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Question: Why historically have only men been ordained for the pastoral ministry?

Question: Why historically have only men been ordained for the pastoral ministry?

It’s not a question of whether or not one of the sexes can do it as well or better than the other.  It’s a question of orderliness, an order determined by God himself.  It’s a question of service to God and to one another that leads both Christian men and Christian women to respect God, respect his order and respect each other.

Question: What exactly does the term "divine call" mean?

Question: What exactly does the term "divine call" mean?

As I’m formulating an answer to this question, our daughter from the Fox Cities forwarded a television news link.  The reporter describes an ongoing investigation of an apparent drive-by shooting that happened last night directly across the street from the parsonage where she and our son-in-law live.  The house was sprayed with bullets and a man inside was wounded in the head.  I didn’t think this was that tough of a neighborhood, but evidently more so than I expected.  And, as always – and especially when dangerous things are happening – the angels of God are present to protect God’s believing people.  But, the question still pops into a parent’s mind: “Are they living in the right spot?!”  The answer is “yes”.  Our son-in-law is called by God through the people of the church to this place.  This is where he is supposed to be.  This is where God wants him to serve – bullets and all – with his blessing.   It’s a divine calling.  And, that’s reassuring to know!