Sermo Humilis ~ Humble Speech
“Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it.
…and you will find rest for your souls.”
Sermo Humilis was championed by the early church for it’s plain speech. In contrast to high and lofty speech (Sermo Sublimis) and coarse speech (Sermo Vulgaris), Sermo Humilis sought to relay timeless truths to everyday people in humble, yet beautiful ways1.
It was clear, coherent and thoughtful. It was humble speech in that it sought to submit to the word of God and not the word of man.
It may have been simple or complex but it had a point and the point was clear. And so it was capable of piercing the heart, enlightening the mind and moving the soul with words of meaning.
Welcome to Sermo Humilis. A Home for Digital Discipleship
Sermo Humilis is a place for Christian Discipleship. It’s for those who want to walk on the ancient paths set down by our Creator. It’s for those who are willing to divide things that differ. Sermo Humilis is for those who want to feed on what is true, what is beautiful and what is good.
Sorry, No Qualifications
In the spirit of the Gospel (John 6:53), Sermo Humilis is not the place I am likely to make lengthy qualifications. I know that the ‘what ifs’, ‘buts’ and ‘maybe’s’ exist – but I will rarely include them here.
The Bit About Me
My name is David and I live in Australia with one wife and four children. I’m a Christian man who came to know Jesus Christ when I was 15 years old. Since then I have been studying the Word of God and the world we live. I have served as a minister in Australia and on the mission field in West Africa, Vietnam and Myanmar.
Right now I am designing websites, trying to keep the chickens in and working hard to raise my children well and honouring the most godly person I know, my wife.
Sermo Humilis is my way of fulfilling an ongoing passion for ministry and discipleship. It’s for the encouragement of those believers who are trying to hold the fort in their own lives, families and neighbourhood.
If you have helped me out through support on this site, thank you. Your support goes to keeping the family wheels turning and God-willing, the increase of His Government (Isaiah 9:7).
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)
One More Thing
I read like Homer Simpson eats bacon. One of the downsides is that sometimes the thoughts go in but the author gets left behind. I try and find my own words and I always try to reference other peoples’ words. If I fail and you find something here that belongs to you, please let me know and I will happily give you credit.
All images and videos are released under Creative Commons CC0.
With thank to Unsplash and Pixabay.
Bible references are generally taken from the ESV Bible.
1 Style in Late Classical and Medieval Latin: Literary Language and Its Public in Late Latin Antiquity and in the Middle Ages. (Erich Auerbach p. x+408. London: Routledge, 1965)
See also Wikipedia, Late Latin.