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Ministry Minded Podcast

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A show that seeks to marvel at the mercy of God that meets us in our messy ministries.
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Redeeming the time with Pastor Mike Gray.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I get to share a conversation my dad and I were able to have during our recent vacation in South Carolina on how to live fearlessly with “sound of mind” (2 Tim. 1:7) in these evil days. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Pastor Brad’s sermons Stonington Baptist Church sermons “The deeper magic of opportune obstacles,” article by yours truly “Of mud and marigolds,” article by yours truly Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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September 20, 2021
A much needed rest and holding fast to faith when it doesn’t make sense.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I share some reflections on a much-needed vacation spent with family as well as some timely encouragement on the providence of God, whose sovereignty is never in doubt. What’s in front of us and all around might make us believe otherwise. We are very easily swayed into declaring the “end of all things.” But even when all seems dismal, the almighty wisdom of God is still true. Even when all else is uncertain, we can cling to the certain hope of the Father (Heb. 6:19). Even when it doesn’t make sense, we can still have faith. Grace and peace. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Pastor Brad’s sermons Stonington Baptist Church sermons “When Faith Fails to Make Sense,” David Clay “Don’t Say No: The Ludicrous Nature of Faith,” Sam Bush “Camouflaged sovereignty and concern for God’s Word,” article by yours truly “The rock of truth in the storm of fake news,” article by yours truly Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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September 15, 2021
An assortment of biblical encouragement.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I recap some sermons and talk about how God’s grace gives us the freedom to be present, right now, where we are. I also highlight some articles from around the web that have proven enlightening and encouraging. May you be blessed by this brief episode. Grace and peace. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Pastor Brad’s sermons Stonington Baptist Church sermons “Grace for the now,” article by yours truly “On not minding what happens,” Oliver Burkeman “I’m Not Who I Want to Be,” article by yours truly “The Pastoral Heart of Bunyan,” Jake Tanner “Smells Like Groupie Spirit,” Randall R. Greenwald Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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August 30, 2021
Sensationalizing the present means we’ve turned a blind eye to the past.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I share some updates on this “beautifully exhausting” season of life and ministry, as well as the concrete hope of the Word to which the church can cling in times of doubt and fear and frenzy (Heb. 6:19). Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Pastor Brad’s sermons Stonington Baptist Church sermons “Afghanistan, a Twofold Kingdom, Serpents, and Doves,” R. Scott Clark The Christ Key: Unlocking the Centrality of Christ in the Old Testament, Chad Bird Trusting God in the Darkness, Christopher Ash “The ‘Rot’ of Evangelicalism Doesn’t Need Deconstruction. It Needs Church History,” Samuel D. James “The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill: Compliments & Cautions,” Jesse Randolph “Josh Harris’s Message Remains the Same,” Carl R. Trueman “Camouflaged sovereignty and concern for God’s Word,” article by yours truly Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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August 23, 2021
Thoughts on “The Chosen,” the only Word that matters, and the God who gets in the water with us.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I share some personal and ministerial updates for the week, as well as confess my affections for the newest Christian phenomenon, a.k.a., The Chosen. May you be blessed by these reflections. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons “The Chosen: A Review,” Zack James Cole “The Saving, Triune God at the River Jordan,” Kenneth Tanner “Jesus Was Also Baptized,” Fred Sanders Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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August 13, 2021
The God of our deepest need, the essence of humility, and the beautiful predictability of the ordinary means of grace.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I share some encouraging excerpts from 9Marks’ newest online journal, The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff. I also talk through 1 Kings 17 and how it might just be the best chapter to illustrate the habit of God to work in and through and with our suffering in order to reveal his saving power. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons The Christ Key: Unlocking the Centrality of Christ in the Old Testament, Chad Bird “The seriousness of sin and our cosmic salvation,” article by yours truly “The Freedom that Comes from Being Boringly Biblical,” Eric Bancroft “Good News, Ordinary Pastor! You Don’t Need a Winning Personality,” Dan Miller “‘The Word Did It All’: The Necessity of Preaching According to the Protestant Reformers,” Shawn Wright “Difficult Relationships,” Doug Wilson Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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August 5, 2021
On rest and resiliency in pastoral ministry with Josh Hedger.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am thrilled to share mine and Josh Hedger’s discussion of the pastorate and how modernity’s expectations of pastors can create unhealthy and unsustainable ministry environments. May you be blessed by this conversation notwithstanding your current ministerial context. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving, Bob Burns, Tasha Chapman, & Donald Guthrie MyCounselor.online The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus, Zack Eswine The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church-Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace, Jared C. Wilson Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
01:12:20
July 21, 2021
