Humility 2.0

I sometimes wonder why some people I respect in real life, and who show all the hallmarks of humility have such arrogant online profiles or personal webpages.

I won’t link to them – but as a general rule they’re as good as they say they are. It just seems a little arrogant to claim to be as good as you are – though I was accused recently of being a typical Australian with tall poppy tendencies – so maybe that’s it.

I wonder if having an online brand blows the idea of humility out of the water. Certainly social media encourage talking about yourself in the third person – but the fact that you feel compelled to write a bio of yourself on your webpage highlighting your field of expertise does not lend itself to humility.

That is all.

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Nathan runs St Eutychus. He loves Jesus. His wife. His daughter. His son. His other daughter. His dog. Coffee. And the Internet. He is the campus pastor at Creek Road South Bank, a graduate of Queensland Theological College (M. Div) and the Queensland University of Technology (B. Journ). He spent a significant portion of his pre-ministry-as-a-full-time-job life working in Public Relations, and now loves promoting Jesus in Brisbane and online. He can't believe how great it is that people pay him to talk and think about Jesus.

4 thoughts on “Humility 2.0”

  1. I do it in the hope that someone will give me gigs. It’s also means I can give someone my card and they can look up my page and read my bio and listen to my samples.. yep, it’s a brand really.

    1. Yeah, see as far as I’m concerned it’s fine for a performer, artist or photographer to have an online portfolio – but what about a minister? A Christian speaker or philosopher?

      And then what about a Christian minister who is also a musician of some repute…

      It just seems like there’s a blurring of preacher and performer and testimony and testimonial.

    1. We could play Guess Who?… give me some physical characteristics of your guesses and I’ll tell you if you’re right or wrong…

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