With apologies to Charles Dickens, the Christian ministry could be described as the best of jobs and the worst of jobs. It is indeed a high calling to be a minister of the Word of God. Ministers are subjected to criticism and scorn; they are belittled, viewed as oddballs, sometimes overworked, often under-appreciated. “We are the scum of the earth,” says Paul.
In these two metaphors – and six others like them – found in his letters to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul reveals both the glories and the struggles of the Christian ministry. David Bast reflects on the meaning and implications of these metaphors from 1 and 2 Corinthians, images of ministry that picture for servants of Jesus Christ.
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