#60: Leafy religion, pastoral seriousness, and intentional evangelism.

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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. The stakes of the pastorate may not always appears as dangerous as other jobs and occupations. But there’s a sense in which, I would argue, that there’s no more dangerous job than being a pastor considering that those under your care are souls — eternal souls. Thus, the pastor’s chief job is to shepherd souls into eternity by propagating over and over and over the security one can have eternity by grace through faith in Christ and the power of his Spirit. Dr. Owen Strachan writes to that end wonderfully in an article highlighted in this episode, “You Are Going to Be Okay: On Staying in the Pastoral Game.” I also end the show talking about being intentionally evangelistic and the importance of sharing your faith with conviction, purpose, and intention.

Resources.

The SBC and the 21st Century: Reflection, Renewal, & Recommitment, Jason K. Allen, editor 

You Are Going to Be Okay: On Staying in the Pastoral Game,” Owen Strachan 

On a serious approach to scriptural exposition,” article by yours truly 

Stonington Baptist Church sermons

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.

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

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