Friday, July 20, 2018

Rediscovering Humility

Humility IS a Virtue 
New book calls the church to reclaim humility
as the central value of Christian faith and life. 

Most people think humility is a good thing to have . . . especially in someone else! But in today’s world of constant sharing, attention-seeking, and yes, prideful behavior, humility seems more out of fashion than ever. Even in our churches, where celebrity pastors build large platforms (to reach the unsaved, of course!), humility has fallen farther down the list of Christian virtues.

In his new book, Rediscovering Humility: Why the Way Up Is Down (New Growth Press, 2018), Christopher Hutchinson urges the church to place humility—both individually and corporately—back as the central goal of Christian life and the best way we can grow to be more like Jesus. Through compelling critiques, Hutchinson, a long-time pastor and first-time author, shows what happens when the church doesn’t value humility and offers suggestions for how Christians can better practice and promote humility in our time.

“Humble Christians should make humble—and therefore healthy—churches, but often our churches imitate the pride-inflating methodologies of our culture,” says Hutchinson. “By making humility one of their main goals, churches can make the gospel of God’s grace more plainly seen, and in Rediscovering Humility I offer some suggestions on how to do that.”

Offering a fresh and updated application of humility to our day, Rediscovering Humility calls for a return to the path of humility as the one pilgrimage most necessary for Christian faith. By showing humility in all its truth, beauty, and goodness, it becomes a value worth seeking—if never fully found—on this side of heaven.

While many books on humility offer guidance on personal piety, Hutchinson explicitly addresses what humility ought to look like, not just individually but corporately as a church, providing a path forward for pastors and church leaders to begin becoming “humble together.” A systematic and comprehensive treatment of humility that is structured around the three times Jesus addresses it in the Bible—how it is found, embraced, and applied—Rediscovering Humility should be required reading for all current and future church leaders looking to avoid the pitfalls of leadership. Individuals who have lost their appreciation for humility will discover why it is right on par, if not above, other popular Christian virtues like love and patience.

Stephen Estock, Coordinator, PCA Discipleship Ministries says, “In Rediscovering Humility, Chris Hutchinson serves as a gentle pastor, weaving together biblical truth, personal experience, and insights from poets and philosophers throughout history. This book will bless and challenge your soul. As you read, your love for Christ will grow—your love for his sacrifice to atone for your pride and for his enabling power to display true humility.”

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Christopher Hutchinson is Senior Pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Blacksburg, Virginia, and a graduate of Duke University (A.B.), and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div). Prior to entering the ministry, Chris served in the U.S. Army, including a combat tour during Operation Desert Storm. Chris and his wife, Kirstan, have two grown daughters, one a collaborative pianist studying in Arizona, and the other an artist studying in South Carolina. Chris is the author of Rediscovering Humility: Why the Way Up Is Down.

Rediscovering Humility: Why the Way Up Is Down 
By Christopher Hutchinson 
June 4, 2018
Retail Price: $17.99 Print 
ISBN 978-1-945270-96-3
eBook ISBN 978-1-945270-97-0 
RELIGION/Christian Life/Spiritual Growth


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