#74: Conviction and confession, the religion of busyness, and addicted to success.

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In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, we go back to “the corner” to talk about the religion of busyness, our addiction to success, and the grace of the Lord’s conviction which brings us to confession. Reflecting on the Word of God, specifically Psalm 32, I am reminisce on my sermon from that text and why it is such a personal psalm for me. The arc of King David’s life wherein he is brought from misery to mercy through conviction and confession is such a powerful image of the grace of forgiveness, which is most palpably felt while in the midst of our own ruin. I also chat about the modern proclivity for busyness as the source of one’s significance. There is a tendency we have as twenty-first century humans to locate our worth in our schedules. The busier we are, the more important we are, obviously. But this thinking and living not only exhausts you, it fractures relationships and loves and life itself. Life is too short to be too busy. And, fortunately for us, Jesus’s good news not only informs us of his far-reaching forgiveness, it dispossesses us of our need to be busy by stilling our souls in his grace. I pray you are richly blessed by these thoughts and reflections. Soli Deo Gloria!

Resources.

2020 ‘State of the Bible’ report reveals only 9% of Americans read Bible daily,” Bryan Brammer 

The ‘Busy’ Trap,” Tim Kreider 

‘Success Addicts’ Choose Being Special Over Being Happy,” Arthur Brooks 

Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do About It, David Zahl 

Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture, David Murray 

The truth about,” article 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: “Explorers (Instrumental Version)” by The Midnight, The Midnight Music LLC, 2018.