Saturday, 10 January 2015

Mission Frontiers 37, 1 (January-February 2015)

The January-February 2015 issue of Mission Frontiers, published by the U.S. Center for World Mission, contains a number of articles looking at ‘The Power of Honor’.

Editor Rick Wood writes:

‘The history of mankind is one of people seeking to gain honor, power and glory for themselves and to jealously guard whatever honor or position they hold. Some, like the Pharaohs of Egypt or the Caesars of Rome, have actually commanded that they be worshiped as deity. Even when people don’t go this far, there seems to be a driving desire in the hearts of people from most cultures to seek honor and to avoid shame. Everyone seems to want to make a name for themselves. Even in the West many want to be a celebrity, thinking this will bring meaning and satisfaction to their lives.

‘These are powerful cultural forces that dominate the world and its peoples. The Islamic cultures are well known to be centered around honor and shame. The Asian cultures are well known for trying to “save face.” But as we highlight in this issue, most cultures around the world are affected by the issues of honor and shame.

‘The critical question then arises, “if honor and shame is such a powerful dynamic in the thinking of people in a myriad of cultures, why does our presentation of the Gospel not reflect this cultural and biblical reality?

Individual articles can be accessed from here, and the whole issue (23.9 MB) can be downloaded as a pdf here.

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