On the “deep magic” of a God who confounds sense and challenges faith.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I get to reflect on some prescient thoughts and themes that I’ve been considering lately through the course of my sermon series on Philippians, especially as it relates to the ways God confounds our sense and challenges our faith through his divine and sovereign “Deep Magic.” Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons “The deeper magic of opportune obstacles,” article by yours truly “In pretense or in truth: why Jesus plus nothing still equals everything,” article by yours truly “Don’t Panic,” Randall R. Greenwald “The Bird with a Leaf in Her Mouth,” Jared C. Wilson The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts, Dale Ralph Davis Your Old Testament Sermon Needs to Get Saved: A Handbook for Preaching Christ from the Old Testament, David M. King Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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July 13, 2021
7 reasons to not leave your church and other church membership wisdom with Pastor Mike Gray.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I share some updates on the podcast itself as well as talk through this past week’s sermons and why Psalm 131 constitutes, perhaps, the best picture of what it means to live the life of faith. I also get the thrill of sharing another conversation between myself and my dad, as he and I reflect on the past year of pastoral ministry and the unique challenges it presented. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons “Church Membership: Loving What Jesus Loves,” David Prince “Church Membership 101,” Jon English Lee “11 Weak Reasons to Leave a Church,” Chuck Lawless “Why the Way You Leave a Church is More Important than How You Came,” Chuck Lawless Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
01:34:24
June 30, 2021
Jesus’s incendiary sermon and the need for pastor-theologians.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I consider (again) Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount and I also highlight some recent articles from around the web that articulate the growing need for pastor-theologians. It is my aim to encourage the listener that theology isn’t meant to be sequestered in the halls of scholastic thought — it’s meant to richly rejoiced in, lived, and loved by one and all, in all walks of life. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons “On ministry transition in the middle of a pandemic and making sense of the atonement with Obbie Tyler Todd,” podcast from yours truly Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation “Pastor-Theologians,” Tom Ascol “The Challenges and Possibilities (and Continuing Need) for the Pastor Theologian,” Gerald Hiestand “Gerhard Forde: A Recommendation,” John W. Hoyum “The Evangelistic Zeal of the Vaxxers,” Michael Pohlman Christ and Calamity: Grace & Gratitude in the Darkest Valley, Harold Senkbeil On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation, 1518, Gerhard O. Forde Your Old Testament Sermon Needs to Get Saved: A Handbook for Preaching Christ from the Old Testament, David M. King Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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May 31, 2021
On ministry transition in the middle of a pandemic and making sense of the atonement with Obbie Tyler Todd.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am thrilled to be joined once again by my dear friend, Obbie Tyler Todd. In this lengthy dialogue, we reflect on an assortment of life- and church-lessons learned through the course of the pandemic. We also dissect his newest book, The Moral Governmental Theory of the Atonement: Re-Envisioning Penal Substitution, in which he endeavors to disseminate a thoroughly “American” doctrine of Christ’s atoning work and explain both its rise and fall from popular ecclesiastical favor. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: The Moral Governmental Theory of Atonement: Re-envisioning Penal Substitution, Obbie Tyler Todd “On Obbie Tyler Todd’s ‘The Moral Governmental Theory of Atonement’,” review by yours truly Church Elders: How to Shepherd God’s People Like Jesus, Jeramie Rinne Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples, Thom S. Rainer “Cutting through the glut of the theories of Jesus’s atonement,” article by yours truly “Camouflaged sovereignty and concern for God’s Word,” article by yours truly “7 Theories of the Atonement Summarized,” Stephen D. Morrison Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
01:44:30
May 27, 2021
On Justin Bieber and the grace of Jesus.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I share some time-management advice via Oliver Burkeman. Also, I get to interact with that massive GQ cover-story profiling the life of troubled pop-star, Justin Bieber. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons “The Redemption of Justin Bieber,” Zach Baron “Ballerina Babies, Soul Mate Parenting, Forgiveness as Activism, and the Gracious God of Justin Bieber,” Bryan J. “Episode 210: Don’t Stop Beliebing,” The Mockingcast “On Anthony Bourdain: We Were Not Made to be Famous,” Sarah Condon “Three or four hours,” Oliver Burkeman Seven Wonders of Grace, Charles Spurgeon Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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May 12, 2021
Opening a can of worms and continuing the legacy of the best Bible study ever.
It’s time for another edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast. In today’s show, I get to share some reflections on 1 Kings 11 and how the decline of Solomon’s empire actually points to the resolute truth of the God of all grace and the Governor of all history. Indeed, the fact that this history is extant for us at all points to a divine author behind it all. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons “How to Read the Bible in Context and Stay on Track,” Daniel Rowlands “Seeing Christ in the Shape of the Psalms,” Davy Ellison “Your Whole Bible Is About Jesus,” Matt Smethurst “The danger of the Aesop’s Fables Bible,” article by yours truly “Lessons from Luther’s Stand at Worms: 500 Years Ago Today,” The Gospel Coalition “Another 500th Anniversary: Luther at the Diet of Worms,” Ken Sundet Jones Succeeding at Seminary: 12 Keys to Getting the Most Out of Your Theological Education, Jason K. Allen Luther Examined and Reexamined: A Review of Catholic Criticism and a Plea for Revaluation, W. H. T. Dau Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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April 26, 2021
Preaching that lasts and pastoring for the long-run.
