Three years ago I wrote this about Joshua Harris’s Dug Down Deep :
The last chapter on “Humble Orthodoxy” is best of all. If you read nothing else in this book, read at least its last chapter.
I’m glad that Josh has expanded that chapter into a little book:
Josh’s basic thesis is that we must both (1) “care deeply about the truth” and (2) “defend and share this truth with compassion and humility” (p. 5). He rejects what he calls “arrogant orthodoxy” and “humble heterodoxy” (pp. 6–7).
The book is short. You can easily read the book in one sitting. It’s 83 pages, but it’s really just about 60 pages (the study guide starts on page 63), and the size is only 4.7 x 6.5 inches.
- D. A. Carson. “I suppose the opposite of humble orthodoxy is arrogant orthodoxy—a rather ugly pairing of words since ‘orthodoxy’ takes us to King Jesus, who is ‘gentle and humble in heart.’ Defending orthodoxy, a perennially urgent responsibility, so easily degenerates into our defending ourselves and our opinions, a perennially deceptive form of idolatry. May this short book by Joshua Harris encourage many to love and articulate the truth with the same tears of compassion that Jesus shed over the city.”
- Jason Meyer. “I love the message of Humble Orthodoxy. It further fueled the fire within me for a passionate commitment to truth that would put me on my knees instead of puffing me up. God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble. I pray that God will use the message of this book to topple tall towers of pride that are so out of place in the church of Jesus Christ. May pure worship flow from humble orthodoxy!”
- John Piper. This recommendation is indirect. Josh explains in the acknowledgments, “After I spoke on humble orthodoxy, John Piper strongly exhorted me to write a small book on the subject. But I didn’t follow his advice exactly. Instead, I wrote a larger book called Dug Down Deep, with the closing chapter titled ‘Humble Orthodoxy.’ (I suppose the lesson in all this is to do what John Piper tells you the first time.)” (p. 83).
The book is convicting and motivating. Here are some excerpts:
- There is nothing more unloving than to be silent in the face of lies that will ruin another person. (p. 11)
- The solution to arrogant orthodoxy, then, is not less orthodoxy. It’s more. (p. 30)
- [paraphrasing Justin Taylor] Humility leads to orthodoxy, and orthodoxy leads to humility. (p. 32)
- Do you want to keep your orthodoxy humble? Try to live it. (p. 37)
- I can think of three ways Christian people are living for the approval of someone other than God. . . .
-  Many Christians today seem preoccupied with the past generation and what they did or didn’t do right. And so instead of living for the approval of God, they are busy reacting to people who have already gone on. It’s a dangerous thing to react to something besides God’s Word. . . .
-  Some Christians, driven by a desire to reach lost people, cross the line from trying to reach our culture and start trying to impress our culture. . . .
-  Some Christians make the opposite mistake from the last one: they turn their back on culture altogether. They lock themselves in their little Christian subculture, move into their little Christian ghetto, and make their focus impressing other people within their little Christian clique. (pp. 49–50)