An Update about HonorShame.com
The tagline for HonorShame.com is “resources for Majority World ministry.” The aim of the website and blog has been to equip people with ideas and resources to better understand the pivotal roles of honor-shame in culture, theology, and ministry.
From 2014 through 2020, weekly blogs generated new insights and global conversations about honor and shame. For that season, I (Jayson Georges) am exceedingly grateful. But, as you have perhaps noticed, blogposts in 2021 have become sparse.
I will continue supporting the honor-shame conversation, maintaining this website, and publishing periodic blogposts. However, I will not be developing new resources and advancing the conversation at the same rate. There are several reasons for this change.
One, I am a doctoral candidate at Durham University and this has become my research priority. My dissertation topic is “early Christian travel: a socio-theological analysis” Considering the enormous costs and risks of ancient travel, the extensive travel among early Christians reflected and created their new estimations of honor and social worth. In short, how did physical movement enact honor? I suspect that I will publish some posts about travel and hospitality, as these two social practices reflected and conveyed honor.
Two, my ministry focus has changed to providing biblical training through study tours to biblical sites. I am developing opportunities for Christians from the Majority World to study and research New Testament culture, theology, and missiology on site. I will share more information in due time, as I suspect some readers of this blog may be interested in such learning opportunities.
Three, my understanding of honor-shame has somewhat changed. Perhaps like most people who encounter the topic, I long viewed honor-shame as a “ministry tool.” The concept helped me to understand and reach “them,” the unreached, or non-Christian peoples. But over time, I have become much more curious about the dynamics of honor-shame within “me” and “us.” These days, my thoughts gravitate towards the spiritual and contemplative aspects of honor-shame. I’m more interested in exploring the heart-level impulses of honor and shame than in producing materials that analyze the concepts.
That is the short note explaining some of the changes here at HonorShame.com. To repeat, the website will be actively maintained and I remain engaged with the topic, but from new angles. As always, I’m glad to publish guest posts for the benefit of others.
On a final note, in the spring of 2021, technical issues with the website prevented the delivery of new blogsposts. Here are the links for those interested:
- “Honor” in the Old Testament
- “Shame” in the Old Testament
- “Honor” in the New Testament
- “Shame” in the New Testament