I’m back with another episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast! This time, I share some general thoughts on pastoral ministry before diving into some recent articles which have helped concretize my own convictions concerning the office of pastor. As a young man in ministry, I am so grateful to soak up resources like this which put me on a trajectory for long-term shepherding. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons The Gospel Coalition, Central PA Regional Chapter Spring Gathering “Advice to Young Preachers,” R. Scott Clark “Preaching That Lasts, Nick Batzig “The 8 Stages of Long-Term Pastoral Ministry,” Phil A. Newton “The prevailing necessity of the pulpit,” article by yours truly “The house that who built,” article by yours truly Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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April 20, 2021
Keeping the resurrection in view.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I reflect on last week in which the Church celebrated Easter Sunday and the good news of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead. I spend some time talking through some events and ministry moments that encouraged me in the knowledge the fact of the resurrection, which, I think, is the point of the whole thing. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com (Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!) Notes: “Not Escape, But Resurrection,” Cameron Hughes “The Mystery Unfolding, Grasping: A Maundy Thursday Reflection,” Jared C. Wilson “The Scandal of the Resurrection,” Tom Ascol “A Resurrection Faith Retains Its Power, But Not the Power We Crave,” David French Stonington Baptist Church sermons Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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April 5, 2021
On Luther, Limbaugh, and the league of the guilty.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I chat about a slew of articles that I’ve been chomping at the bit to share with you, including one that shows how Rush Limbaugh and Martin Luther were similar in use of language to make courageous stands for the truth. Of course, Limbaugh and Luther operated in very different fields of expertise, not to mention different centuries, but the truth holds: that we, in this moment, are given an abundance of reasons to “stand firm” in and for the “true grace of God” (1 Pt 5:12), even in this fiery trial. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!** Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons “Of Luther, Limbaugh, And Losers,” R. Scott Clark “Martin Luther would have ruled Twitter,” Tom Holland “The Liturgy of the Guilty,” Jonathan Bailes “Christian Preaching and ‘Public Health’: On Faithful Puritans & Our Fiery Trial,” Owen Strachan Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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March 18, 2021
On the settled Christian life with Jon Moffitt and Justin Perdue.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I get the privilege to talk with two-thirds of the Theocast crew, pastors and podcasters Jon Moffitt and Justin Perdue. In this encouraging and enriching discussion, we chat about the sufficiency of Christ throughout the life of the Christian and why it’s so important to know that all things are settled already because of Jesus’s work. You can rest, pilgrim. It is finished. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com → Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off! Notes: Faith vs Faithfulness: A Primer On Rest, Jon Moffitt, Justin Perdue, and Jimmy Buehler Jon Moffitt’s sermons Justin Perdue’s sermons “The Birthplace of Bad Theology,” Theocast “Dazed and Confused: John 15 and Bearing Fruit,” Theocast “Footnoting Grace,” Theocast Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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February 26, 2021
Thinking out loud about when a ministry leader falls.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I take some time to think out loud about how to deal with the egregious failings of ministry leaders. How can you make sense of their platform life and their personal life? What hope is there for them in the midst of their failure? And what grace is there for those feeling the repercussions of their fall? This is my attempt to articulate some of those thoughts. Soli Deo Gloria. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com → Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off! Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons “A Bag Full of Maggots,” Mike Pohlman Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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February 18, 2021
The comforting gospel of God’s substitution, Jesus as the hero, and the end of scorekeeping.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I reflect on the gospel of God’s comfort and the specific reason why it’s so comforting — namely, because we have a Substitute. I also talk about why Jesus is the true and better hero and why a religion of scorekeeping can never last. Soli Deo Gloria! Amen. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com → Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off! Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons “The Bible Warned Us About This,” David McLemore “Stop Keeping Score,” Arthur C. Brooks God—Our Contemporary, John Henry Jowett Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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February 11, 2021
The solid rock truth of Christ crucified.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I think through several different instances and examples which given evidence for the necessity of God’s truth — specifically, the solid rock truth of Christ made sin for us. Such is the only message the world needs to hear. And good thing, too, it’s the only message the church has. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com → Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off! Notes: Stonington Baptist Church sermons Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture, David Murray Lectures on the Law and the Gospel, Stephen Tyng “Preaching that Gives Certainty,” Bob Hiller “A Bright Light in a World of Gray,” Sam Bush Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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February 3, 2021
Mercy for the desperate, the story of Scripture, and gorging on the Bible.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I think through what it means that Jesus is our “great high priest” and why his is a ministry of mercy for the desperate. I also share some thoughts on the unfolding narrative of the Bible and why Christians everywhere ought to be gorging on the Scriptures. May you be blessed by these thoughts. Grace and peace! Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com → Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off! Notes: “You Are Fullness,” Young Oceans The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses, Chris Bruno They Spoke of Me: How Jesus Unlocks the Old Testament, Brandon D. Smith and Everett Berry The Epistles General of I and II Peter and I John, Alexander Maclaren Stonington Baptist Church sermons Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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January 20, 2021
Wrestling with God, poise for the end times, and amplifying brotherly love.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I reflect on the God who wrestles with us out of the story of Genesis 32; I share the reason why the church can be “calm, cool, and collected” even when the “end of all things is at hand”; and why brotherly love means much more than you think it does. Soli Deo Gloria. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com → Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off! Notes: “Hang in There, Pastors! You Are Needed Now More Than Ever!,” Bob Russell Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul, Chad Bird Gleanings in Genesis, Arthur W. Pink Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, Paul Tripp Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture, David Murray The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained, Martin Luther Stonington Baptist Church sermons Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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January 13, 2021
The essentialness of church, childlike Bible reading, and Pixar’s ‘Soul.’
