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“Honor, Shame and the Gospel: Reframing Our Message for 21st Century Ministry”

June 19–21, 2017  ♦  Wheaton College (Chicago)

honor-shame-and-the-gospelYou are invited to the inaugural Honor-Shame Conference—a community to learn and work together for the sake of the gospel.

Can the gospel of Jesus Christ better engage today’s world—from unreached people groups to secular postmoderns to the global refugee crisis?

Could the gospel receive a better hearing with people caught in a world of sin and shame … cynicism and alienation … violence and displacement … defilement and exclusion … consumerism and emptiness … lostness in all its dimensions?

How might we reframe the gospel in a way that is both 
biblically faithful and culturally meaningful?

In June 2017 the Honor-Shame Network (affiliated with HonorShame.com) will gather a learning community from North America and around the world—professors and educators, pastors and thought leaders, cross-cultural workers and creatives, professional practitioners and others.

Join us to reflect upon and explore what “honor-shame” means for a wide range of Christian disciplines—from theology to missiology, from pastoral ministry to orality, from counseling to the worship arts.

What are the overall aims of the conference?

  • Facilitate a networking and learning environment with leaders from 
a variety of disciplines and nations.
  • Seed new teams and projects around the world—to engage in research, experimentation and the development of new ministry resources.
  • Move toward normalizing honor-shame as an essential component of theological and missiological discourse—and gospel contextualization.

Plenary session presenters

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Dr. David A. deSilva
Professor, Ashland Theological Seminary

“Reciprocity and Patronage in the New Testament: What Does it Mean for the Gospel Today?”


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Jayson Georges, MDiv
Missionary, HonorShame.com

“Honor and Shame in Christian Theology: Past, Present, Future”


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Dr. Paul R. Gupta
President, Hindustan Bible Institute, India

“The Gospel for Asia: More Biblical, Less Western?”


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Dr. Steve Hawthorne
Editor, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

“The Honor and Glory of Jesus Christ—Heart of the Gospel and Mission of God”


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Dr. Brent Sandy
Professor, Wheaton College

“Honor and Shame in Ancient Culture and Biblical Interpretation”


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Dr. Jackson Wu
professor of theology in East Asia, blogger

“Saving Us from Me: Cultivating Honor and Shame in a Collectivist Church”


The Honor-Shame Conference is not a function of Wheaton College.

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