#73: Closing out Mark, faithfulness in Joshua, and the cross of folly.

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In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, you’re invited to “Pastor Brad’s Corner” as I reflect on the unexpected good news of the cross as it is found in the Gospel of Mark, as well as an unlikely portion of Scripture to find God’s faithfulness. We often read the Scriptures with too much familiarity, leaving little room to be surprised by what occurs. Of course, there is a benefit to being saturated with Bible stories — but there is another sense in which I wish we could all read the story of Scripture with fresh eyes, as if we were reading it for the first time. If we did, we would be rightly surprised and scandalized by what we read. Because always and everywhere, in the Old and New Testaments, God gives us instance after instance of his untiring faithfulness and unexpected deliverance.

Resources.

The Folly of the Cross in Our Divided World,” Todd Brewer 

The purpose of the cross,” article by yours truly 

The Gospel According to St. Mark: Chapters IX to XVI, Alexander Maclaren 

A résumé of faithfulness,” sermon by yours truly 

Stonington Baptist Church sermons

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and 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.

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