#64: Responding rightly to the gospel and pastoring the imaginary church.

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In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, you are invited back to “Pastor Brad’s Corner” in order to meditate a bit more on the sermon from Sunday taken from Mark 14:1–11 and to do some introspection on ministerial vision. The scene of the unnamed women (who we know as Mary, Jn 12:1–3) anointing Jesus’s feet during Holy Week is, perhaps, one of the more powerful moments leading up to Jesus’s passion and death. Our Lord himself magnifies this moment by indicating that by this anointing she has prepared his “body in advance for burial.” (Mark 14:8) And not only that, he memorializes this scene in his avowal that “wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” (Mk 14:9) And it is in that proclamation that we are made to realize just what Jesus is memorializing, namely, the loving, devoted surrender that Mary displayed. Such should be our response as well whenever this gospel is proclaimed. This episode closes with a reflection on an article that resonates with me immensely. It’s a piece that may be slightly older, but approximately zero of its impact has been lost in the interim. It comes from Chase Replogle writing for Christianity Today on how “Bonhoeffer Convinced Me to Abandon My Dream.” Throughout this article, Chase recounts the story of how he failed to see the ministry right in front of him by constantly dreaming about the ministry he hoped to one day have. I pray you are blessed by today’s visit to “the corner.”

Resources.

Bonhoeffer Convinced Me to Abandon My Dream,” Chase Replogle 

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.

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