workers are finding it highly relevant for ministry as well. (If you have it, we’ll get you Cross-Cultural Conflict
by Elmer) How do you enter to win? For each of the following, you get one ‘ticket’ in the book drawing:
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SCREWS & NAILS: The Need for a Christian Missiology for HonorShame Contexts Imaginary Joe learned how to build homes out of nails, so he was skilled at using a hammer. But then Joe traveled eastward, where people built things out of screws. Because Joe always built with nails, he pounded the screws with his hammer, just as he always did. He labored in vain, feeling frustrated. Joe needed a different tool to build effectively
I like to ask people two questions:
- In your ministry to the nations, have you encountered honor and shame dynamics?
- Have you ever heard a sermon about honor and shame in the Bible?
People typically answer the first question with an exhausted ‘yes!’ and the second with a befuddled ‘no?’ There is a gap, a huge gap, between global realities and Western theology. Even though honor and shame are dominant values among nearly all unreached peoples and most of the world’s population, our current theology has little to say on honor and shame.
Why? English and German-speaking theologians have looked under every nook and cranny to answer Western existential needs – how can my guilt be forgiven and conscience placated?
But they failed to ask a question central to Majority World cultures – how can be shame be removed and honor restored?
Western theology is not wrong, it is just incomplete. To understand the full beauty of a diamond, we must examine all of its brilliant sides.
The gospel involves forgiveness of sins, and also removal of shame (and many other things!). Because of this gap between Western theology and global realities, most Christian workers feel a pesky, unrelievable itch created by cultural tensions in their ministry. Fortunately, there is a solution. The Bible was written in an honor-shame culture, so it saturated with promises, stories, and theology for Christians in honor-shame contexts. Next week, I’ll highlight the vision of HonorShame.com
– to provide a contextual new tool for His workers to build with in HonorShame cultures. Until then, let your co-laborers know about the free book!