My Top Ten Posts from 2017

Once again, as the old year passes and the new year beckons, it has been my custom to look back at my most popular posts of the year. Some years a theme emerges, and this year the idea of perseverance seems to be the theme. In the light of God’s unending faithfulness and lovingkindness let us all live in hope in 2018.

Here are the top ten post for 2017 in order of popularity:

“The Ministry of Not Giving Up”

“Looking for Light in the Shadow of Death” A Sermon on Matthew 4:12-23

“Winners or Losers? A Reflection on Vocation” A Sermon on Genesis 32:22-31

“Our Four Freedoms Report Card” A Devotion for Independence Day

“Living in the Meantime” A Devotion on Hope and Perseverance

“Awesome God” A Sermon for Trinity Sunday

“Silence is Golden” A Devotion on Job 42:3

“The Seven Last Words of the Church”

“Holy Weeping” A Devotion for Lent

“Staying on the Trail”

Once again, as in previous years, certain posts have had real staying power over the years. Many of these are sermons that desperate preachers found on search engines. For example, my sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent remains the number one entry if you Google “Sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent.” Consequently, I saw extraordinary spikes in traffic the week before.

So here are my 10 all-time most popular posts since I started “When I Survey . . .” way back in 2009:

Why did Jesus refer to Herod as “That fox” in Luke 13:32

Prayer for a Retired Pastor

“Rejoice! Rejoice!” A Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent

“God Gives the Growth:” A Retirement Sermon

“The Lord Will Provide:” A Sermon on Genesis 22

“There is nothing to be afraid of!” A Sermon on Psalm 27:1-2

An Ordination Sermon: The Secret Sauce of Ministry. A Recipe in Two Parts

“God With Us” A Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

“Behind Locked Doors” A Sermon on John 20:24

“The Message of the Cross” A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:23-25

I picked up 73 new followers this year which puts me at 173. I thank you all for your interest and support. Come back and visit now and again in 2018.

(The picture is of the marsh behind my house, which changes with the seasons as my header picture. You can see from where “I survey!”)

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