By: Trevor Barton
Junior couldn't do a lot of things. Couldn't read. Couldn't sign his name. Couldn't tell time even though he loved his watches. But he did know about life. He knew more about life than many highly educated folks.
By: Michael Helms
Technology has done more to divide us than unite us. There is no substitute for knowing that someone really cares what you have to say and wants to listen to you say it, even if the person has an opposing view.
By: Robert Parham
After a bruising presidential election, the Country Music Association's 2016 song of the year reminds us to always stay humble and kind.
By: James Gordon
The problem with using the word "biblical" as an exclusive truth claim is that by so doing it implies that all who disagree with the point being made are deemed to be less biblical.
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
During his visit to the U.S., Pope Francis proved once again he was a refreshing man of the people. He modeled how Jesus loves unconditionally, isn't afraid to do the work and calls us to elevate the unseen.
By: Ron Rolheiser
We're becoming a society within which most everyone is perilously overstimulated in his or her grandiosity. And we generally do not have sufficient personal tools to handle this.
By: Preston Clegg
The cross of ashes on peoples' foreheads on Ash Wednesday is a sign of penitence, humility and mourning. They're virtues for which Christians today seem to have little use.
By: Molly Marshall
What does it take to model humility? Described as the master virtue, it requires a generous hospitality and the willingness to find those tasks that no one else is eager to do.
By: Bill Wilson
Genuine worship should evoke a humility that's missing in many Christians. What will it take for us to be swept into a spirit of unity that moves us to shed tears of joy at the altar?
There is only one thing that will please God and start the wheels churning toward reconciliation. What does the Lord require? Three things, that when sifted down, are really just one thing: the Lord requires that you do justice, that you love kindness, and that you walk humbly with your God.
“Those who exalt themselves will be humbled,” Jesus says, “but all who humble themselves will be exalted.” But you can’t humble yourself in order to be exalted; that’s just another way of exalting yourself. Maybe what you have to do instead is become like that child in the baby carrier, maybe you have to stop working so hard to earn God’s favor and try, instead, to receive it, to believe that even when you have dirty diapers and drool on your chin, he loves you, and looks on you with absolute adoration.
We can promote what we are doing and achieving more than ever thanks to social media, but Jesus gives a countercultural example when it comes to profile and promotion.
Our culture sees education as the cure-all for moral problems from promiscuity to prejudice. Once a person "knows better," says the conventional wisdom, they will act better. Not so.
The guest may be the one who initially chooses to sit in the best seat or the worst seat at the table, but it’s the host who makes the final decision. It is, after all, his house, and his party; he’s the one who gets to assign the seats. And if what Jesus is really talking about here is the Kingdom of God, and if the host is none other than God himself, then this parable begins to hum on a different wavelength.
A pope's name has strong symbolic significance. For Cardinal Bergoglio, choosing the name Pope Francis reflects a vow of care for human beings and the environment.
In publicly identifying Christianity with humility, Pope Francis has shown the world another way – a way that stands in sharp contrast with the practice of humiliation.
Humility is a key ingredient for interfaith dialogue to be successful. It helps us recognize that our brothers and sisters from other faiths have something to teach us – and vice versa.
It is never too late to clothe yourself with the garment of Christ. Do so, and see where the journey takes you.
I believe God is at work all the time, everywhere, and not only among the righteous. I believe he is working for the good of all his children, even those who don’t know him or don’t acknowledge him.
Only when we find the way of humility and seek to serve and not to be served will we be able to be what Henri Nouwen called, “wounded healers,” servants of God in this world.
In Jesus, God showed up as friend to the poor and weak and disfavored, not the divine tool God of the privileged and powerful.
Humility is at the heart of what it means to follow Christ. So next time you're at church, try taking the farthest parking spot. Others may need the closer ones more than you.
Here’s what I’m learning about the Christian life. It only really works when I practice the discipline of humility, when I let go of my need to control God and everybody else. It only works when God is actually in charge.
Who do you think is the greatest person of all time? What is the measure of greatness?
With the presence of almighty God in the tent of our soul, I am persuaded, with the Apostle Paul, that neither death, nor life, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall separate (or shake) us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
All races, all genders, all economic levels, all ages, all sexual orientations, whatever your circle of exclusion, God says they are all the center of God’s love in equal measure. No one is left out. No one is without God’s love and acceptance. We are God’s creation and we are loved … each and every one of us.
Patterns of terminations for clergy suggest that life as a minister in the 21st century is more stressful, more toxic and more likely to end in termination than ever before. How might we begin to turn this tide of turmoil?
There is only one religious response to the tragedy of the Nashville flood, and that is humility, which reminds us that we are in the dark as to why things happen.
Institutional Christianity has abandoned the way of Jesus as reflected in the synoptic Gospels, settling instead for a lesser version shaped by our sense of comfort and security. But change will come one heart at a time.
People hesitate to argue with a mechanic over the best way to fix an engine or with a surgeon over the best way to replace a hip. Why do so many have no hesitation to dismiss scientists about climate change?
I think that you and I can be this kind of person. It will not be easy in our culture and will require help. You’ll need people who inspire and encourage you, like this widow did Jesus. This church is one place you will find people like this. Come join us on our journey of faith.
We can't seem to escape thinking of ourselves and our relationships in terms of position and power. However, it's only when we find the way of humility that we can extend the hand of help to people.
We are God’s children, all of us, sons and daughters of God called to be a part of this large family. And God has called us to be a part of this work. So let us all commit ourselves to hide our love for each other less and be honest, to meet each other in the places where we hurt, because all of us hurt at one time or another, and then celebrate the unity of Christ’s love. Let us learn the greatness of serving one another and commit ourselves to meeting human needs, no matter how alienated we find them. Let us commit ourselves to the fact that this church will be open to all who are alienated from God and that we will seek to open not only our doors, but our hearts as well. For in reality, it is our brokenness itself that makes us more human. And it’s in our healing that we being to reflect the image of God. May God take our brokenness and woundedness and make us healers for God’s sake and for the sake of the world.
Don’t we all need to come today – not like the Pharisee, with poisonous pride, but like the tax-gatherer, with brokenness and with contrite hearts, receiving the justification that comes from a spirit of humility and the acknowledgment of the need for a Savior.