Guilt and Shame – objective and subjective

I wanted to highlight again an important factor in our understanding of guilt and shame.  Instinctively in modern, western Britain we think in terms of shame as something that is a subjective feeling.  Increasingly, as we saw right back when we first looked at guilt and grace, we treat guilt as subjective too. Continue reading


Guilt, shame and passive distance

Here’s a fascinating point in a book I’m reading about Saul, David and power politics in 1 and 2 Samuel. The authors are writing about the consequences of David’s adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah. Continue reading

Shame and/or guilt? Collective and/or individual?

Judy Wu Dominick writes about guilt and shame here.  Her thoughts can be summarised as follows Continue reading

Why students should join estate and inner city churches

In our last post on urban mission we saw that urban church planting will often need 1 or 2 missionaries for the long haul and an expectation that most workers will be indigenous from the community. Continue reading

Guilt/innocence and honour/shame revisited – more on multi-cultural church

Here are a few more jottings about the challenges and opportunities of encouraging multi-cultural church life.

When people talk about cross-cultural challenges, one of the things that comes up frequently is the difference between honour/shame v guilt/innocence societies. It is true that some cultures seem to emphasise one more than the other. However, I have noticed that: Continue reading

The point we keep coming back to is …

The biggest challenge that we face in urban church planting is that the evangelical church is locked onto one very specific model of church planting.  It depends on one large church or several medium sized churches setting aside between 20 -50 people as a core group to launch the church. Continue reading