#109: The God of our deepest need, the essence of humility, and the beautiful predictability of the ordinary means of grace.

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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.


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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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, son Braxton, and soon-to-be-born daughter Bailey. 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.

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