November 10, 2018

TGI Friday (Thank God it’s Friday) is an American restaurant chain operating around the world.

A little while ago I had a Thank God I’m 60! party.

Just over two years ago, I was diagnosed with lung cancer.  When it was found, it was already stage four, with secondaries i...

September 26, 2018

Asma Barlas suggests (in implicit contrast with Christianity) that Islam is not a theological patriarchy, because the Qur’an rejects designations of God as a father.[i]  She defines patriarchy as “father-rule and/or a politics of male privilege based in theories of sex...

December 8, 2017

I read the books on spiritual disciplines and tried to learn from them – Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, other earlier great mystics, and more contemporary writers. Yet unaccountably, none of them mentioned the benefits of nail polish as an aid to spiritual disciplines...

October 20, 2017

The previous two posts discussed shame ascribed to women, and embodied in women’s bodies.  Jesus’ interaction with women who carried socially ascribed shame enabled their public vindication.  Jesus took on the shame of human bodies in his incarnation and particularly i...

October 19, 2017

In the last post we discussed how shame (and blame) is often ascribed more to women, including in situations of crisis or violence.  Rather than avoidance or even private counselling, thus colluding in the hiddenness and trauma of shame, Jesus openly encountered women...

October 18, 2017


It has been good to see further discussion in western journals and books on the subject of shame and honour in the past few years.  We welcome the recognition of shame and honour as significant categories, both in the Bible and in contemporary cultures, including west...

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