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I chat about why church is so essential and the One who make it so. Plus I share some thoughts on the New Year, the importance of childlike Bible reading, and the resonance of Pixar’s new feature film, ‘Soul’. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com → Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off! Notes: “The pain of the past year, the hope of the New Year, and God’s boundless goodness,” article by yours truly “One word for 2020,” Peter Heck “Pixar’s Soul and the Joy of Incarnation,” Josh Larsen Cinema Siblings Podcast, talking movies with my sister, Bethany “The Bible Reading Plan I Recommend for 2021,” Tim Challies Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End, David Gibson Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, Paul Tripp Fools for Christ: Essays on the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, Jaroslav Pelikan The Saint and his Saviour: The Progress of the Soul the Knowledge of Jesus, Charles Spurgeon Stonington Baptist Church sermons Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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January 5, 2021
The gospel of ‘Tenet’ and ruin as a prerequisite for hope.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I reflect on this past Sunday’s sermons and the ramifications of a God who sits with us when life is going to pieces. Plus, I share an article which leans into “the gospel of Tenet.” Blessings! Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com → Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off! Notes: Studies on Book One of the Psalms, H. A. Ironside Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, Paul Tripp “Hope rises from the rubble of my church,” Giles Fraser “Envying the ‘Other Me’,” Larry Parsley Stonington Baptist Church sermons Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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December 29, 2020
Merry Christmas y’all!
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I wish you a very Merry Christmas by sharing some thoughts on the “reason for the season” along with a reflection on my favorite Christmas movie. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com → Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off! Notes: “Don’t Isolate Yourself This Holiday Season,” Arthur Brooks “The God Who Makes George Bailey’s Life So Wonderful,” Sam Bush “Home for the holidays,” article by yours truly II Timothy, Titus, Philemon & Hebrews, Alexander Maclaren Stonington Baptist Church sermons Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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December 25, 2020
The grandest miracle of all and the necessity of the Incarnation.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I talk through my sermons from this past Sunday and reflect on the grandest miracle of all: the necessity of the Incarnation, of Jesus’s taking on human flesh. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com → Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off! Notes: Lectures on the Law and the Gospel, Stephen Tyng “Incarnation: The Central Miracle of the Christian Faith,” John Clark and Marcus Johnson “Incarnation and the Gospel,” John Clark and Marcus Johnson The Incarnation of God: The Mystery of the Gospel as the Foundation of Evangelical Theology, John Clark and Marcus Johnson Stonington Baptist Church sermons Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
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December 22, 2020
A personal update and God’s gospel in our mess.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I share a brief personal update announcing my upcoming break from seminary studies, along with some “Christmas-y” reflections regarding the God who willingly steps into our catastrophic world of sin in order to redeem it. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
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December 11, 2020
The beauty of obliviousness and a life of thanksgiving.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I offer up this brief edition of “Pastor Brad’s Corner” to recap the Thanksgiving holidays and share some thoughts that have helped me think through the kingdom of God. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
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December 4, 2020
On being a young theologian and the strengthening of faith and practice with Blake Long.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am thrilled to be joined by fellow blogger and budding theologian, Blake Long, to talk about his upcoming book — ‘Gospel Smugness’ — and the important role tone plays when testifying about God’s grace. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
01:29:41
November 22, 2020
Finding meaning and better morning routines.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, you’re invited back to “the corner” where I reflect on last week’s sermons and offer some insight on how to make your morning routine better. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
29:46
November 19, 2020
The illusion of control, the truth about callings, and being a Berean.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I share a surplus of thoughts that have been on my mind lately — namely, the fracturing of our illusion of control, and where grace and peace can be found in the midst of that. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
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November 12, 2020
On the necessity and profundity of theological slow-cooking with Dr. Jason Duesing.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am thrilled to be talking with the Provost and Professor of Historical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Jason Duesing, to talk about the necessity of ministerial training and theological slow-cooking. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
59:25
November 9, 2020
Grace and politics and staying on mission.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, you are invited back to “the corner” as I share some musings on these recent days of chaos and how the gift of grace ought to be esteemed in even greater importance during these times. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
35:13
November 5, 2020
Lessons from surgery and God’s plans.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I offer some of the lessons I have learned throughout this season of surgery recovery as well as what it means to be okay with God’s plans. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
35:15
October 29, 2020
Loneliness, marathon ministry, and preaching Christ crucified.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I spend some time reflecting on last week’s sermons, which included themes of God’s answer to loneliness and God’s grace for sell-outs. I also share an encouraging passage on preaching Christ crucified. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
26:15
September 25, 2020
Trials, ordination, and the mechanics of faith.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, you’re welcomed back to “Pastor Brad’s Corner” as I reflect on last weekend’s ordination service for my friend Caleb and the significance of that moment in light of what he and his family have endured the last few years. I chew on some thoughts relating to that on the subject of suffering and also talk about the movie ‘Tenet’. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
27:44
September 18, 2020
Living in the present, cool Christianity, and the Bible’s buried bones.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I invite you back to “Pastor Brad’s Corner” to talk about two weeks worth of sermons, including how to live peacefully in this present life that’s full of disruption, as well as what makes for a truly “successful” ministry. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
42:38
September 10, 2020
Quoting in sermons, living for sand, and Elijah’s ministerial disappointment.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I reflect on some developments I have made in my sermon writing process, specifically as it regards to including quotes in my sermons. I also chew on Ecclesiastes 1 and the fallacy of living for sand, as well as the lesson on ministerial disappointment we can learn from the life of Elijah. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
34:57
August 28, 2020
Preaching and teaching recaps, pastoral resources, and ministerial depression.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I share some thoughts I am still chewing on from my sermons on Sunday, August 16, which were taken from Ecclesiastes and Colossians. I also talk about “ministerial second-hand smoke” and why we should be talking about pastoral depression. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/ Buy Fresh Roasted Coffee: http://www.freshroastedcoffee.com **Use code ‘GRACE10’ to get 10% off!
