“A Labor of Love: Puritan Pastoral Priorities” is now available for purchase. The summary on the back cover reads as follows . . .
“Driven by the desire to be successful, pastors are tempted to judge their ministries by the worldly standards of power, prestige, privilege, and prosperity. In contrast, J. Stephen Yuille reorients our understanding of pastoral ministry by presenting a standard of excellence measured by faithfulness, humility, and submission to God – even when the results look unsuccessful in the eyes of the world. Drawing from the Puritan minister George Swinnock, Yuille expands on a list of sixteen heartfelt desires that Swinnock expressed for his own pastoral ministry. Yuille’s reflections on these timeless priorities are full of biblical insights and pastoral wisdom. The book ends with Swinnock’s farewell sermon to his congregation, which serves as an encouraging example for all pastors who desire to love their people in Christ. This book is a valuable guide for pastors as they seek to labor and love in the service of Christ.”
As you likely guessed from this summary, the book is primarily for elders (i.e., those who pastor the church). But I want to make clear that it isn’t exclusively for elders. It contains plenty of instruction that reaches well beyond church leadership. I mention this just in case you were tempted to dismiss the book as irrelevant to you.
If you’re interested in listening to a radio interview on the book, you can tune into “Knowing the Truth Radio Program” on Tuesday, August 20th at 11am (EST). This program broadcasts out of Greenville, SC, on 660 AM and 92.9 FM. If you don’t live in SC (which you likely don’t), you can listen to the program live on the internet at:
Since the start of the month, I’ve been teaching a course at Redeemer Seminary – based on this book. The course is on the relationship between theology, spirituality, and ministry in the Puritan tradition. In preparing for a class last week on Chapter 5, I went back to my original study/research notes, and I realized that I neglected to acknowledge my indebtedness to Tim Keller for his insights on the relationship between self-centeredness and self-righteousness (p. 30). For more on this, see Keller’s King’s Cross. It has been a real privilege to interact with the students as they’ve made their way through the various chapters. Their insights and observations have been extremely helpful.
If you’re interested in purchasing the book, you can click on the image to the left, or you can find it at:
As I mention in the introduction to the book, my prayer is that the Lord will bless it to you – for the equipping of His ministers, the strengthening of His church, the coming of His kingdom, and the honoring of His name.