Proudly Welcomes
Rev. Dr. Abjar Bahkou of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis to our 2021 seminar series.
August 8-9, 2021
"Proclaiming the Message of the Gospel in a Culture Dominated by Shame and Honor"
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Resurrection Lutheran Church
100 W. Lochmere Dr., Cary, NC

Anthropologist Eugene Nida, in his book Customs and Cultures, argues that the various cultures of the world could be differentiated through three primary cultural distinctives: fear, guilt and shame. These three elements are present in all cultures, but their importance varies dramatically among various cultures. These three guiding principles of cultures come into even greater delineation when we pair them with the positive virtues these negative factors contrast. If fear, for example, is most regarded, then the qualities that will be most admired and sought in a positive light might be power and strength. If guilt is regarded as the most significant concern, then what a culture might seek above all else is freedom or justice. If shame is the greatest curse in society, then what is sought more than anything else is a sense of honor. This workshop first will attempt to define honor-shame culture from a contrasting position of the typical Western-based culture (guilt-innocence); second, will critically look at the Western church mission experience in the honor-shame culture; and third, will offer practical suggestions of how to share the Gospel in honor-shame culture. Particular attention will be paid to the Middle Eastern and Islamic culture.

Seminar Presenter

Rev. Dr. Abjar Bahkou of Concordia Seminary

St. Louis, MO 

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