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December 24, 2008


Keller on Advent Humility – HAPPY CHRISTMAS one and all!

by quaesitor
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Christian humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less, as C. S. Lewis so memorably said. It is to be no longer always noticing yourself and how you are doing and how you are being treated. It is “blessed self-forgetfulness.”

So says Tim Keller in his article THE ADVENT OF HUMILITY. I’ve been waiting for it to come online for days, ever since reading it in this month’s CT. It’s vintage Keller – providing a very helpful distillation of his thinking on how the gospel impacts the worksy moral performers and the works-shy (if I can put it like that!). But by linking this all into the issue of humility, Keller comes out with this real pearl:

I do hope to clarify, or I wouldn’t have written on the topic at all. But there is no way to begin telling people how to become humble without destroying what fragments of humility they may already possess…

…So let us preach grace till humility just starts to grow in us.

Happy Christmas everyone – and may the wonder of the Incarnation thrill you afresh with that ground-breaking, life-changing, God-revealing Grace.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. sandysays1
    Dec 24 2008

    Some truly thoughtful sentiments. Thanks for sharing. Visit me at and read “Claus and the Consultant,” and get some holiday laughs.


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