Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
History of Hymns: “To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord”
This offers background and commentary on the Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000) hymn, “To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord.”
Shame and Our Origin
“Shame is man’s ineffaceable recollection of his estrangement from the origin . . .” An excerpt by Dietrich Bonhoeffer about how shame is woven into the core of our being.
Shame: Shake it Out
"Last time I checked, salvation is not about my goodness but it is about the irresistible grace of God. So shake off that shame..." In this essay, Jes Kast reflects on eliminating shame from life and...
A clip from the film 'The Heart of Man' that explores how our ideas of shame create a barrier between humanity and God and enable us to perpetuate our wrongdoings.
Hymn: Dear Jesus, In Whose Life I See
Hymn writer Richard Garland has made some changes and additions to this familiar hymn. Just as Jesus was interrupted in his prayers by the tempter, interruptions often tempt us by moving us off our focus.
Shame: The First Sting of Sin
This devotional on Genesis 3:7 considers shame as the first sting of sin. Because of sin, we can no longer fully be the beings God created us to be as we try to hide in shame.
This devotion on Genesis 11:30 focuses on the shameful center of Sarai's sad existence, inviting God grace to set us free from shame so that we might live fully and delightfully.
Is There a Solution for Shame?
An excerpt from the Atlantic about shame and guilt. Guilt can be resolved by making amends, but the only apparent solution for shame is to cease existing in that moment.
Shame and Shalom
Shame can cause us to hide our deficiencies and mask our shortcomings. In this video, Lisa Sharon Harper shares how confession led her to confront shame and move toward shalom.
Honour and Shame
In his blog post, Thomas Goodhart tells the story of "Joe," a dearly beloved congregate. He wonders about the place of personal, cultural, and national shame in the necessity of honouring history and heritage.
Full Text Hymns on Shame
Come to the Place of Grief and ShamePD
Defend Me, Lord, from ShamePD
O the Bitter Shame and SorrowPD
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Ashamed of Me and Mine
An honest, heart-searching article on shame and disability. A pastor reflects on her experiences with her severely disabled sister, power in the church, Mark 8, and the grace we find in Jesus.
The Courage to Ask
"Many of us don’t speak up. ...because who will listen?...we stay silent. For ourselves. For others. In shame. In guilt. Someone else will say something, right?" Karoline Lewis reflects on John 20:19-31, thanking Thomas for his...
A Shame That We Keep to Ourselves
Miriam Clifford writes that shame isolates us from those who care most about us. Yet the only way to break free of shame’s silencing oppression is to let those who love us be with us.
Morality and the Church
Quotes from David Wells about the church’s need to regain moral vision. "We don’t talk of guilt any more, but only of shame...We need good character to occupy the middle ground between law and freedom."
Hanun Shames David’s Envoys
Hanun’s servants shame David’s envoys by shaving them and cutting their garments. Engraved by L. Fonbonne from the design of Gerard Hoet (1648–1733)
Shame in the Great Depression
This quote from "Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945," illustrates the shame experienced by those who lost during the Great Depression, and the way that others' help contributed to their shame.
Freedom from shame and fear
Anne H. K. Apple's reflection on Joshua 5:9-12 emphasizes that in every crisis, members of God's community can be bound together by the blessing of freedom from shame and fear, and God's provision is enough.
Crying Shame: Freedom in Forgiveness
Reflecting on the ways that fear, shame and hurt imprison people, M. Craig Barnes invites readers to freely forgive so that they and others may experience true freedom in this message on John 20:19-31.