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The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness

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Gavin Ortlund (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Ojai in Ojai, California. He is the author of several books and runs the popular YouTube channel Truth Unites. Gavin and his wife, Esther, have five children. 
Gavin Ortlund challenges common misconceptions about humility, asserting that it goes beyond hiding talents or appearing weak. In "Humility: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness," he defines humility as self-forgetfulness leading to joy, emphasising its liberating nature from ego constraints. 

Ortlund, drawing from biblical and historical sources, presents humility as a mark of gospel integrity, offering practical insights for its cultivation. The book paints a vision of a gospel-centred, humble life, rooted in the example of Jesus Christ's incarnation and death.

Additional Resources

 2 Ways Leaders Can Exemplify Humility to Those under Their Authority - An Article by Gavin Ortlund

Ortlund eloquently emphasises the profound impact leaders have on others, either fostering a culture of flourishing, freedom, and joy through humble leadership or unwittingly creating a coercive and abusive environment. This short article provides two insights for leaders in cultivating gospel-centred humility.

2. Humility with Zero “Buts” - An Article by Scotty Smith

Delve into the profound message of humility and repentance found in Psalm 51:1-2 with this compelling article. Engage with this insightful piece that not only explores the beauty of genuine humility but also challenges readers to embody it in their relationships.

3. 5 Exercises in Theological Humility - An Article by Brandon D. Smith

The article unpacks the profound message behind Paul's exhortations on love, urging readers to reflect on their own theological attitudes and behaviours.