Summer Seminar

August 8-9, 2021
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.



Sunday, August 8    Evening Session 1


Fresh Hope:

  • Feeling like aliens in today’s America – Grieving losses with understanding
  • Peculiar people, more than you might realize! Born anew, chosen and elect
  • “Royal priests, fulfill your calling” – Personal vocation
  • “And all find fresh hope” – “Forward in Remembrance”


Monday, August 9   Evening Session 2


Fresh Purpose:

  • “A bridge over troubled waters”
  • “Do not be surprised” – Judgment begins at the household of God
  • Witness in 1 Peter – Personal and Congregational
  • “And all find fresh…purpose”

About the Presenter
Rev. Dr. Abjar Bahkou

Dr. Abjar Bahkou is associate professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He joined the faculty in June 2018. Before that he served in several capacities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Bahkou has written numerous articles and has done translation work from English into Arabic. He brings a rich background of experiences to the task of thinking through Christian witness to our Muslim neighbors.

Seminar Location
Get Directions To:
100 W. Lochmere Drive
Cary NC
USA