Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures: Biblical Foundations and Practical Essentials
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Many a Westerner has experienced the missed cues and social bruises that come with learning that another culture runs on an honor-shame operating system. When Western individualism and its introspective conscience fails to engage cultural gears, how can we shift and navigate this alternate code? And might we even learn to see and speak the gospel differently if we did?

In Jayson Georges and Mark Baker's Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures, readers are given assistance in decoding the cultural script of honor and shame, as well as in reading the Bible anew through the lens of honor and shame, often with startling turns. Drawing from scholarly discussions on honor and shame from multiple sources, including biblical studies, theology, anthropology, and intercultural studies, Georges and Baker will provide missionaries and local leaders alike with a well-rounded, practical, and insightful guide to Christian ministry in honor-shame contexts, complete with apt stories, illuminating insights and ministry-tested wisdom.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830851461
ISBN-13: 9780830851461

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Author Bio

Jayson Georges (MDiv, Talbot) lived in Central Asia for nine years doing church planting and micro-enterprise development. He is the author of , founder/editor of HonorShame.com and creator of The Culture Test. He serves as missiologist-in-residence at an evangelical organization, developing tools and training for Christians working in honor-shame contexts. Mark D. Baker (PhD, Duke University) is professor of mission and theology at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California. He served as a missionary in Honduras for ten years and has written a number of books in English and Spanish.

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"Georges and Baker have taken the seeds of previous work on honor and shame in the environment of the biblical world and in modern cultures and cultivated them into fruitful insights and guidance in the areas of theology, crosscultural engagement and, especially, missions. They provide a culturally sensitive reading of Scripture and of modern non-Western situations, significantly advancing the question of how awareness of this dimension of the texts and our global community can improve our interactions with people living from a decidedly different axis of values and in our thinking about the contextualization of the gospel."  —David A. deSilva, Ashland Theological Seminary, Trustees Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek

"Building responsibly on biblical and anthropological foundations for understanding honor and shame cultures, the authors offer practical reflections on how to engage honor-shame societies in the work of intercultural mission. This book will especially be of help to Christian workers from the West serving among Majority World peoples."  —Edward L. Smither, dean, associate professor of intercultural studies, director, Zwemer Center, College of Intercultural Studies, Columbia International University

"Although Jayson Georges has written on the important topic of honor-shame in the past, this book, coauthored with Mark Baker, takes an understanding of honor-shame dynamics to another level. Every message bearer working in non-Western cultures needs to read and apply the insights and principles of this book if they are to avoid the typical cultural blunders too often committed by too many. Within are crucial insights for effective crosscultural ministry." —Marvin J. Newell, senior VP, Missio Nexus, author of Crossing Cultures in Scripture

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