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A Confident Humility

Start Date: Mar 31, 2019

Almost all self-help books emerge from one of two flawed views of the self, and these mutually exclusive ditches are destructive. The Ditch of Smallness says that people are fundamentally bad and that humanity’s greatest spiritual threat is pride. The Ditch of Bigness says the exact opposite: people are fundamentally good, and shame is our greatest danger. Dan Kent presents a third view, a road between the ditches. He shows how the humility Jesus revealed offers the most accurate and freeing view of the self. Whereas shame and arrogance are dysfunction steroids (making our depression darker, our anxiety tighter, our addictions stickier, and so forth), humility, as Jesus teaches it, counteracts shame and pride, thereby subverting two major psychological forces that thwart us. Whereas the ditches both lead to powerlessness and passivity, humility as Jesus teaches it is empowering, fosters proactivity, and serves as a scaffold for true confidence. Once we embrace this new way of seeing ourselves–how Jesus sees us–we begin to relate to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us in a way that allows us to overcome a whole host of vices and self-sabotaging behaviors. In this 8 week course, Dan Kent unpacks his forthcoming book: Confident Humility: Becoming Your Full Self Without Becoming Full of Yourself.

Sundays from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m – No class Easter Sunday

Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Dan Kent

Dan does freelance writing and pro bono comedy. He knows how to interpret Ink Blot tests, and has taught at Woodland Hills for the past 17 years. He does a podcast with Greg Boyd called “Greg Boyd: Apologies and Explanations.” Dan is a writer whose first book “The Training of KX12” is now available on Kindle.

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