Shame isn’t always a bad thing

Sep 27, 2016 by

My parents were pretty effective in correcting their nine children by using frequent verbal reprimands, even the occasional “Shem dich!” (Pennsylvania German equivalent of “Shame on you”). They mostly...

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Shame is part of love

Apr 22, 2015 by

Shame has fallen on hard times. Much of this is due to increasing concerns about the public shaming of people on social media. See the recently published book by Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly...

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Shame on us

Dec 22, 2014 by

Visible sins bring shame. The holiday picture of pregnant Mary reminded me of an earlier time when an unwed pregnant female would stand in front of the church and publicly confess her sin. Most of us now doubt...

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The impact of shame in Eve’s story

Mar 18, 2014 by

A reflection on Gen. 3:1-7 It’s not hard to imagine how the seeds of shame were planted in Eve’s heart. There’s much in her early story that would leave the best of us feeling flawed: that lingering...

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