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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
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Posted in ethics, News

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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Posted in News, Resources, Uncategorized

Making Peace like Jesus, not Germany

The diplomatic tiff this week between Germany and Turkey is the same thorn bush that often entangles Western missionaries.The German Parliament adopted a symbolic resolution declaring the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 a “genocide.” The Ottomans killed over 1 million Armenians,
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Posted in Bible, Culture, Honor, In The News, Relationships, Shame

Why Muslims Defend God’s Honor

Bruce Sidebotham (D.Min., New Geneva Theological Seminary) spent 7 years doing cross-cultural ministry in Indonesia. He directs the ministry called Operation Reveille that helps service personnel with cross-cultural relations. Why do Muslims attempt to defend the honor of Islam against insults? Amidst the
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Posted in Communication, Evangelism, Honor, News, Theology

The (New) Honor Market

The post is a satire. Do you struggle with shame? Do you find it hard to be an honorable person? Welcome to The Honor Market—the 21st-century way to manage your social status. Effective January 1, 2016, the website HonorShame.com has become
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Posted in Culture, Honor, News, Shame, Spirituality

Did the Supreme Court “Honor” Gays?

 At The Edge of the Kalahari analyzed the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on homosexual marriage (June 26, 2015) from a cross-cultural perspective. Here is an excerpt, posted with permission.   This ruling was more about honour, not the law.  This was
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Posted in Culture, In The News

LeBron Dishonors (Touches) The Royal Princess!

The media buzzed this week when LeBron James broke royal protocol—he touched the Royal Duchess Kate of Cambridge. The incident is a classic clash of honor codes.The USA Today reported: At the NBA game Monday night in Brooklyn, James either forgot,
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Posted in Culture, Honor, News, Relationships

ISIS – Terrorizing or Shaming?

Guest blogger Colin E. Andrews has lived in Central Asia for 10 years and Southeast Asia for 4 years.  The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has been in the headlines for months now. Western journalists and governments have
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Posted in Culture, In The News, News, Shame

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