In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I invite you to join me back in “Pastor Brad’s Corner” as I reflect on this past Sunday’s doozy of a sermon from Mark 13 on Jesus’s “Olivet Discourse” and the Christian’s calling during the End Times. Whenever the topic of eschatology arises in Christian circles, I tend to get fidgety. The dogmatism that often accompanies eschatological (that is, End Times) discourses is dicey, to say the very least. What’s more, there have been scores of would-be believers who have had their faith swindled by seemingly unchallengeable views on what is going to happen when, where, and by whom. But such assertions miss the mark when juxtaposed against Christ’s words in Mark 13 when he flatly tells his apostles (and us) that no one knows the day or the hour when “these things” — the return of the Son of Man and the end of all things — will take place. (Mk 13:32–37) Such is what I endeavored to explore during my sermon on Sunday. I chew on that and more in this latest visit to “the corner.” I pray you are blessed by this meditation.
“I Can See Clearly Now,” Stephen Freeman
“Some Good News in the End Times,” sermon by yours truly
“Seeking comfort for the end of the world,” article by yours truly
“On nostalgia and “The Last Dance” with Bob Hiller and Dan van Voorhis,” Ministry Minded
“On the disparity of faith and works in James with Bob Hiller,” Ministry Minded
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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 Jn 1:7) So long as Christ is exalted, that is enough.