37:13
August 20, 2020
On depression, being a pastor’s wife, and ministerial second-hand smoke with Kellie Gray.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am elated to share a conversation I was blessed to have with my mom, Kellie Gray, about her crisis of faith and journey with depression. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:06:38
August 18, 2020
Conviction and confession, the religion of busyness, and addicted to success.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, we go back to “the corner” to talk about the religion of busyness and our addiction to success and the grace of the Lord’s conviction which brings us to confession. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
34:34
August 14, 2020
Closing out Mark, faithfulness in Joshua, and the cross of folly.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, you’re invited to “Pastor Brad’s Corner” as I reflect on the unexpected good news of the cross as it is found in the Gospel of Mark, as well as an unlikely portion of Scripture to find God’s faithfulness. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
30:04
August 7, 2020
On pastoral mental toughness and the gift of quarantine with Cole Russell Deike.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am thrilled to be joined by Cole Russell Deike to talk about the mental toughness and preparedness necessary for pastoral ministry as well as why the gospel of grace is uniquely primed for quarantine seasons. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:03:48
August 3, 2020
Predicting the future, raging against the machine, and the violence of modernity.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, you are invited to join me in “Pastor Brad’s Corner” once again as I share some thoughts and comments on the futility of predicting the future and raging against the machine. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
28:22
July 30, 2020
Injury update, headline preachers, and the church as an oasis.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, you are welcomed back to “Pastor Brad’s Corner,” where I offer an update on some health issues I’ve been dealing with lately while also reviewing two articles that present wonderfully encouraging messages to ministers who are inundated with messages and comments about addressing something ‘other than’ the gospel. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
36:31
July 18, 2020
On comprehending life’s griefs and suffering with hope with Dr. Mike Gray.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am thrilled to be joined once again by my dad, Dr. Mike Gray, to have a cathartic conversation regarding my mom’s incredible season of turmoil and battle with depression. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:02:40
July 14, 2020
Vacation reflection, sermon summaries, and contextualizing the present.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I invite you back to “the corner” as I recap my recent vacation and relay some of the thoughts that I have been chewing on recently regarding “contextualizing the present.” Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
31:16
July 10, 2020
Jesus’s silent suffering and the enduring hope for sufferers.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, you are invited back to “Pastor Brad’s Corner” for another meditation on the sermons from this past Sunday, one from Mark 14 and another from Job 38, in which we are given a glimpse of the awful suffering to which Jesus was subjected which serves as the foundation all hope for sufferers. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
28:55
June 18, 2020
The new covenant, the Antioch gospel, and the story of grace.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I welcome you back to “the corner” to reflect on two sermons I delivered, one from Mark 14 and another from Acts 13, both of which show, in their own way, what the new covenant blood of Christ does in and through the lives of sinners. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
28:52
June 12, 2020
On contemporary and historical quandaries facing the Southern Baptist Convention with Obbie Todd.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, Obbie Todd and I dive into the murky waters of the current state of the Southern Baptist Convention and attempt find grace, hope, and peace along the way. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:08:50
June 10, 2020
Responding rightly to the gospel and pastoring the imaginary church.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, you are invited back to “Pastor Brad’s Corner” in order to meditate a bit more on the sermon from Sunday taken from Mark 14:1–11 and to do some introspection on ministerial vision. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
33:52
June 4, 2020
Blogging update, God’s providence, and the end of all things.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I invite you to join me back in “Pastor Brad’s Corner” as I reflect on this past Sunday’s doozy of a sermon from Mark 13 on Jesus’s “Olivet Discourse” and the Christian’s calling during the End Times. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
31:16
May 28, 2020
On nostalgia and “The Last Dance” with Bob Hiller and Dan van Voorhis.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am joined by Dan van Voorhis and Bob Hiller to reflect on ESPN’s eponymous doc-series, ‘The Last Dance’, which interweaves a chronicle of the controversy-laden 1998 title run of the Chicago Bulls with an examination of the life and legacy of Michael Jordan. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:05:26
May 26, 2020
On the disparity of faith and works in James with Bob Hiller.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am honored to talk with Bob Hiller and attempt to dispel the discord between Paul’s and James’s treatments on faith and works in order to show that both present a unique face of the gospel diamond. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:06:51
May 24, 2020
Leafy religion, pastoral seriousness, and intentional evangelism.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I welcome you back to “Pastor Brad’s Corner” to reflect on preaching through Mark 12 and the leafy, pretend religion of the scribes and Pharisees, and to chew on the serious, glorious call of pastoral ministry. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
32:52
May 21, 2020
On the Christ-centered voice of Hebrews and the Scripture’s revelation of mercy with Chad Bird.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am honored to have Chad Bird back to talk about the Book of Hebrews, its exemplary significance in the life of a believer and its unparalleled Christ-centered voice. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:05:14
May 17, 2020
Singing in church, angels as a downgrade, and pulpit talk.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am bringing back an old feature from this blog, “Pastor Brad’s Corner,” and utilizing it as a space to pause, reflect, and chew on Scripture, sermons, and stories from the past week. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
