Podcast Companion: The Good News about Honor and Shame

Did you know High Point Church has a podcast?? Our Engage and Equip podcast is updated a few times a month with new episodes designed to engage and equip substantive disciples for the local church. We’ve covered things like art and worship, Christians’ responses to the 2016 election, hospitality, religious liberty, High Point Church’s thematic goals and vision, and testimonies from multiple staff members.

You can listen to the podcast on our website, through iTunes, or with your favorite podcast app. Just search for “Engage and Equip” to get started in iTunes or apps.

We recently aired an episode called, “The Good News about Honor and Shame” in which we compare our culture’s narrative about shame with how it is addressed in Scripture, looking at the gospel through a lens that may be new to some of us. Nic and Jill Reasa, our Communications Coordinator, discussed insecurity in the episode before this one, titled, “Overcoming Insecurity.” Check it out!

FOR FURTHER STUDY

We referenced a few different resources in the podcast, and there were many more we wished we could reference, so we collected a few for you here. We hope you enjoy diving into the good news of our freedom from shame in Christ and, like we have, come to appreciate the gospel in a fresh way.

Brené Brown

Brené Brown has done extensive research on the topic of shame from a secular psychology and sociology perspective. Her ideas on shame and vulnerability are the main secular voice we engage with in our discussion. You can familiarize yourself with her teachings through her books, interviews, and online lectures. Here are a few to start with:

TEDS talks:
The Power of Vulnerability (her original talk)
Listening to Shame

Books that we reference:
Rising Strong (2015)
Daring Greatly (2012)

Theology of shame:

Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures by Jayson Georges and Mark D. Baker (2016)
The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures by Jayson Georges (2014)

Jayson Georges and Mark D. Baker have written a very helpful guide to the theology of honor and shame and how it looks in cultures centered around it. Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures is written in three parts that examine the topic with attention to 1) culture 2) theology, and 3) practical ministry. The appendices offer great resources for further study, including a list of relevant Scripture references, which we’ve included in part below:

Honor and shame in Scripture

Characters and Stories (for more explanation about how shame shows up in these stories, see Appendix 2, pp 255-258)

  • Creation (Genesis 1-2, cf. Psalm 8)
  • Adam and Eve (Genesis 3)
  • Cain (Genesis 4)
  • Babel (Genesis 10)
  • Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3)
  • Leah and Rachel (Genesis 29-30)
  • Joseph (Genesis 37-41)
  • Moses (Exodus 2-4)
  • Job (Job 19, 42)
  • Israel (Ezekiel 16:1-14)
  • Ruth and Naomi (Ruth)
  • Hannah (1 Samuel 1-2)
  • Eli’s sons (1 Samuel 2)
  • David (1 Samuel 17, 2 Sam )
  • Saul (1 Samuel 18)
  • Nabal and Abigail (1 Samuel 25)
  • Saul’s burial (1 Samuel 31)
  • Michal (2 Samuel 6)
  • Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9)
  • David’s servants in Ammon (2 Samuel 10)
  • Nathan’s rebuke of David (2 Samuel 12)
  • Tamar and Amnon (2 Samuel 13)
  • Shimei (2 Samuel 16)
  • Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26)
  • Daniel and Friends (Daniel 3 and 6)
  • Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4)
  • Esther and Mordecai (Ester)
  • Hosea and Gomer (Hosea)
  • Nehemiah ( Nehemiah 1-13)
  • Mary (Luke 1)
  • Leper (Luke 5)
  • Widow and dead son (Luke 7)
  • Sinful woman and the Pharisiees (Luke 7)
  • Gerasene demoniac (Luke 8)
  • Bleeding soman (Luke 8)
  • Zacchaeus (Luke 19)
  • Parable of the unexpected invitees (Luke 14)
  • Parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15)
  • Parable of the wicked tenants (Luke 20)
  • Controversies with leaders (Luke 20)
  • Jesus washes the disciples feet (John 13)
  • Jesus (Philippians 2)

Scripture References (Appendix 1, pp 247-254)

 

  • Genesis 2:25, 3:7-8 (Adam and Eve)
  • Deuteronomy 26:18-19 (God’s covenant with Israel)
  • Deuteronomy 26:18-19 (God’s covenant with Israel)
  • Isaiah 62:2-3 (Idolaters will be shamed, but Israel will be saved/honored.)
  • Isaiah 54:4-5; 61:7, 62:1-3 (God’s promise Israel that he will restore their honor)
  • Joel 2:26-27 (God will restore Israel’s honor and make his own honor known.)
  • Zephaniah 3:19-20 (God’s promise of future honor to Judeans heading into exile)
  • Proverbs 3:3-4, 3:34-35, 4:8-9, 6:33, 8:18, 12:4, 12:8-9, 13:18, 14:31, 14:34, 17:6, 18:3, 19:11, 19:26, 20:29, 22:1, 22:29, 25:27, 26:1, 29:23, 30:9, 30:17
  • Psalms 3:3, 6:10, 8:4-6, 21:5, 25:3, 29:2, 31:1, 35:26, 62:7, 69:6-8, 69:19, 71:21, 75:7, 84:11, 119:31, 138:6, 149:4-5
  • Whole Psalms on themes of honor-shame: 8, 44, 49, 75, 96, 97, 109, 113, 129, 146
  • John 5:44 (Seek glory from God, not others.)
  • John 12:26 (The Father will honor those who serve him.)
  • Romans 1:20-21 (knew God, but did not honor him)
  • Romans 3:22-23 (fallen short of God’s glory)
  • Romans 8:17 (We suffer with him so we may be glorified with him.)
  • Romans 10:11 (No one who believes in Christ will be put to shame.)
  • Colossians 3:4 (With Christ in glory)
  • Philippians 2:8-9 (Jesus humbled himself to a shameful death, and God gave him the most honor.)
  • 1 Peter 2:6-7 (honor for those who believe)
  • Hebrews 2:9-10 (Jesus became low, but is now glorified, and he brings us to glory)
  • Hebrews 12:1-2 (Jesus endured the shame of the cross and is seated in honor now)
  • Revelation 21:23-27 (glory of God, glory of the nations)
  • Revelation 22:3-4 (Culmination of the redemption story: his servants will worship at his throne, and we will bear his honorable name.)

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