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Experiencing Honor and Dishonor

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Here’s an excerpt from Experiencing Honor and Dishonor, Matthias Lohmann’s contribution to the February issue of Tabletalk:

As a fairly new Christian, I was honored for my individual performance as a soccer player. I was very unsure how to respond. I could feel how this honor was feeding my pride, and I knew that pride is sinful. Today, in my vocation as a pastor, the challenge remains. Every Sunday, as I stand at the door after the service, I hear from congregants who walk up to me to praise my sermon. At one point, I decided to think of ways to respond to this in an attempt not to be (or just appear?) prideful. I simply responded by saying, “Yes, it’s a great Bible text,” thus ignoring the honor given in regard to the sermon itself.

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