#87: The beauty of obliviousness and a life of thanksgiving.

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In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I offer up this brief edition of “Pastor Brad’s Corner” to recap the Thanksgiving holidays and share some thoughts that have helped me think through the kingdom of God. In Matthew 19, as per usual, Jesus stuns those in earshot with a striking statement regarding God’s kingdom. “Leave the little children alone,” the Lord remarks, “and don’t try to keep them from coming to me, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt. 19:14) There is a lot going on in this verse but perhaps the point that has been pressing on my mind as of late is the sheer fact that Jesus ascribes his Father’s kingdom as belonging to children — beautiful, innocent, stubborn, oblivious children. They are the inheritors of the kingdom of heaven. And there’s something to that, I think, especially as it concerns the note of obliviousness. Because as I’ve come to think about it, faith itself is the grace of obliviousness, knowing that there’s Someone better and stronger and more capable to watch over the universe.

Resources.

Stonington Baptist Church sermons

Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2

Thanksgiving Communion,” Fr. Stephen Freeman 

Episode 199: Night of the Living Swingset,” The Mockingcast 

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.

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