I think church history has hit the nail of the doctrine of sin on the head…and that sin makes us curve in on ourselves. That means I must be very careful with introspection. What starts out as a look for sinful idols quickly becomes a fascination with me. We are self-focused. As one quip in a movie notes, 'Enough of my talking about me. What do you think about me?' It is of note that if we ran a special seminar in our church on the character of God we might have a decent turnout — but if we ran a seminar on knowing our gifts, knowing ourselves, being free to be ourselves — it would be flooded with participants (this is not a theoretical illustration, I have seen it happen). People think a sermon is good if it in some way is about them — we call that "relevance."