In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, you are welcomed back to “Pastor Brad’s Corner,” where I offer an update on some health issues I’ve been dealing with lately while also reviewing two articles that present wonderfully encouraging messages to ministers who are inundated with messages and comments about addressing something other than the gospel. As a pastor of a local church, I can attest to this fact: that there remains a persistent pressure to address “timely” or “relevant” topics for those who cross the threshold to the sanctuary each week. But in the end, if the newspaper is driving what you preach, where’s the gospel? Where’s Christ? Where’s his news in the midst of all the other news items and topics that fill our minds and distract our thoughts? Such is why, I think, the pastor’s prevailing duty is to bring the gospel to bear each week, every week, regardless of the circumstances or events that swirl outside. It may not be “timely,” but preaching the gospel of Christ crucified is always timeless.
“Hashtag Preaching and Whack-a-Mole Worship,” Chad Bird
“Is Your Congregation An Oasis Or A Mirage?” R. Scott Clark
“On the primacy of the pulpit and throwing shade at Puritan preaching,” article by yours truly
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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.