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We don’t get to choose between humility and orthodoxy. We need both.

Orthodoxy, for the faithful, evokes what’s cherished and beautiful and eternal. Yet in our day, orthodoxy is too often wielded like a weapon, used to bludgeon others with differing points of view. The word has become associated with behavior like argumentative, annoying, and arrogant.

It’s time for God’s
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Multnomah (first published January 1st 2013)
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I was given this book free of charge by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are mine and have not been influenced in one way or another by the generosity of the publisher.

Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris is a small but impactful book on the need for Christians to hold fast to orthodox doctrines while maintaining an air of humility. It was written in the simple but clear style which characterizes Harris's other writings. This book would be a
Jason Isaacs
Adapted from the material of a chapter in a previous book, “Humble Orthodoxy” takes a fresh look at a tension common in Evangelicalism today- how do we defend the core tenants of the Christian faith while maintaining a humble, loving attitude to those who are knowingly or unknowingly disassembling the central claims of orthodox Christianity?

The message of this book is timeless, and I hope it will help foster fresh dialogue within the Church. The speed of cultural and theological shifts in the
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
"...we must care deeply about truth, and we must also defend and share this truth with compassion and humility." AMEN! I loved this book. It's sure to be a re-read. Why is it so hard for followers of Christ to find the balance between orthodoxy and humility? Harris addresses the issue in a loving way with great conviction and insight.
Alexis Neal
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, freeviewed
Why are all the truly orthodox Christians--the doctrinally minded, theologically sound ones--complete jerks? Why are nice, loving Christians typically wishy-washier than Charlie Brown? Is there a way to love your neighbor andlove truth, to uphold good teaching without being an arrogant ass? According to Joshua Harris, the two qualities--humility and orthodoxy--not only canbe combined, but shouldbe.

Clocking in at just over 50 pages (not counting the study guide and other extra material),Humble
Paul Degraaf
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
John's gospel describes Jesus as displaying the glory of God the Father by being "full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). In his short book, Humble Orthodoxy, Joshua Harris offers helpful instruction in our pursuit of these qualities as followers of Jesus Christ. Our human tendency is to focus on one to the exclusion of the other. However, we must view these as equally valuable virtues to be constantly held in tension. Harris admits: "There is a fine line between contending for the truth and being ...more
James Hutton
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Sometimes it is necessary to be rebuked in order to see our faults. This correction can help us move toward change that results in us being more like Christ. As I reflect on Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris, that is the concept that comes to my mind.

It is an extremely short book. The font size is large, the pages are small, it only has 4 sections, and If you exclude the study guide at the end, it is only 61 pages in length. But despite it’s small size, it can make an impressive impact on the
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
While it makes for an atypical review, I want to share a bit of my testimony:

My time in graduate school was frustrating. As I’d soon learn, however, I was the source of my own frustration.

My degree focused on the "practical" aspects of ministry (mentoring, biblical counseling, educational models, etc...), and I often found myself frustrated by the apparent lack of theological depth in many of the current models. Said another way, I was a new Calvinist, and—in my mind—these models didn't rely on
Monique S. (The Ginger Librarian)
This author recently announced that he has lost his faith in Jesus and is no longer a Christian. Such sad news. I pray that God continues to pursue him and speak to his heart. My opinions of his books have changed however... I no longer feel I can trust his advice on relationships or faith, when he abandoned both his marriage and his faith... and he is very openly claiming that in doing this, he feels "very much alive, and awake, and surprisingly hopeful", which is very concerning. I hope and ...more
David Yaraschefski
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finkenwalde
This book was fantastic - what a great message. It IS possible to hold true to what the Bible says, but do so in a loving way that builds others up rather than tears people down.

Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
Great book by Joshua Harris. Very concise and easy to read. He wrote a lot of statements that really make you think and reflect on how you are living. He talks about truth and humility wonderfully!
John Gardner
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Three years ago, I wrote that "Humble Orthodoxy," the final chapter ofJoshua Harris' bookDug Down Deep,was worth the price of the book all by itself. Evidently, I wasn't alone in thinking so!

