Talking about Shame – Twitter Chat on 3/12

Shame is something that doesn’t get talked about in any society, be that Western cultures or Eastern cultures, and therein lies its overwhelming hidden power. Research professor Brené Brown in her recent books and TED talks has broken the ice and begun to shed a light for how “Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior.”

Most recently, conversations have started to surface in the Christian world via the mainstream evangelical magazine, Christianity Today — 2 feature articles in the print/web magazine and 3 blog posts on Ed Stetzer’s blog hosted at ChristianityToday.comChristianity Today, March 2015

Andy Crouch: The Return of Shame
From online bullying to Twitter takedowns, shame is becoming a dominant force in the West. Thankfully, the Bible is full of language about shame. It’s just that most Westerners don’t see it.

How to Minister to People Shaped by Shame →
Honor and shame dynamics can shape everything from evangelism to fundraising to family relationships.
Interview with Joe Ho (InterVarsity) by Andy Crouch

4 Keys to Evangelism in Honor-Shame Cultures
Jackson Wu shares about how evangelism can happen in honor-shame cultures throughout the world.

Our New Virtual Face: Reflections on Social Media and Identity
Jayson Georges reflects on the ways in which social media can tempt us to believe one of the oldest lies in history.

Dogs and Honor-Shame Culture: Unity Amidst Brokenness
Amidst honor and shame culture, we must pursue restoration and unity above all else.
David Park

Shame doesn’t yet have enough language to dismantle its power over a majority of the world’s population and affects our human condition. And to continue the long-overdue conversations about shame, there’s a Twitter chat scheduled for this Thursday, March 12th, 8:00pm Eastern Time (UTC-5).

Shame on Us: Christian Chatter in the Twittersphere
Join our chat Thursday using the hashtag #CTshame.

May these be the start of a good thing and be instrumental to demonstrating the power of the Gospel to bring freedom to the many people imprisoned by shame.

hint: easy way to join the #CTshame Twitter chat = twubs.com/ctshame

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