“Why am I excited about the 2017 Honor-Shame Conference?”, by Jackson Wu

Jackson Wu writes:

Not long ago, few people were familiar with honor and shame. In recent years, things have changed. The conversation about honor and shame has broadened from an isolated pocket of academics. Missionaries, pastors and theologians from around the world have now began to recognize the pivotal role of honor and shame in the life and ministry of the church.

This is Jackson Wu testimonialwhy I’m excited for the upcoming 2017 Honor-Shame Conference at Wheaton. It will finally bring together many of the voices that have joined that global conversation.

To understand and utilize honor-shame in a biblically faithful manner, we need  the entire church. This subject is multi-faceted and transcends human cultures. Whether a scholar, pastor or practitioner, everyone has something to contribute. In this way, the Honor-Shame Conference is a unique opportunity for collaboration.

Although I’ll be speaking at the conference, I’ll spend far more time learning from others who attend. The conference will equip and challenge us all to grow as Christ’s disciples, regardless of our culture and context.


Jackson Wu, PhD, teaches theology and missions in East Asia—and blogs at Patheos. He is part of the resource team for the Honor-Shame Conference. His books are, One Gospel for All Nations: A Practical Approach to Biblical Contextualization, and Saving God’s Face: A Chinese Contextualization of Salvation through Honor and Shame.


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