Suffering and Joy: The Ministry as Participation in Christ's Cross

Monday, 06 Aug 2007

The pattern that Christ has established for his ministers is his own path of suffering and joy. This understanding was impressed upon me in a very powerful way a few years ago when I returned home from Saudi Arabia, where I had served as a military chaplain in a Marine infantry battalion as part of Operation Desert Storm. Beyond a doubt, that experience was at once the most painful and the most joyful I have ever had in the ministry. After the war was over, and we were coming back to the States, I came home in ...

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