‘Humility is not a mere ornament of a Christian, but an essential part of the new creature.’
Elsewhere: Bish has a great post here on the soaring and sobbing of the doctrine of election as we read Romans 9-11. Al Mohler has some interesting observations on the increasingly popular (yet as yet absent from my bookshelf)The Dangerous Book for Boyshere. HT: Ed
Martin Downes hosts an interview with Carl Trueman here who has some important things to say about humility. The internet is a unique portal, where words can be seen by all and brought up long after they were issued. We had a quotation on our bathroom door back home that read ‘Keep your words tender, for tomorrow you may have to eat them‘. It’s true; the bathroom quote page rarely lies.
Also, the latest press release from UCCF on the Word Alive issue can be found here.
The definite lack of original content on the blog in recent weeks has been due to the fact that revision is well underway for finals (finishing June 1st). However, I have posted two pics of my own handcrafted dinner-for-one from Saturday night. On the left we have leftovers of my homemade lemon ice-cream, and on the right we have a fish-finger, peas, and lettuce sandwich, with added mayo. A Year Ago: At church we were looking at God’s sovereignty and suffering; where the rubber hits the road and theology is shown to be truly practical.
Yep, that was intentionally ironic. Five suggestions from Michael Ramsey, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Durham, on staying humble…
1. Thankfulness… ‘Thankfulness is a soil on which pride does not easily grow’.
2. Confession… be honest about your sin; criticise yourself in God’s presence.
3. Accept humiliations… however hard that may be.
4. Don’t worry about any status you have apart from how you are in God’s sight.
5. Use your sense of humour:
‘Laugh about things. Laugh at the absurdities of life. Laugh at yourself. Laugh at your own absurdities. We are, all of us, infinitisimally small and ludicrous creatures within God’s universe. You have to be serious, but never be solemn, because if you are solemn about anything there is the risk of becoming solemn about yourself.
Hello, my name is Robin. Welcome to That Happy Certainty, where I write and collate on Christianity, culture, and ministry. I’m based in Barrow-in-Furness in South Cumbria, England, where I serve a church family called St Paul’s Barrow, recently merged together from two existing churches, St Paul’s Church and Grace Church Barrow.
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