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The Pastoral Year in Review

At the end of each year, I draft a summary of all of the preaching, teaching, visitation, writing, counseling, speaking, church outreach, ecclesiastical meetings and other labors in which I have been pastorally engaged in over the course of the year. This summary then goes out to our congregants at our new year meeting. We do this for several reasons. First, I personally find it to be a helpful encouragement (especially if it has been a particularly difficult year in ministry). When a pastor takes the time to sit down and recap everything that he has done over the course of the year, it often surprises him to see how much he has actually accomplished. Second, the elders of our particular congregation encourage me to do this--as they believe that it serves the local church to which I have been called by God to pastor. When congregants see the labors in which their minister has been engaged, it reminds them of their need to pray for him (Eph. 6:19), encourage him and continue to hold him accountable to "fulfill his ministry in the Lord" (Col. 4:17). To that end, here is my 2017 Pastoral Year in Review. Additionally, I usually try to compile a list of the articles and posts that I have written over the year. Here is the list of what I have written in 2017 (some of which have not yet been published):


Faithfulness and Fruitfulness The Gift of Entertainment Jesus the True Israel Jesus the True Israel (Part 2) Jesus the True Israel (Part 3) The Priesthood of Christ (forthcoming publication) Dimensions of the Cross (forthcoming publication) Substitutionary Atonement (forthcoming publication) Christus Victor (forthcoming publication)

Gospel Coalition

Hope When Your Children Stray

Gospel Reformation Network

Maintaining Unity in the PCA The Usefulness of the Westminster Standards (Video)

Modern Reformation

The Holy Spirit and the Trinitarian Controversy (forthcoming publication)

Reformation 21

Proverbs 8:23, the Eternal Generation of the Son and the History of Reformed Exegesis Striving to Escape the Fall To Be A Diaper Changer Jesus and the Victim Card Redemptive History, Union with Christ and the Liturgical Calendar The Ecclesiastical Pendulum Swing Identity, Affinity and Christ The Greek Orthodox Answer Man? If Christ is Not Risen... Luther and Calvin's Quiet Discussions in Heaven Expect the Unexpected In Defense of the Sabbatical Justifying a Non-Repeatable Justification Military Cases of Conscience The Christ-Haunted Song Why Did Jesus Need the Holy Spirit? Game of Dethroning Sexual Sin Love the Sinner as You Love Your Sinful Self? Closely Connected Care The Great Pope Within The Old Perspective on the Works of the Law James, Justification and the Human Court Hollywood, Capitol Hill and the Human Heart Creation, Incarnation and the Immutability of God A Better Jerusalem

Christward Collective

Preaching the Funeral of an Unbeliever Keeping Short Accounts When We Worship Our Worship It's All About the Recovery Giving and Receiving Commendation The Extra Ministry Mile Discovering Christ in the Psalms The Patient God A Spiritual Brotherhood Don't Waste Your Commute What Are Your Waiting For? Bringing Our Children to the Table The Serpent Conquering Last Adam and True Israel 6 Ways to Redeem Thanksgiving The Unique Church

Feeding on Christ

Reestablishing Ministry Goals Singing the Mediatorial Praises of Jesus 7 Ways to Care for Your Wife Picking Up Sticks in the Service of Jesus When They Walk Away Did God Ordain Evil? Jesus Loves the Rich Teachability Gospel Motivations for Gospel Ministry When Christians Hurt You Interpretive Indecisiveness Of Ministers and Marriages A Biblical Theology of Glory The Reach of the Gospel Being Professional in Ministry The Roller Coaster Effect of Ministry Old Man, New Man; Dead Man, True Man The Weight of the Church The Digital Sermon A Spiritual Inheritance The Greatest Book Never Destroying the Good for the Better Reading God's Providence When the Preaching is Bad Identifying Elders and Deacons Diagnostic Decision Making Nothing to Complain About The Sitting Christ The Ministerial Decrease The Unhypocritical Jesus Gospel Poetry at the Table The Last Cry of Dereliction Doctrine, Denominations and Division Criticizing Our Camp The Prophet and the Prophets When Speaking About Jesus' Bride The Social Media Echo Chamber The Judgment-Mercy of God On Being a Lifelong Learner The Grace of Confessing Sin

He Reads Truth

Judah's Leaders Judged The Lord Rises Up Restoration Christ Heals Injury and Illness Wisdom From Above Guilty as Charged From Groans to Glory Samuel's Final Speech David's Song of Thanksgiving The King Honors Mordecai Israel Blessed From Exile to Victory Tell the Truth The Two Foundations The Root and Branch of David Mary Visits Elizabeth Build Each Other Up (forthcoming publication) Jesus Begins His Ministry (forthcoming publication) Jesus' Glory and Power (forthcoming publication) The Lord Provides in the Wilderness (forthcoming publication) The Incense Altar (forthcoming publication) Making the Ark (forthcoming publication) The Secure Tomb (forthcoming publication)

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