Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
Clergy burnout still abounds. Now comes an antidote: a collection of reflections centering on a lost note today, “joy” in ministry. The Joy of Ministry contains eight theological reflections on ministry to help pastors recognize their identities and the joy in the midst of their ministry of sharing the gospel. Rooted in the writings of Karl Barth and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Thomas Currie reminds readers of the basis for the church’s ministry in what God has done in Jesus Christ and ways the gospel joy is expressed in ministry in the church.
“I profited greatly from Tom Currie’s wonderfully theological perspective on an often-neglected aspect of Christian discipleship.” —William Willimon, Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church