In keeping with my theme this week of self-examination, I thought I would highlight two things I found on Justin Taylor‘s blog.
The first was a post on self-promotion by Dane Ortlund. This really hits the mark and is a great provocation to us. Like many such pithy thoughts it is of course, however, one sided. There is nothing wrong with that as sometimes we do well to allow a truth, in this case “do not promote yourself” to hit us full in the face without nuancing it in that moment. If in every communication we make we try to be “balanced” we will never successfully communicate anything! So this is in no sense a criticism of Dane, who’s post I believe should be read by every Christian blogger, pastor, and well, probably every Christian.
How can we avoid self-promotion but seek to be influential in a healthy way? John Piper says it better than anyone I have ever heard in this video clip from 2008:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr5xbKnThK0