By popular demand, Harris has finally expanded and expounded the contents of that great chapter into its own book, and I'm so glad he did! Humility is sadly lacking in modern discourse, particularly in the realm of theological convictions. While the abundance of attention being given by evangelical authors
Jimmy Reagan
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Which one do we need: orthodoxy or humility? Both says Joshua Harris! In fact, we don’t have the luxury to choose one at the expense of the other. Or as the subtitle of this volume published by Multnomah says, we should be “holding the truth high without putting people down.” So what does that leave as the goal? What he calls humble orthodoxy.

This is actually a reworking of the last chapter of his Dug Down Deep. If I were forced to choose I would prefer that volume to this one as I really
Humble Orthodoxy, by Joshua Harris, is a concise booklet. It has only four chapters, spanning just 60 pages*. However, with those 60 pages, Harris writes about a message absolutely relevant to Christians today, and that’s one concerning love.

Humble Orthodoxy is a follow-up book to Harris’ Dug Down Deep. It’s practical and to the point. In Chapter One, “Your Attitude Matters,” Harris lays the groundwork for why this book is important. Too often, Christians are either too humble or too orthodox,
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith, 2013
The final chapter of Joshua Harris's last book, "Dug Down Deep", was entitled "Humble Orthodoxy". People loved that particular chapter so much that they expressed their desire that he write an entire book about the concept. Thus, the book "Humble Orthodoxy" was born. Taking the main points from the chapter of the same name and expanding on them, this short book (only 61 pages plus a study guide) is full of necessary and relevant truths that deserve to be discussed and wrestled with.

Since the
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris intrigued me. When I think of orthodoxy, it isn't a positive picture in my mind. But seeing the word humble with it made me interested in reading this book. Here on page 10 explains it well. "People often think of orthodoxy as lifeless and restrictive - a paint-by-numbers guide that stifles creativity." The good news is that it isn't supposed to be that way.

This is a short book with only 83 pages which includes discussion questions and acknowledgements. You
Brandon Lehr
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nobody likes a jerk.

Even a right jerk. I don't care how "right" their words may be, I'm not hearing it from them!

As bad as this situation is, it's devastating when the jerk is talking about Christ and his church. How many souls have been turned off to the Gospel because of situations like this one?

My wife has been telling me for years, "It's not what you say, but how you say it!" How can we share a message of mercy and grace when we act as though we possess neither?

Sadly, one of the biggest
Haley Keller
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Humble Orthodoxy. I was intrigued by it from the start, but even so, I ended up liking it more than I thought I would initially. It's a short book (only four chapters), so it's an incredibly quick read.

It touches on some things that I feel like should be common sense, but I know from what I've witnessed it too often isn't. I've seen a lot of Christians who are so caught up in "being right" that they often overlook the fact that we're supposed to love everyone and treat them with
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Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
This is a short book, easy to read in one sitting if you were so inclined. But it's so much deeper than that: you'll want to focus on it and think about it for awhile. There is a study guide at the back to help you do that. I could see this book being an excellent choice for a small group or adult (or teen) Sunday School class since it's divided into four easy chapters.

The main point of the book is that there are three easy errors and one biblical alternative: Arrogant heterodoxy (bad doctrine,
Liz Terek
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
No, it isn’t an oxymoron. Best-selling author, Joshua Harris’s newest book, ‘Humble Orthodoxy’, deals with keeping orthodoxy whi;le operating in love. This is quite a short book with 60 actual pages then a study guide. It’s length allows him to get straight to the point minus the fluff.
Utilizing the role of Pharisees during Jesus’ earthly ministry, he examines the pattern of how not to approach orthodoxy. Is it possible to think Kingdom-minded thoughts, but still love thy neighbor? Yes, it
Je lis donc je suis
This is really a 5+ stars book. It is one of the best books I have read in years, and it only took part of an afternoon to read. To know me is to know that I have reached a place where I question whether modern evangelicalism is sustainable. We live in an era of disposable Churches. It seems that nearly every evangelical Church is destined to be crippled by either mean spirited and pride based doctrinal squabbles or compromising the truth. Yet we dont worry too much about this disturbing reality ...more
Jason Kanz
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Joshua Harris's most recent book, Humble Orthodoxy (2013), is an important little book. I say little, because it weighs in at 61 small pages plus an added study guide. It is really not much more than an extended essay or what one other reviewer called a series of blog posts.

