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,” to parrot C. S. Lewis’s phrase.1 It is this concept of a “magic deeper still” which, I’d say, undergirds the life of the Christian and the future of the Church, tethering it to something stable, even as our surroundings grow increasingly more fractious. There is One whose sovereign might will never be overcome and, furthermore, in whose sovereign grace we’ve been made to overcome all things already. Indeed, the underlying testimony of St. Paul in Philippians 1 serves to underscore the prevailing message of Scripture. Namely, that even as all else gives way, God does not.
“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
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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 John 1:7). So long as Christ is exalted, that is enough.
Intro music: “Explorers (Instrumental Version)” by The Midnight, The Midnight Music LLC, 2018.
C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (New York: MacMillan, 1950), 131–34.