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.”