TED Talk: Brene Brown on Shame

Regular readers would know that I put the idea of shame as fairly important in my theological understanding. I believe that what separates us from God is not some abstract rule that God is bound to, so that he is unable to relate to us if we have sinned. I believe it is because of how we respond to sin, usually in one of two ways: pride, which says it was no big deal and we don’t need God, and shame, which says we are terrible and God must not be able to love a sinner like us. Any ministry I’m working in, I try to also heavily emphasize that the church is a group of broken people who are open with each other about that brokenness, without beating each other up about it.

So with that really brief introduction, here’s a great TED talk video about shame. It tackles a lot of great points, and I would especially encourage you to take note of the discussion of how shame plays itself out differently for men and women.

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.