#84: The illusion of control, the truth about callings, and being a Berean.

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In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I share a surplus of thoughts that have been on my mind lately — namely, the fracturing of our illusion of control, and where grace and peace can be found in the midst of that. If 2020 has taught me anything it’s that my ability to control anything is absolutely unfounded. It’s a mirage. A sense of control offers a false promise of peace because it can never actually be attained. And as the course of events of this year have transpired, that is abundantly evident. Peace, then, in these days and rest from the pressures and calm from the anxiety over future days is experienced to the degree that we resign those things that lie forever out of our control to the One who is in control at all times. The Sovereign Ruler of all things. The Lord. The Creator. King Jesus. That isn’t easy. I’m familiar with fretting. But even there, even then, grace gives us the calm assurance that as chaotic and unordered as these days may seem, there is One ruling and presiding over all these days. And he is for you. That’s the thought that comforts me as my sense of control crumbles. I also share some thoughts relating to St. Peter and his calling by Christ to be an apostle of the resurrection and what it means to be a “Berean Christian.” I pray you are deeply blessed by this episode. Soli Deo Gloria. Amen.


Stonington Baptist Church sermons

Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2

On the necessity and profundity of theological slow-cooking with Dr. Jason Duesing,” podcast by yours truly 

Bottoming Out on Prediction Addiction,” David Zahl 

The truth about callings,” Jon Acuff 

The Personal Is Apocalyptic: When Your World Unravels,” Ian Olson 

Wisdom for When Things are Out of Control,” article by yours truly 

The Bereans Had No Bibles,” Griffin Gulledge 

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray


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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.


Intro music: “Explorers (Instrumental Version)” by The Midnight, The Midnight Music LLC, 2018.

Ad music: “Coffee Stains” by Finley, licensed under CC BY 4.0.