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October 29, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The world doesn't revolve around you

I still remember where I was the day I realized that the world did not revolve around me. I was in Washington D.C., 21 years old, sitting in the top section of RFK Stadium at a Promise Keepers conference. All around me, thousands of men from all over the country stood, many with their arms raised to the sky, worshiping their God. As the swell of their voices echoed around the stadium, a sweet sound in our Lord’s ears, I suddenly realized that I was not the center of the universe. I was just one among many who had gathered that day to worship God and to commit our lives to His service....Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, pride

September 10, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Pride and the problem of evil

This past Sunday, I began preaching through the book of Revelation. One of the key takeaways from chapter 1 is that our perspective on this world is incredibly limited. We may believe that “reality” consists of what we can see, touch, hear, taste, and smell, but the Bible, and Revelation in particular, reveals to us that there is a whole unseen spiritual reality that is more real than the transitory things that inhabit the material world. In a Tim Keller lecture that I was listening to recently, he shared an implication of that truth that I had never considered. ...Keep Reading

Tags: Suffering, pride

July 30, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Less of me, more of God

In the last chapter Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, he writes vividly about the spiritual battle that we are in and our need to be clothed in the armor of God, supported by the prayers of God’s people. Every once in a while, there are weeks where being a pastor feels like running a marathon while simultaneously trying not to get taken out by the flaming arrows of the evil one, while you watch some of your running partners get knocked out of the race. This is one of those weeks....Keep Reading

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August 16, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Judge not...

This past Sunday, I preached on pride, humility, and wisdom. I joked about it from the pulpit, but for most of us (including me), I would bet that as we listened, we had someone else in mind that we were hoping was listening or that should have been there listening. Because, after all, THAT PERSON has an issue with pride, not us. Hopefully as the sermon went on, we all realized just how much of a problem we all have with pride. In keeping with the theme of pride, I want to share an excerpt from a Charles Spurgeon sermon that I read recently and found especially encouraging and challenging:...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: pride, humility

October 21, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The scandal of pride

Today‘s Pulse includes a section from a recent blog post by Pastor John Ortberg on the website. The post was a response to the recent resignation of Mark Driscoll, pastor of the megachurch Mars Hill Church in Seattle, and the summary given by the Mars Hill Board of Overseers. I found Pastor Ortberg‘s insights, as well as the C.S. Lewis quote, to be very insightful and worthy of reflection. Here are Pastor Ortberg‘s words: I was struck by the language quoted in news reports yesterday to describe this situation. The pastor, the board said, had been guilty of arrogance‘"along with other attitudes and behaviors associated with arrogance. But had not been charged with ‘œimmorality.‘ When did arrogance cease to be immoral?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Sin Tags: pride, Mark Driscoll

May 7, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Are you poor in spirit?

Jesus‘ Sermon on the Mount begins with this counterintuitive statement ‘" ‘œBlessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.‘ In other words, Jesus declares that God‘s favor is not on the spiritually self-sufficient, those who exalt and justify themselves and think that their good works have made them righteous in God‘s sight. Instead, God‘s favor is on those who are spiritually bankrupt, who realize that in themselves they have nothing of spiritual significance to offer to God, but are completely dependent upon His grace and mercy. By the time Jesus is declaring to his disciples that they need to ‘œbe perfect as their heavenly father is perfect‘ (Matthew 5:48), I am sure Jesus‘ disciples were all thanking God that God‘s favor is on the spiritually bankrupt who recognize their utter dependence upon God for their righteousness, because none of them have measured up to Jesus‘ commands. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: pride, humility, poor in spirit