28:20
May 14, 2020
On the life and legacy of a minister in the local church with Pastor Nathan Clark.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I get the privilege of sitting down with my associate pastor, Nathan Clark, to talk about the life and legacy of a minister in the local church. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
59:57
May 7, 2020
On living little in an online world with Samuel D. James.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded podcast, I get the privilege to talk to Samuel D. James about the world of Christian publishing and fundamental ironies of “living little” in an online world. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:15:40
April 30, 2020
On ministerial worthiness and weirdness with Jordan Moody.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded podcast, I have the privilege of talking with returning guest Pastor Jordan Moody about the worthiness and weirdness of pastoral ministry in the middle of a pandemic. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
55:33
April 23, 2020
This is how I work: on some of habits, tools, and methods for studying and writing.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded podcast, I spend some time talking about some of the habits, tools, and methods I use when studying for a sermon or writing a blog. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
24:26
April 17, 2020
On the grace that smells like sheep.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded podcast, I share another insightful passage from a sermon by Alexander Maclaren that invites us to minister among the filth, among smelly, sinful sheep. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
09:04
January 16, 2020
On the one-way love of God.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded podcast, I reflect on the one-way love of God as it is seen and proclaimed in a wonderful passage from a sermon originally delivered by Alexander Maclaren. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
06:44
January 8, 2020
On universal objective justification with Daniel Emery Price and Erick Sorensen.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am privileged to chat with long-time friends, Daniel Emery Price and Erick Sorensen to talk about the doctrine of universal objective justification and why it’s so important for an appropriate understanding of the gospel. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
56:45
October 4, 2019
On some big lessons learned in a short amount of time in pastoral ministry.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded podcast, I share some thoughts and experiences from the first few months of pastoral ministry in Pennsylvania. I am so grateful yet at the same time so dumbfounded that I get to do ministry as my primary vocation. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
28:01
September 12, 2019
On life, eternity, and an obedience that’s already finished.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I share a devotional I gave to the youth of the previous church at which I ministered. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
24:02
September 4, 2019
On being exiles who seek and serve God with Cameron Wood.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I sit down with Cameron Wood, one of the brothers and founding members of the Christian indie-rock band, Seeker & Servant. We cover a lot of ground in this conversation, with topics ranging from the mass-marketed Christian music scene to living as sojourners with Christ in the world. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:05:27
August 13, 2019
On the resonance of seculosity with David Zahl.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I was privileged to sit down with the author of Seculosity and the director of Mockingbird himself, David Zahl. We discuss Dave’s book, Seculosity and its resonant influence along with the impact the book tour has had on Dave personally. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
39:03
August 6, 2019
On aliens, basketball, and God’s strange choice.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded podcast, I attempt to show the surprising connection between aliens, basketball, and the confounding choice of God. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
22:00
August 1, 2019
On pastoral care and The Shepherds Crook with Jared Sparks.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded podcast, I was privileged to speak to pastor, church planter, and podcaster Jared Sparks to talk about pastoral ministry and ministers in crises. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
45:52
July 14, 2019
On canonical criticism and approaching Scripture in Faith with Dr. Jim Blalock.
In this episode of Ministry Minded, I sit down with my mentor and former pastor, Dr. Jim Blalock, to have a conversation about the canon of Scripture and one’s approach to biblical criticism. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
30:56
April 1, 2019
On the gospel and the impossibility of life with Nick Lannon.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I’m thrilled to be joined once again by Nick Lannon to take a deep-dive in his newly published book, “Life Is Impossible,” and how that’s actually really good news. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
51:53
March 24, 2019
On honesty, transparency, and grace in the church with Tullian Tchividjian.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I’m joined once again by Tullian Tchividjian to discuss the current church climate that craves the strong and ostracizes the vulnerable, and how church exiles can find their way back home. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
24:30
March 22, 2019
On life’s expectations and God’s goodness.
In this episode of Ministry Minded, I share some thoughts about God’s grace even in the midst of life’s terrifying seasons and how God’s goodness is always greater than we remember it — his goodness exceeds our expectations. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
15:09
March 18, 2019
On Scotland and 20 Schemes with Gerald White.
In this episode of Ministry Minded, Gerald White returns to the podcast to talk about contextualizing and appropriating the gospel in the difficult ministry endeavors in Scotland’s “schemes.” Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
34:03
March 4, 2019
On my testimony of salvation.
In this episode of Ministry Minded, I share my salvation testimony, the story of how God drew me to himself. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
16:14
February 21, 2019
On living fallen and free with Tullian Tchividjian.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I’m joined once again by Tullian Tchividjian to discuss the phrase “simul justus et peccator” and all its vast implications in the life of a Christian. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
28:15
February 3, 2019
On some personal notes and pastoral ministry lessons.
