Tested by Fire – Episode 238

Tested by Fire

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Pastor Robert Bugh

Published: November 28, 2020

When the heat of trials come, it should drive us to God, not away from Him.


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Show Notes:

Pastor Robert Bugh, author of the book When the Bottom Drops Out, talks to Rev. Percy McCray about being thrust into a caregiver role after his wife was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a relatively rare blood cancer. Pastor Bugh, who had been married for 27 years with four children, shares with Rev. McCray how he attempted to create an atmosphere of hope during his wife’s cancer battle. He declares to Rev. McCray, “How you do in a crisis is not necessarily determined in the moment of the crisis, but in the days, weeks, months and years leading up to that crisis.”

While pastoring a growing congregation, Pastor Bugh decided to go public with his wife’s diagnosis and shared the journey he and his wife experienced with his congregation. “I want people in my church to be able to face and talk about the problems they are dealing with,” he says.


  • “I learned mercy, not just taking care of my wife, but wheeling her through the airport.”
  • “… believes that in transparency people find emotional and spiritual healing.”
  • “I had to really check my emotions.”
  • “I started to go to a dark place emotionally.”

Pastor Robert Bugh’s book: When the Bottom Drops Out
Tyndale Publishing