In a recent article I was quoted in, another pastor share that if he had known the "ugly side" of pastoring, he may not have considered becoming one. I understand how this pastor feels, yet my experiences have driven me to draw a different conclusion. I have found that the hardest times in ministry have confirmed my calling as a pastor. It’s in these moments I have experienced the most profound expressions of God’s love and grace.
Membership in healthcare sharing organizations has grown rapidly since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Over one million Americans are currently part of a healthcare sharing program based on Christian principles.
Based on this anecdotal evidence, I know that a lot of evangelicals will vote for Trump again. I’ve even met a few evangelicals who voted for a third-party candidate in 2016 but plan to vote for Trump in 2020 because he appoints conservative Supreme Court justices, fights for religious liberty (as defined by conservative evangelicals) and defends the interests of Israel. But I have also met people who voted for Trump in 2016 and are looking for a justification — any justification — to vote for a Democrat in 2020.
There is a strain of apocalyptic doom in all of Christianity. Both Old and New Testaments encourage readers to pay attention to the world around them and to be alert for signs of divine activity, especially for the time of God’s coming judgment. The Apostle Paul warned that “the Lord will come like a thief in the night” and that Christians must be “alert and sober.” While expressly forbidding his disciples to wait on the end times, Jesus, in his great eschatological discourse in the Gospel of Mark, told his disciples: “Be on guard. Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.”