In this episode of Ministry Minded, I provide some personal updates and ponder some pastoral lessons that I learned in my first year of vocational ministry. After the whirlwind that was 2017, 2018 has, similarly, been filled to the brim — and 2019 shows no sign of slowing down. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
18:54
January 12, 2019
On sports, law, and gospel with Nick Lannon.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I’m thrilled to be joined by Nick to talk all things sports, the law, and the gospel, and how each of us are “Michael Jordan’s sons.” Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
53:36
October 18, 2018
On ministry and messy grace with Alex Early.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, Alex and I seek to discuss the messiness of Jesus’s mercy in rescuing and redeeming sinners and leading them to repentance. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
55:38
October 11, 2018
On church revitalization with Mitch Miller.
In this episode of Ministry Minded, Mitch and I delve into the intricacies of church revitalization, what makes it such a significant ministry for the health of a church, and what differentiates it from church planting. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:14:09
September 10, 2018
On writing, sermon prep, and the local church with Cole Russell Deike.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I’m joined by pastor and church planter Cole Russell Deike to talk about the incomparable grace of the gospel that wrestles us into God’s joy. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:03:30
August 15, 2018
On life, writing, and gospel-centered youth ministry with Charlotte Getz.
In this edition of Ministry Minded, Charlotte Getz and I chat about the current youth ministry climate and the severe need for gospel-centered student ministries. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:00:12
August 1, 2018
On life and ministerial busyness with Meiko Seymour.
In this edition of Ministry Minded, Meiko Seymour joins the show once again to discuss the role of busyness and scheduling in life and ministry. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:07:28
July 16, 2018
On common misconceptions about John Calvin with Obbie Tyler Todd.
In this edition of Ministry Minded, Obbie and I attempt to dismember the common misconceptions regarding the life and ministry of John Calvin. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:27:09
June 23, 2018
On church planting and gospel ministry in New England with David Morse.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I’m joined by church planter, David Morse. David longs for the people of Portland, Maine to be renewed and restored by the recovery of the grace of the gospel. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
56:36
May 28, 2018
On grace, failure, and freedom with Tullian Tchividjian.
In this episode, I’m joined by writer and speaker Tullian Tchividjian to talk about the truth of God’s stubborn grace for wrecks and rebels. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:20:58
May 7, 2018
On grace, law, and the mission of Mockingbird with David Zahl.
In this show, we get into the story behind Mockingbird, where it’s been and where it’s going in the future. We also talk about the mission behind both Mockingbird as a whole and David’s own ministerial endeavors. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
51:21
April 16, 2018
On theology and writing with Nicholas Davis.
In this episode, Nicholas Davis and I seek to speak to the reality of the bi-vocational minister and the common pitfalls that come along with that. We also speak to the significance of Christian writing and offer helpful advice for other young writers. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
54:56
March 12, 2018
On common misconceptions about Martin Luther with Obbie Tyler Todd.
In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I’m joined again by my dear friend, Obbie Tyler Todd. Obbie’s fondness for church history fuels this conversation as we take a deep-dive into the theology, successes, failures, and legacy of Martin Luther. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:24:27
February 19, 2018
On the church and the regular pastor with Landon Coleman.
In this installment of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I’m joined by Pastor Landon Coleman to talk about local pastors and speaking the paradigm-shifting gospel into their unique situations. I think this episode will greatly encourage you as Landon and I speak to the “regular realities” of the Christian faith and endeavor to continually point you back to Christ. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
49:20
February 5, 2018
On the aftermath of the G3 Conference.
In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I talk about my experience at the 2018 G3 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The solidarity of the people and the sincerity of the song services made this a conference I won’t soon forget. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
24:43
January 22, 2018
On adversity, community, and discipleship with Meiko Seymour.
In this episode, I’m joined by pastor, author, and blogger Meiko Seymour. Meiko has a hunger for God and a zeal for relationship that is unlike anyone I’ve met before, and I am much better for knowing him. I am so thankful to call him brother. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:10:30
January 15, 2018
On the state of the podcast.
In this episode of Ministry Minded, I attempt to speak to the whirlwind that has been the year 2017. Filled with seemingly more ebbs and flows than normal, this year has been a veritable maelstrom of emotions and seasons of life. Trying to make sense of it all would be nigh impossible — if not for God’s grace. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
21:40
January 8, 2018
On reformed theology and grace for pastor’s kids with Scott Garrison.
In this episode, I’m joined by Scott Garrison, a former police officer turned church planter turned Reformed Theology apologist. Scott shares the story of his salvation, recounting the marvelous way God drew him to himself. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:14:26
December 30, 2017
On the economy of the gospel and teaching it to kids with Kyle George Jones.
In this episode, I’m joined by Kyle George Jones to talk about how to teach the full gospel to kids. We endeavor to speak to these realities and remain true in our effort to show that Jesus is everywhere in your Bible, not just in the New Testament. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:08:34
December 30, 2017
On the gospel and church history with Obbie Tyler Todd.
In this episode, I’m thrilled to be joined by fellow Baptist and church historian, Obbie Tyler Todd, to about talk the failures and successes of the Baptist denomination, the pivotal role creeds and confessions have in the church today, and what it means to be a gospel-centered student minister. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:33:12
December 30, 2017
On church planting and the call to ministry with Payte Johnson.