Having said that, the words that fill these 61 pages are important for many Christians today, particularly those of us who seem to enjoy living in the subculture of reformed theology and the Christian blogosphere where
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I appreciate Josh Harris' love for the Lord and for others in Humble Orthodoxy. Having a proper view of the Word of God and believing in solid Biblical theology and doctrine is a good thing, he says, but then, so is humility. Knowledge has a tendency to puff up, Harris reminds us. I loved this book because it was a needed exhortation to
1) have a proper view of God and the Gospel.

2) be humbled at how little we know of God, and how much we have to learn of Him.

So, the good I got from this book?
Victor Toh
Jun 18, 2015 is currently reading it
"One of the problems of orthodoxy is that it is usually brought up when someone is being reprimanded. So it has gotten a bad reputation, like an older sibling always peeking around the corner, trying to catch you doing something wrong.

I think every generation of Christians faces the temptation to buck orthodoxy for just this reason."

Does any of this matter to God? ... Or is this all just a matter of personality-- some people are nice, some people care about doctrine? Here's what I believe:
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Humble Orthodoxy, by Joshua Harris, in its simplest sense, is nothing new. It’s basically speaking the truth in love, and yet, I found this book to be a refreshing and timely message for society. The book is written for Christian laymen. I liked that it contained small boxes that highlighted key points throughout the text. Additionally, at the end of the book, Harris presents study questions. Orthodoxy sounds intimidating, and so, the small size of the book makes it portable and inviting. This ...more
Loraine Alcorn
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was able to review this nice little book through blogging for books.

Don't let its small size fool you its an awesome book on how to be more humble while not sacrificing you core beliefs. its hardcover so its built to last and fits really well in a handbag to take along.

I think this is one if the better book I have read about Humility and it would make for a fantastic gift.

Humble Orthodoxy: Holding the Truth High Without Putting People Down written by Joshua Harris really helps us dig deep into
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Joshua Harris wonders why so many of us with immaculate theology are such stupendous jerks. Really, I don't know why he had to write a book exploring this when he could have just asked--it's not like we're going to keep the answer a secret. We are such jerks because we are right. And when you are right, you have a moral and ethical obligation to proclaim that rightness to the world and in the face of anyone and everyone who would stand in your way. Don't like it? Well maybe you should have ...more
Joel Jackson
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Joshua Harris offers the church an extended tract on how we should be approaching God's Word and our faith in His Word at this time in history. He invites all of us to consider what we believe and then challenges us to remain consistent with the beliefs of Scripture while realizing that we may not always be right in our interpretation of Scripture. One of the most poignant things that Josh says is that when we get to heaven we will realize that only one has everything right and it will not be ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Here’s what I believe: truth matters … but so does our attitude. This is what I mean by humble orthodoxy: we must care deeply about truth, and we must also defend and share this truth with compassion and humility."

"Love for God and love for neighbor require us to oppose falsehood. There is nothing more unloving than to be silent in the face of lies that will ruin another person. Sometimes love demands that we say, “This philosophy, no matter how plausible or popular, is not true. This person,
Justin Clausen
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This short little book is a must read, probably by everyone, because everyone fits into the two categories talked about in the book. We are either orthodox jerks or are overly polite wishy washies. I suppose we've all been both one time or another. And that is where this book excels. It really is a very brief expositional over view of 2 Timothy where Paul is really saying the something to Timothy that Mr. Harris is saying to us.
Though Humble Orthodoxy speaks to both sides of the issue, it felt
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Joshua Harris lives outside Washington, D.C., in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he's a pastor at Covenant Life Church. His greatest passion is preaching the gospel and calling his generation to wholehearted devotion to God. Each January he leads a national conference for singles called New Attitude.
“The Holy Spirit did not go into such detail about the Pharisees in the New Testament just so we could understand a group unique to the first century. Pharisaism is a poisonous weed that grows in every garden of orthodox religion. Pharisaism is every bit the threat to the orthodox today that it was then.” 5 likes
“I won't pretend that I've arrived at humble orthodoxy. When I gain a bit of theological knowledge, I all too frequently get puffed up with pride. But I'll tell you what deflates my arrogance and self-righteousness faster than anything else: trying to live whatever truth I have.” 5 likes
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