#102: Opening a can of worms and continuing the legacy of the best Bible study ever.

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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. Such is, perhaps, the most encouraging aspect — and the most vital — of all Bible reading: keeping in view the human and divine context. The pages of Scripture aren’t merely there to inspire virtue or increase our morals. They’re there to show us Jesus, the point of it all. “Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures.” (Lk 24:27)

Resources.

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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Notes.

I’m Brad Gray and I serve as the Senior Pastor of Stonington Baptist Church in Paxinos, Pennsylvania, where I live with my wife Natalie, daughter Lydia, and son Braxton. Besides pastoring, I spend most of my time writing, reading, and ministering in many more ways. I am resolved to faithfully and fervently propagate the gospel of “grace upon grace” for the weary and the worn out. It is my sincerest desire to live and minister all “for the sake of the Name.” (3 Jn 1:7) So long as Christ is exalted, that is enough.

Credits.

Intro music: “Explorers (Instrumental Version)” by The Midnight, The Midnight Music LLC, 2018.

Ad music: “Coffee Stains” by Finley, licensed under CC BY 4.0.