Uncomfortable Grace

Paul Tripp, speaker at our PTG Pastor's Conference, spoke this morning on pastoral suffering and God's uncomfortable grace in it (and I paraphrase):

In our suffering, often we want the grace of release instead of the grace of refinement.  We cry out for God's grace and we don't realize we're getting it in that very moment.  It's uncomfortable grace ... not a pillow or a blanket, but a velvet brick.

... I fear that many pastors hold themselves up as portraits for their people instead of windows to see the hope of our Redeemer.  We need to resurrect a culture of pastoral weakness, and God uses suffering (uncomfortable grace) to do that.

Look for more posts to come from the conference as well as audio from my friend, Justin Taylor's messages.