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Contemporary Applications of Humility from Teachings of the New Testament

God’s people become powerful only to the degree they love others. Christian believers love others through service.

Both Farley and Feldmeier recognize that humility is an essential virtue for the Christian believer. Whether ordained or lay workers, believers are called to share the good news of Jesus’s sacrifice for all people. In word or in deed, believers must be committed to live out the virtue of humility to be effective. Although written for a different audience and taking a different approach, both books have something to teach readers. Farley is more prescriptive, giving readers a clear mandate for evangelization. Feldmeier is more reflective; thus, readers will infer more about how they should respond. Farley’s book is more conversational; Feldmeier’s work is more academic in tone. A potential negative for some readers of Farley’s book will be his gender exclusive language; although women are included in his mandate, preachers are apparently only men. The academic nature of Feldmeier’s work tends toward more inclusive language, in part because he does not address the audience directly. Either book could be a helpful resource for preachers (women or men) and others who want to address the problem of sin and its solution.

Reviewed by Michelle Vondey

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Category: Ministry, Summer 2016

About the Author: Michelle Vondey, Ph.D. (Regent University) and M.Div. (Church of God Theological Seminary), has more than twenty years’ experience working in non-profit organizations. Her interests are focused mainly on developing followers in their roles in organizations. She teaches courses in leadership, critical reasoning, and Christian discipleship. 2012 dissertation LinkedIn

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