Modern Disciples are Humbly Receptive.

We began to explore this week the four of the postures of disciples, as they are laid out in Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered: Growing in Christ through Community by James C. Wilhoit.

Here is more on the discipline of humility, starting with a definition from John Dickson.

The guys over at The Blazing Center have provided two different sets of ways to practice humility. There is a shorter (but not easier) list of seven, and a list of twenty-two. Both are worth at least a quick glance.

How about a book recommendation? Read this review before you buy Tim Keller’s The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness.

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The Dangers Within: Pride

Over the next number of weeks, the blog will be using the Seven Deadly Sins as its guide for themes and resources. We live in a dangerous world; the important- yet tricky- part is recognizing how much of that danger lies within ourselves. It’s easy to focus on the external, but in the weeks leading up to Good Friday and Easter especially, Christians are invited to take a closer look at what lies within. Will you join us?

First up, GroundWork is doing a radio series on the Seven Deadly Sins. In the episode “Pride,” the hosts draw helpful distinctions between self-esteem and pride and discuss a couple of biblical stories for contemplation.

Be wary of your self-love and esteem going too far. Mark Fox reminds us,

Looking inward for hope, help, self-esteem, courage, joy, peace or love is the very thing the Bible teaches us not to do.

And yet, that’s exactly what someone with too much pride does. Sadly, most of the time we don’t even realize we’re sinning because we aren’t out for more money or power or prestige, but out for more happiness, recognition and meaning.

Trillia Newbell offers some chastising words on false humility when trying to combat pride in “Wage War by Rejoicing.”

Finally, if not pride, then what? Let Mark Altrogge’s “22 Ways to Humble Ourselves” guide you closer to God.

 

This post is for adults and provides resources and challenges for our attitudes and Christian life. Specifically, it name the sin of pride and encourages humility.