Knowledge, Love, and Wisdom (Huss)

  John Huss (b. 1369) was one of the forerunners of the Reformation.  Well before Luther's day Huss called out many of the abuses and errors in the church: hypocrisy, corruption, the sale of indulgences, and so forth.  Huss was a very powerful preacher and a bright student of the Word, but he wasn't the… Continue reading Knowledge, Love, and Wisdom (Huss)

Pride and Loving to Hear the Self Talk (Bernard)

 In his treatise on the steps of humility and pride, Bernard does a good job of explaining how pride and the love of hearing the self talk go hand in hand.   What was true in the 12th century is true today.  Do you know anyone who likes to hear himself or herself talk too… Continue reading Pride and Loving to Hear the Self Talk (Bernard)

High-minded Self-sufficiency (Kuyper)

 Here's another great excerpt from Abraham Kuyper's devotional, To Be Near Unto God: High-minded self-sufficiency is the canker which gnaws at the root of all religion. It is the futile dream of a little, insignificant world, of which self is the great center, whose mind understands everything, whose will controls everything, whose money can buy everything,… Continue reading High-minded Self-sufficiency (Kuyper)

Pride, Celebrity, Self-Flattery, and Donkeys

 Andreas Kostenberger has a nice section about humility in his book Excellence.  He notes that humility is one of the "cardinal virtues in the Christian life and in academic work."  In the chapter Kostenberger quotes Calvin: I was always exceedingly delighted with that saying of Chrysostom, “The foundation of our philosophy is humility”; and yet more… Continue reading Pride, Celebrity, Self-Flattery, and Donkeys

Causes of Spiritual Decline (Newton)

Sadly, there is such a thing as backsliding in the Christian life.  It's also called wandering from the path of following Jesus.  Indeed, we are prone to wander!  There are various reasons why Christians do sometimes wander or backslide.  We could put it in the form of a question: What are some of the causes… Continue reading Causes of Spiritual Decline (Newton)