Out of Ur blog features these contradictory responses to suffering in an article that also promotes a “Fail Epic Pastor Conference.”
Our visceral response to the idea that someone would consider inviting pastors to a conference about and for failed pastors highlights how suffering/failure adverse we are.
Paul said God’s work was perfected through the apostle’s weakness. James said we should rejoice at the imminent growth when we suffer. Yet our pro-comfort society pushes us to flee suffering and to deny the presence of what pain we can’t avoid.
Elton Trueblood once wrote a book on Christian community called The Company of the Committed.” The above article and truth it exposes makes me interested in finding a “Fellowship of the Failed.”