Podcast Episode #15

Our Discussion

In this episode, the finale of Season One, we distinguish shame from guilt. The two concepts are often misunderstood. People in the church tend to assume that the Bible emphasizes guilt over shame. Along the way, we miss their significance in Scripture and the ways they impact our lives.

Here are a few key ideas…

  • The feeling of shame takes away one’s locus of control.
  • Shame is contagious.
  • Shame is intricately tied to identity, especially group identity.
  • “Individuality presupposes relationality” – Susan Eastman
  • “Shame” entails a cluster of characteristics
  • “Catholic guilt” is actually shame.

Some Questions We Explore

  • Is our understanding of shame limited by the vocabulary available to us in our language?
  • How do people typically distinguish shame from guilt?
  • Why do Westerners tend to keep shame “at an arm’s length”?
  • Can guilt be collective, not just personal?
  • What are we to think of “white shame”?
  • How has this distinction affected how Christians view sin?


Resources mentioned



Listen Now!

Search the Blog

Free Resource


3 Ways to Honor God on Your Next Mission Trip

We're sharing three things you should consider before you organize or participate in an international mission trip, seek to do work in the multicultural neighborhood in your own city, or embark on any cross-cultural partnership.

Fill out the form below to receive yours now!



You Might Like:

Planting Churches Where There Are None

We were never intended to live in poverty, divided against one another, with little hope for peace, yet that is what most marginalized communities around the world are facing.   This is why our local indigenous partners spend their time and resources engaging with these communities in order for them to feel known and seen in…

Read Now