On today’s episode, I’m joined by Payte Johnson to talk about the realities and practicalities of gospel ministry, along with the process of planting and leading a campus church. Payte shares his passion and call for the ministry and why he and his wife feel a special calling to the city of Lindsborg, Kansas. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:14:00
December 29, 2017
On writing, grace, and christology with Chad Bird.
In this episode of Ministry Minded, author and speaker Chad Bird joins the show to talk about his ministry writing and speaking on God’s radical gospel of grace. He and I dive into the deep waters of the theology of the cross and the distinction between God’s law and God’s gospel. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
59:58
December 29, 2017
On preaching and pastoral ministry with Gerald White.
In this episode, Gerald White joins the show to talk with me about the gospel and the call of God. We dive into knowing and understanding God’s calling, and how to be confident of that calling even as He moves you away from a church body. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
45:38
December 29, 2017
On grace, law, and gospel with Dan Price.
In this edition of Ministry Minded, I was honored to speak with Dan Price. Dan’s an ardent grace-addict, like myself, and I so appreciate his ministry through the Christ Hold Fast organization. In this lengthy conversation, we dive into the good news of the gospel and what it really means. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:08:56
December 20, 2017
Reading from The Story of Grace.
In this episode of Ministry Minded, I read a lengthy passage from one of my favorite books of all time, Horatius Bonar’s The Story of Grace. What you’ll find in The Story of Grace is as real a discussion about the grace of God that can ever be found. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
13:01
December 20, 2017
On the edifice of reformed theology and the fallacy of fundamentalism with Byron Yawn.
In this edition of Ministry Minded, I sit down and talk with pastor and podcaster Byron Yawn. Byron provides a clear and informed perspective on the “edifice” of Reformed Theology, as well as the difference between the biblical notions of faith and faithfulness. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:08:51
December 19, 2017
On grace, vulnerability, and student ministry with David Brady.
In this week’s episode, David Brady joins the show to talk with me about life and God’s leading. You’ll be greatly blessed by this conversation as we talk ministry transition, vulnerability in ministry, and modern student ministries. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:05:25
December 18, 2017
On church planting and Lutheranism with Erick Sorensen.
In this edition of Ministry Minded, I sit down with pastor and church planter Erick Sorensen. In this stirring discussion, we focus on the ups and downs of church planting and the hard realities of everyday ministry. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
43:50
December 16, 2017
On the nature of discipleship and grace with Rodney Julian and Nathan Naoumi.
In this edition of Ministry Minded, I was honored to sit down with Rodney and Nathan, both of whom are church planters in Las Vegas, Nevada. Listen as we talk about God’s call to ministry, the radical effects of the gospel, and the nature of discipleship in “Sin City.” Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
55:01
December 16, 2017
On the importance of sermon preparation and delivery with Collin Coats.
In this episode, Collin Coats and I sit down and go in-depth on preaching and what makes for a compelling Christ-centered sermon. If you’re serious about preaching and the craft of delivering sermons, I think you’ll find this show extremely beneficial. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
58:07
December 8, 2017
On worship, liturgy, and the church with Bill Brimer.
In this episode of Ministry Minded, I’m joined by Soul Thirst Church music pastor Bill Brimer to talk Lutheran theology, the beauty of liturgy, and the spiritual experience of leading music. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
54:06
December 7, 2017
On biblical hermeneutics with Mike Gray.
It was such a blessing to sit down and talk about the ministry and the gospel and the Scriptures with my dad, Dr. Mike Gray. You’ll be uplifted by this episode, as we talk about preaching exegetically. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
43:36
December 4, 2017
On preaching, humor, and the gospel with Kevin Labby.
In this episode, I sit down with Pastor Kevin Labby to discuss the intertwining of humor and ministry at length, along with touching on preaching law and gospel in a youth ministry setting. Kevin also shares a story about one of his first experiences preaching — one that didn’t go so well! Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
59:06
November 19, 2017
On pastoral ministry and biblical teaching with Jordan Moody.
In this conversation, Jordan Moody and I talk about God’s will and grace in planting a church and in everyday pastoral ministry. We delve into the art and focus of preaching in this conversation, along with what makes a good church leader. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
51:12
November 10, 2017
On church planting, writing, and preaching with Paul Dunk.
In this episode, Paul Dunk and I discuss God’s grace in preaching, ministering, and church-planting. We also talk about the importance of writing and blogging about the gospel. We also talk about the challenges of seminary and what it can do for young pastors. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
01:00:50
November 9, 2017
On God’s will and church ministry with Mitch Miller.
In this episode of Ministry Minded, Mitch Miller and I touch on an assortment of topics surrounding God’s grace, God’s will, and God’s church, and the inextricable connection between all three. Mitch also shares the story of how he was drawn back to pastor in Greenville, South Carolina. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
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October 31, 2017
On youth ministry, law, and gospel with RJ Grunewald.
In this premier episode of Ministry Minded, I was afforded the opportunity to sit down with RJ and dive into the theology of the distinction between God’s law and God’s gospel, and it’s extreme significance for youth ministers and parents alike. Connect with the show: https://graceupongrace.net/
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October 30, 2017