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.
Many early Americans, including most of the Founders, understood that in order for a nation to thrive and prosper, God’s Word must provide the basis for the government and the welfare of society. I’m not suggesting a theocracy, nor were the Founders, but I am suggesting a return to Judeo-Christian values.
Locusts and leprosy are the quintessential biblical calamities, but few of us in the West have experienced either personally. In some parts of the world, they are far more familiar. In fact, right now, upwards of 13 million people in East Africa face famine as the result of locust swarms.