You're Not Crazy

By Sam Allberry, Ray Ortlund, The Gospel Coalition

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Are you a young pastor who might be tempted to give up, to even hate the ministry, wondering what on earth you signed up for? In this new podcast, pastors Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry set out to encourage and remind you that you're not crazy.

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How to Cultivate Gospel Culture

In this episode:

  • Introduction—best family vacation (0:00) 
  • Not every church service needs utility (2:56)
  • Gospel culture is not an optional add-on (4:53)
  • Church culture reflects what we believe (6:46)
  • Does anything go? (9:33)
  • When you don’t have a gospel culture (12:00)
  • Cultivating gospel culture long term (13:56)
  • It starts with the pastor (16:32)
  • Why the team follows the pastor (20:35)
  • Gospel culture in your leadership team (23:41)
  • It’s not “baptized corporate America” (24:43)
  • Honesty and vulnerability in leadership (26:38)
  • Recommended resource: Lead by Paul Tripp (29:18)

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Sep 20, 2021
Gospel Culture and Preaching

In this episode:

  • Introduction—favorite movies (0:00)
  • Creating gospel culture (1:56)
  • Two of the most important minutes of the service (3:43)
  • It’s pastoral ministry (6:04)
  • “How did you come…?” (9:52)
  • Challenging messages are a total failure (11:17)
  • Setting a tone for the glory of Christ (13:56)
  • Pastoral prayer (14:52)
  • Sermons that nurture gospel culture (21:27)
  • Three Ps of preaching (25:01)
  • It’s an anointing (28:45)
  • Send people out with a message (32:02)
  • Recommended resource: What God Has to Say About Our Bodies by Sam Allberry (37:03)

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Sep 13, 2021
Showing Gentleness and Grace

Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry address gentleness as a necessary characteristic of gospel culture.

In this episode:

  • Introduction—favorite sitcoms (0:00) 
  • Let your gentleness be known to everyone (1:29)
  • Gentle people believe that Jesus is real (3:58)
  • Gentleness, sin, and politics (6:16)
  • Church as a shock absorber (12:24)
  • Gentleness when someone is wrong (16:31)
  • It matters for pastors, too (18:47)
  • It’s our superpower… (21:23)
  • …And it’s not an option (22:50)
  • Recommended resource: The Death of Porn by Ray Ortlund (26:32)

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Sep 06, 2021
Staying Honest, Showing Honor

In this episode, Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry address gospel culture through the lens of confession and showing honor to one another with special guest, Russell Moore.

  • Introduction—favorite concerts (0:00)
  • “Therefore, confess your sins.” (2:12)
  • Confession, prayer, and healing (6:48)
  • Outdoing one another in showing honor (11:01)
  • Celebrating evidence of grace (15:00)
  • Practicing what we preach—showing honor to our friend (20:03)
  • Recommended resource: Finding the Right Hills to Die On by Gavin Ortlund (26:24)

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Aug 30, 2021
What Does the Bible Say About Gospel Culture?

Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry continue the conversation about gospel culture, focusing on the necessity of honesty, openness, and courage within gospel community.

In this episode:

  • Introduction—the need for enjoyment (0:00)
  • Gospel culture in Scripture (6:09)
  • Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you (8:08)
  • A new kind of community (11:37)
  • Stir up one another to love and good works (18:26)
  • Doing what a good statement of faith cannot do (23:54)
  • Recommended resource: Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund (26:24)

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Aug 23, 2021
What Is Gospel Culture?

Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry introduce the first episode of You’re Not Crazy: Gospel Sanity for Young Pastors and address the idea of gospel culture—the way gospel doctrine creates an orthodoxy of community that is equally as important.

In this episode:

  • Introductions to the podcast and hosts (0:00)
  • Gospel sanity (1:55)
  • What the gospel says—doctrine; what the gospel does—culture (3:39)
  • You’re not crazy (7:43)
  • Why this conversation matters to Sam (8:33)
  • Why this conversation matters to Ray (12:22)
  • True fellowship (15:09)
  • Felt forgiveness (20:03)
  • Pitfalls of neglecting gospel culture (20:46)
  • Captivating community (23:31)
  • Resource recommendation: No Little People by Francis Schaeffer (24:42)

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Aug 16, 2021
Hey, Pastors! You’re Not Crazy!

Introducing You’re Not Crazy: Gospel Sanity for Young Pastors, hosted by Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry. Throughout their discussions, Ray and Sam point young pastors back to the simplicity of gospel doctrine which creates a healthy gospel culture within the church. Navigating the tough, common issues that young pastors might face—from spiritual burnout to resenting ministry altogether—Ray and Sam tie each episode together with gospel hope and practical encouragement. 

As recipients of the grace of Jesus, how can pastors then see that grace express itself outwardly—shaping church, ministry, and relationships? Considering it a privilege to serve their listeners, Ray and Sam want to say, "You’re not crazy." 

Aug 03, 2021