No better place exists for lifestyle evangelism than in a rural community. The opportunities for meaningful interactions with people are actually more plentiful in a rural community than in a suburban or urban setting.
David’s failed morally with Bathsheba because he was resting, rather than fighting along with his soldiers. As pastors engage in the good fight of faith, we must set up barricades to protect ourselves, our wives and families.
Almost everything small town pastors read and hear tells them the concept of “pastor as shepherd” is old-fashioned at best and harmful at worst. What’s a shepherd to do when his calling is called into question?