Blog Posts on Pride & Humility
John Piper on the Celebrity Factor and Pastoral Ministry
Is it hero worship or holy emulation? What are the dynamics that factor into the differences between true-hearted appreciation and unhealthy veneration?
The issue of a "celebrity" status among evangelical pastors has been the topic of some recent discussion. This…Continue Reading
What We May Actually Believe
God Has Two Hands
John Calvin comments on 1 Peter 5:5:
We are to imagine that; God has two hands; the one, which like a hammer beats down and breaks in pieces those who raise up themselves; and the other, which raises up the… Continue Reading
Shine Your Light or Hide Your Hand
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 ESV)
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand…
Contrived Humility Vs. Humility from Faith
Have you ever found yourself in prayer pleading a case before God when you suddenly get a sick feeling that either God is not listening or he’s not willing to hear you? What do you do when that happens? Hopefully…Continue Reading
Success Can Be Perilous
We are never more vulnerable to sin than when we are successful, admired by others, and prosperous, as King David tragically discovered.
It was spring again. David once had loved warm, fragrant spring afternoons on the palace roof. But this…Continue Reading
Why Do We Crave to Be Praised?
Here is the answer of the poet Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774), from his poem "The Traveler."
For praise too dearly loved, or warmly sought,
Enfeebles all internal strength of thought;
And the weak soul, within itself unblessed,
Leans for all pleasure…
Lewis and Edwards on the Layers of Self-Admiration
As a new Christian in 1930, C. S. Lewis was learning terrible things about his heart—the unfathomable layers of pride. It is astonishing how similar his description of his own heart was to the description Jonathan Edwards gave of our…Continue Reading
My Happy Confession of Having No Merit
This is my confession:
I was born into a believing family through no merit of my own at all.
I was given a mind to think and a heart to feel through no merit of my own at all.