Brad Gray

Obedience That Is Already Finished

BY BRAD GRAY

The rich young ruler’s inquiry to the Lord Jesus in Mark 10:17–22 remains increasingly prescient for us today. I would say that it’s the inquiry that’s apropos of the human condition; it’s the question on everyone’s tongue, even if it’s not explicitly admitted — that question being, “How do I secure a spot in heaven?”

Obedience That Is Already Finished

Grace Falls on the Grenade

BY BRAD GRAY

On a summer day in 2008, Thomas and Romayne McGinnis were presented with the highest honor that can be received in any branch of the United States military, that is, the Medal of Honor. The McGinnis’ accepted the award on behalf of their deceased son…

Grace Falls on the Grenade

Grace Has No Expiration Date

BY BRAD GRAY

I, like you probably, have an uncontrollable aversion to any food product that is past its expiration date. Even if it’s only by a few hours. I don’t care what food or drink you give me, if it’s anywhere close to being over that “best by” date, to me it’s an offering straight from the devil’s kitchen that’ll surely torment my bowels.

Grace Has No Expiration Date

The Paradox of Pastoral Preaching

BY BRAD GRAY

At times, evangelical Christianity can be a paradox. For as much as Protestants have spurned Roman Catholicism, they’re much more Catholic than they’d ever like to admit. By which, I mean, we operate with a stricter conditionality that we’d probably ever feel comfortable confessing.

The Paradox of Pastoral Preaching

The Drug of Behavioral Preaching

BY BRAD GRAY

Preaching is a dangerous and difficult task. Some occupations might involve more harrowing situations and circumstances but I will continue to contend that there’s not a more perilous or vulnerable position to be in than behind the pulpit, speaking the words of God to the souls of men — it’s a life or death matter!

The Drug of Behavioral Preaching

The Impossibility of Salvation

BY BRAD GRAY

The salvation of wretched sinners by an omni-holy and forever-righteous God is, by all accounts, a categorical impossibility. The logic of righteousness insists as much, not permitting even the smallest ounce of sin to blemish the remarkable majesty of the Lord’s perfection.

The Impossibility of Salvation

You Don't Have To Be Great

BY BRAD GRAY

Renowned Scottish philosopher, writer, and historian Thomas Carlyle once quipped, “The History of the World [is] the Biography of Great Men.”1 Carlyle, himself, was one of the leading proponents of the “Great Man” theory...

You Don't Have To Be Great

Acquittal By The Attorney's Blood

BY BRAD GRAY

One of my favorite shows in recent memory is the American law enforcement drama Law & Order. I’m sure you’re familiar with this 20-season-long series, but if not, it’s safe to say that it has basically set the standard for legal procedural television shows.

Acquittal By The Attorney's Blood

Law-Abiding Citizens

BY BRAD GRAY

Among the things that perturb me about modern Christianity is our residual clinging to a sort of “Christian-karma.” You’ve probably read this frustration from me before, but with some recent events in my own life, I feel as though Christians still just don’t get it. 

Law-Abiding Citizens

Green Jackets & White Robes

BY BRAD GRAY

I don’t know much about golf, but I do know that The Masters is like the Super Bowl for golfers. There’s something truly special about the annual tournament held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA.

Green Jackets & White Robes

The Righteous Revenant’s Revenge

BY BRAD GRAY

As an avid movie-goer, one of the ways Scripture comes alive for me is to picture the stories as if they were scenes and beats from a live-action movie. Granted, Hollywood’s recent cinematic foray into the biblical narrative haven’t been too sincere to the source material.

The Righteous Revenant’s Revenge

Gospel Upside-Downness

BY BRAD GRAY

Have you ever really thought about how crazy your salvation is? You may have never thought of it in those terms, but truly, your redemption and rescue from eternal damnation is a jarring truth, one that should spawn tears of joy and shouts of praise.

Gospel Upside-Downness

Interpreting Reality Through Redemption

BY BRAD GRAY

If you know me in the least, then you know of my fondness for the 2010 film Inception. Christopher Nolan’s enigmatic opus is perpetually rewatchable and endlessly compelling.

Interpreting Reality Through Redemption

Pejorative Piety

BY BRAD GRAY

One of the things you get used to if you talk about this thing called “grace” often enough, is sooner or later you’ll be looked down on by your peers.

Pejorative Piety