Reluctant Rejoicing

What we’ve been through in ministry may not seem to qualify as suffering, at least not of biblical proportions. Yet ministry has exhausted many of us. Sticks and stones might have been less painful than the blunt force trauma of the words we’ve heard and the abandonment by people we’ve loved and served. Such things qualify as suffering.

“The Magnificent Defeat”

“So Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him.” Oh, make no mistake, he was no mere man. Buechner called that struggle Jacob’s “magnificent defeat” – or was it the Wrestler who was defeated? Here’s this week’s column from