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Restoring What Was Lost
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Restoring What Was Lost

I want to start out by thanking the four guest editors who filled in for me during my recently completed sabbatical. They all did a great job for which I am very thankful. Thank you also to those MF readers who...

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Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?
The Gospel the World is Waiting For
Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

As our team in Central Asia was preparing to host a training for national church-planting partners, I took advantage of the opportunity to dialogue with the six national believers on our team about honor and shame. We...

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Why has the Church Lost “Face”?
Examining Our Blindspot About Honor and Shame
Why has the Church Lost “Face”?

Once again I found myself in the same conversation. The missionary shook his head and said, “That’s fine if you want to talk about ‘face’ as a gospel ‘bridge.’ But, ultimately, you have to talk about ‘law’ if you are...

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Honor and Shame in Latin American Culture
Honor and Shame in Latin American Culture

The role of honor and shame in Asia and Africa has been well established.1 Yet a “blindspot” regarding the centrality of honor and shame in Latin American culture undermines our presentation of the gospel and our...

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Good News! God Honors Us By Entering Our Story
Good News! God Honors Us By Entering Our Story

ENTERING YOUR STORY

I brought some candy with me for the national staff of an NGO in Central Asia. They thanked me of course, to which I replied, “It was nothing.” And really it was a very little gift, but one...

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Honor/Shame Sub-Cultures in the U.S.
Honor/Shame Sub-Cultures in the U.S.

While shame may be primary in some societies, it is present to some degree in all cultures. And honor and shame are dominant influences in many pockets of American society in which public praise and scorn regulate...

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The Gospel of Purity for Unreached Peoples
The Gospel of Purity for Unreached Peoples

[Adapted from The Global Gospel: Achieving Missional Impact in Our Multicultural World by Werner Mischke (MissionONE, 2015). Purity is one of nine honor/shame dynamics explored in this book.]

Does the Buddhist,...

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Gospel Restores Honor to the Dishonored
Gospel Restores Honor to the Dishonored

[Editorial note: This article is based on the 1994 EMQ article "The Gospel for Shame Cultures" by Bruce “Thomas” Sidebotham and has been revised on Bruce’s own site in this 2002 revision.

In Indonesia, our...

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To Love the Glory of God
To Love the Glory of God

At the dramatic crescendo of John’s gospel, Jesus makes a final appeal, that those who could perceive the light of the world would “believe in the light” to become “sons of light” (John 12:36). Even though most chose...

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The Right/Wrong Mindset
The Right/Wrong Mindset

[Editorial note: This article has been excerpted from the chapter entitled "Guilt-Based Culture" from the book Honor and Shame: Unlocking the Door by Roland Muller.]

Right versus wrong is the yardstick we use to...

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The Good News for Muslims in Honor-Based Cultures
The Good News for Muslims in Honor-Based Cultures

THE GOSPEL: MORE THAN WE THOUGHT

We often present the Gospel simply as forgiveness for our sins. But Jesus died not just to take away our sins, but to take away our shame, our fear, our estrangement, our...

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Three-Story Method and Set of Bible Stories for Evangelism
Theme: Shame and Honor
Three-Story Method and Set of Bible Stories  for Evangelism

THREE-STORY METHOD

In Sustainable Church Multiplication Movements (S-CMMs), Christians start groups which discuss Bible stories. They also train other Christians to do the same. One effective way to start a new...

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Honour/Shame Dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa
Honour/Shame Dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa

“A thief is only a thief when caught with the goods”— Setswana proverb

My husband and I have been discipling and mentoring believers in Botswana since 2001. Like many others, we have been perplexed and troubled at...

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Honor and Shame Beyond the Gospel
Honor and Shame Beyond the Gospel

Back in 1999, I was sharing with a fellow missionary my struggles  in communicating the gospel with Muslims. His offhand comment completely changed my world: “That’s because Arabs live in a shame-based culture.”

His...

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T4T or DMM (DBS)? - Only God Can Start a Church-Planting Movement (Part 1 of 2)
Kingdom Kernels
T4T or DMM (DBS)? - Only God Can Start a Church-Planting Movement (Part 1 of 2)

The Spirit of God is launching Church-Planting Movements (CPMs) around the world, just as he has done at various times in history. With Acts-like DNA disciples, churches and leaders are multiplying every few months....

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David Platt Becomes New IMB President
David Platt Becomes New IMB President

Editorial Note: Over the last few years David Platt has become one of the most effective spokesmen on behalf of reaching the unreached peoples. His best selling books, Radical and Radical Together have both eloquently...

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Mobilistically Speaking
Further Reflections
Greg H. Parsons

The story is told of two shoe salesmen who went to a rural, undeveloped part of the world. One came back and said it was hopeless, “No one wears shoes...we can’t sell anything here.” The other said, “Wow! No one wears...

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