Honor and Shame

Written by Werner Mischke, Mission ONE Vice President I presented “An Honor-Bearing Gospel for Shame-Fueled Crises,” at the annual conference of EMS (Evangelical Missiological Society) in Dallas, Texas on September 14, 2019. The EMS theme for 2019 was “Mission Amid Global Crises.” Here is the audio (27 min). The article is slated to be published in early 2020 in Missio Dei…

Written by Jackson Wu, Mission ONE Theologian-in-Residence “I sacrificed more by leaving the mission field.” When my friend recently made this statement, I not only knew she was right; I recognized how few people realized the cost missionaries pay when returning to their home country. Far fewer churches and mission organizations talk about it. First…

Written by Jackson Wu, Mission ONE Theologian-in-Residence Being in a family during the quarantine. Working on a team. Having a spouse and kids. Even without the coronavirus, life always brings us new challenges to our character. Credit: flickr/AnantRohankar No Christian seriously contests the idea that the cross of Jesus ought to shape how we live….

In this article, originally published here on September 17, 2018, Werner Mischke breaks down five misunderstandings about honor-shame and explains why they are incorrect or incomplete. Read the full article here.

This article was originally published in the October – December 2018 issue of EMQ (Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 4). In the article, Werner Mischke explores how the New Testament addresses the thorny issue of rivalry and honor competition. Additionally, he asks, what might we learn that applies to our own mission teams and…

Photo credit: Wikimedia/Poochan50 In this article, originally published here on January 22, 2020, Jackson Wu explores how honor shame cultures would benefit from leadership training that better aligns with their cultural context, versus a traditional Western perspective on leadership development that tends to be more individualistic in nature. Read the full article here.

Photo credit: Flickr/NIAID In this article, originally published here on January 28, 2020, Jackson Wu explores the tension governments often face between saving face and providing transparent communication to its citizens, within the current context of the Chinese government’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Wu asks Western readers to ponder how we might be more…

In this article, originally published here on February 3, 2020, Jackson Wu remarks how war and suffering typically expose the best and worst about human nature. Similarly, virus outbreaks seem to increasingly reveal the internal dynamics of Chinese culture. News outlets are reporting that the Chinese government is now using drones as a tool for…

In September 2019, I presented “An Honor-Bearing Gospel for Shame-Fueled Crises,” at the annual conference of EMS (Evangelical Missiological Society). The article is to be printed in early 2020 in Missio Dei Journal. The audio from the presentation can be found here. A link to the full text can be found below. A short summary follows: This…

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