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Friday Five Interview: Joshua Harris

Can Christians be both humble and orthodox? We asked a popular pastor and the author of a new book.

For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Joshua Harris. Joshua is the Senior Pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland and the author of several bestselling books. His latest is Humble Orthdoxy.

Today we chat with Joshua and asked him to define "humble orthodoxy" and why he recently chose to reveal a very personal secret to his church.


Can you explain the idea of humble orthodoxy?

It's a simple idea, really. Truth matters, but so does our attitude. It's vital that we be committed to orthodox Christian belief, but we also need to defend and share this truth with compassion and humility towards others. I want to remind believers that to glorify Jesus we need both humility and orthodoxy—we can't choose one or the other.

Many who champion orthodoxy may not see the need for humility, and vice versa. Can we be both civil and courageous?

It's not easy. I know I certainly haven't arrived. But, yes, I believe we can be civil and courageous because it's what the gospel demands and Christ enables us to do. It's so important to see that Jesus' redeeming work for us is both the motivation and the ...

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