#21: On the state of the podcast.

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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. From welcoming our daughter Lydia into the world, to accepting a ministry position, to then quickly resigning said ministry position, to rupturing my ACL and having reconstructive surgery, this year has seriously been a rollercoaster ride, to say the least. It’s definitely been a year for growth and change, both relationally and spiritually.

Unsurprisingly, 2018 looks to be another year full of change. Big changes. Change that God has brought and sustained by his sovereign grace. The changes on the horizon this year have been divinely orchestrated and driven all along the way. And that’s what’s most comforting. Notwithstanding how big a move is or life-change is, when God’s behind it, it’s always a step in the right direction.


Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray

Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul, Chad Bird

Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World, Michael Horton

The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus, Zack Eswine

This Is Awkward: How Life’s Uncomfortable Moments Open the Door to Intimacy and Connection, Sammy Rhodes

Grace for Grace: Letters of Rev. William James, William James


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I’m Brad Gray and I currently live in West Palm Beach, Florida with my wife (Natalie) and daughter (Lydia). I spend most of my time writing, reading, and ministering in the church. My sole aim is to proclaim the timeless message of God’s gospel of grace in everything I do and say. Whether through the written or spoken word, my priority remains sharing and upholding the good news Christ’s life, death, and resurrection for sinners.


Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.