Series: Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Humility

The Gospel in a Culture of Pride

This article is part 1 of 6 in the series Not Ashamed of the Gospel of HumilityContemporary Western society is post-Christian. “Christendom” – the time when Christian morality was accepted as good, and calling yourself “Christian” was equivalent to being an upright member of society – is well and truly in the past. Many books and articles discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this social change for Christian faithfulness. In this short series of blog posts, I want to focus on one strand of this social shift, and how it affects Christian life and testimony: the idea of pride....

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My Kingdom Come

This article is part 2 of 6 in the series Not Ashamed of the Gospel of HumilityOne aspect of a post-Christian society is the normality of pride. Pride no longer means arrogance. It means self-definition, self-assertion, self-confidence. This is all seen as good, normal, and healthy. We Christians need to understand this normalisation of pride today because it makes Christianity sound unrealistic and implausible. I introduced these ideas in my previous post in this series. The Bible is crazy enough to warn us that this kind of self-assertion is actually dangerous and destructive. It makes us kick God out of our...

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The Humble King

This article is part 3 of 6 in the series Not Ashamed of the Gospel of HumilityWe live in a culture of pride. We take for granted that independence, self-confidence, self-assertion, and self-direction, are all aspects of what it means to be a healthy human being. In contrast, the Bible demonstrates that this kind of self-focus is both dangerous and destructive. It insults God, and fractures our relationships with other people.[1]We reviewed all this in the first and second posts in this series. But if all this wasn’t bad enough, the core problem with pride is its difference from...

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Confident in Christ’s Humility

This article is part 4 of 6 in the series Not Ashamed of the Gospel of HumilityWe live in a culture of pride. We take self-definition, self-fulfilment, and self-assertion for granted. The Bible is kind and honest enough to warn us that this proud self-focus is actually deeply destructive – it insults God and alienates us from each other. But the biggest problem with contemporary pride is how completely opposite it is to Jesus in his humility. We’ve surveyed all this in our first three posts in this series. The Glory of Divine Humility Reformed theology is traditionally distinctively...

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Humbly Serving Others

This article is part 5 of 6 in the series Not Ashamed of the Gospel of HumilityWe live in a culture of pride. We take self-definition, self-fulfilment, and self-assertion for granted. The Bible is kind and honest enough to warn us that this proud self-focus is actually deeply destructive – it insults God and alienates us from each other. But worst of all, this self-aggrandising pride is completely opposite to Jesus. Ironically, the path to true confidence is to trust Jesus in his humility. “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1 Cor 1:31; 2 Cor 10:17). We...

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