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All articles & reviews tagged with humility

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January 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Dealing with criticism

‘Save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me, lest they tear me like a lion, rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver’ (Psalm 7:1-2). How do you react when you are criticised for who you are or what you do? Do you automatically become defensive and start screaming…

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November 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The problem of answered prayer

Last month we reflected on the absurd approach of ‘prayer experiments’ which assume a kind of slot machine view of how prayer is supposed to work, with God as the Great Provider, jumping to do our bidding. But let us approach this from a different direction and ask: ‘why should God answer prayer at…

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June 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Too busy to rest?

Some time ago, I was talking to some colleagues from the organisation I worked for before I joined Mission Aviation Fellowship. One had come from Australia and said that, because of his work, he spent half his life with his family, and the rest travelling between various countries. After a detailed account of his…

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September 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Humility: a neglected Christian virtue?

‘I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think’, wrote the apostle Paul (Romans 12:3). An apocryphal story relates how, at the funeral of a successful businessman, tribute was paid to him, saying, ‘Bob was a self-made man, and he worshipped his maker’. Humour apart,…

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August 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Teach us how not to pray

‘But He has to do it; it says so in His Word!’ I’m pretty sure it was the worst prayer meeting I’ve ever attended! A friend had mentioned how people in the flat above were making life intolerable with their door-slamming, aggressive language and loud music. At the end of her tether, she needed…

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April 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Beatitudes

There is a sublime paradox in the first two Beatitudes. We do not readily associate blessedness with poverty or mourning. That seems a contradiction in terms. Last month we saw that the Beatitudes describe the marks of the disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ - the 'hallmarks' of true Christian experience. We now turn…

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August 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Forbearance

Janice lost the chance to get a great job when her husband Marvin failed to mail the application she had so laboriously prepared. When Marvin discovered the letter under a pile of second class mail on his desk, the deadline was past. He was devastated at his carelessness. He tried to apologise but it…

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