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Do You Want Face?
Honor & Shame 101
Back to God's VillageA 5-minutes gospel presentation in terms of honor-shame.
Do You Want Face?A short gospel presentation using the language of "face" (by Jackson Wu)
Honor & Shame 101An short animation explaining honor & shame for Christian ministry.
Books (for practitioners)
further books for:
Muslim culture/evangelism: Honor and Shame: Unlocking the Door, Ronald Mueller. This $5 e-booklet introduces the differences between guilt, shame and fear-based cultures, along with implications for Muslim evangelism. Also, Touching the Soul of Islam, Bill Musk.
pastoral ministry: Grace for Shame: The Forgotten Gospel, John Forrester. A helpful work helping pastors understand and address shame in Western churches.
theology: Restoring the Shamed: Towards a Theology of Shame, Robin Stockitt. A philosophical work on the nature of shame and explanation of Jesus’ atoning life.
missiology/theology: Saving Gods’ Face by Jackson Wu. An academic contextualization of Romans and the atonement for Chinese contexts; excellent exegetically and missiologically.
missiology: About Face: Rethinking Face for 21st Century Mission, Chris Flanders. An academic look at face in Thai culture and insightful atonement theory for face-oriented cultures.
counseling: Shame and Grace: Healing the Shame We Don’t Deserve, Lewis Smedes. A popular work for helping Christian counselors to address shame among Westerners.
Bible interpretation: Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, Richards and O’Brien. Incredibly accessible and insightful, for hermeneutics and global ministry.
New Testament studies: Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity, David deSilva. The best book on Mediterranean social values for NT interpretation. Also, Honor and Shame in Matthew, Jerome Neyrey and Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, Kenneth Bailey.
Old Testament studies: Honor and Shame in the Book of Esther, Timothy Laniak. An insightful look at the dynamics of honor and shame in ancient Israel in the narrative of Esther.
“From Shame to Honor: A Theological Reading of Romans for Honor-Shame Contexts” (Missiology, 2010)
“Does the ‘Plan of Salvation’ Make Disciples?: Why Honor and Shame are Essential for Christian Ministry” by Jackson Wu (Asian Missions Advance, 2016).
“Human Identity in Shame-Based Cultures of the Far East“, by Timothy Tennent
“The Saving Significance of the Cross in a Honduran Barrio” by Mark Baker
“Dignification: An Exegetical Soteriology of Honor” (Scottish Journal of Theology, 2013)
“The Return of Shame,” Andy Crouch, Christianity Today (March 2015).
“Beyond Near and Far: Jesus Overcomes Shame and Alienation (Eph 2:11 – 22)” by Mako Nagasawa
“Disgraced Yet Grace: The Gospel According to 1 Peter in the Key of Honor and Shame” (BTB 24), John Elliott
The Father’s Love (evangelistic booklet), by Werner Mischke
“The Weight of Glory,” by C.S. Lewis
“Shame,” by Robert Karen, Atlantic Monthly (1992)
Websites and Blogs
TheCultureTest.com – A free, online survey to learn your group’s primary culture type (guilt, shame, or fear). Takes 5 minutes and results are immediate.
Jackson Wu (teacher of Chinese pastors, Ph.D from Southeastern Baptist). An active blog about contextualization, honor-shame, and Chinese culture.
At the Edge of the Kalahari–An engaging personal blog of an Australian missionary in southern Africa, often about honor and shame.
Werner Mischke (Executive VP with Mission ONE). Resources, including videos and slideshows, about honor and shame in missions.
Mark Baker (missionary in Honduras, Professor of Mission and Theology at Fresno Pacific Seminary). Helpful articles and papers on the atonement addressing shame.
Mako Nagasawa (Campus Chaplain with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship). Academic theological papers explaining the Eastern Church’s “physical redemption” atonement model for addressing shame.
Heart Connexion (a Christian organization with seminars addressing shame). An older bibliography of psychology/counseling resources addressing shame.
HonorEthics.org – an interdisciplinary, academic website devoted to the study of honor as an ethical value.
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Click HERE for an extensive bibliography of honor-shame resources at Zotero.com.