Prayers for 2018

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The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.

Psalm 145:18, NIV

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12, NIV

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Taking Stock at Three Years (4)

World-Wide Readership

Although the vast majority of visitors live in the United States, I’m pleased to know that people from all over the world have also visited.  The following figure shows the country of origin for my 2017 visitors.

2017-Visits-WorldIn previous years I had visitors from other countries as well:

  • In 2015 I had visitors from the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Switzerland.
  • In 2016 I had a visitors from Norway, Puerto Rico and Ireland.

This post concludes my past-three-year review.  I’m currently thinking about my focus for 2018.  Thank you to all who have visited and I hope that some light has been cast on our current predicament and possible ways out.

 

 

Taking Stock at Three Years (3)

Visitors and Views

The blog’s views and visitor data has varied significantly from year to year as the following figure shows.  Since it excludes December 2017, comparison between this and previous years is not completely fair.  However, since December (along with January) is generally a low-traffic month, errors will be reasonably small.

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Note that:

In the next post I will discuss the geographic distribution of this blog’s readership.

Taking-Stock at Three Years (2)

CR_Plat_16The “Next-Sixteen” Posts

This “next-sixteen” post follows the “top-ten” post.  Note that I have included the “top-ten” in the following list due to numbering limitations in the WordPress editing application (i.e., you cannot start a list at an arbitrary number).

Recall that this list is based on those visits that used the address of a specific post (50% of total views) rather than general site access.  See the previous post for commentary on the “top-ten.”

  1. 8.4%   The PCUSA’s Continuous Decline
  2. 7.2%   HONORING CHRIST IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS
  3. 5.3%   Jesus Christ Avatar
  4. 4.1%   The Language of Suffering (LoS): Introduction
  5. 3.3%   The PCUSA and Israel (Part 4)
  6. 2.7%   LoS: Exposition – Genesis 1:1, 27-31
  7. 2.4%   The PCUSA and Israel (Part 2)
  8. 2.3%   “The Strange Persistence of Guilt
  9. 2.2%   Gnosticism Reimagined? (Part 6b)
  10. 2.0%   Confession of Belhar Questions Already Answered! (Part 1)
  11. 1.9%   LoS: SUFFERING IN GOD’S WORD
    • March 4, 2015
    • This post focused on the concept of human suffering as addressed throughout the Bible.  It also introduced the idea that the Bible’s teaching on suffering connects the words of Scripture to our own deepest experiences, thus illuminating “unexplored possibilities for the experience of suffering.”
  12. 1.9%   Postmodern Christianity: A Primer
    • December 3, 2014
    • This post introduced readers to the concept of “Postmodern Christianity.”  It drew from HONORING CHRIST IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS (see #2 most popular post above).  My goal was to provide a concise, accessible summary that would create context for the discussion in following posts.
  13. 1.9%   Taking Stock at the 100th Post
    • June 22, 2015
    • The 100th post seemed to be an appropriate milestone at which to review and discuss what I had learned in the previous 99.  This is a long post that attempts to summarize many issues/trends and then draw conclusions.  One key focus area is on the “PCUSA elite’s presumption of having a ‘prophetic voice’ by mimicking whatever is trending in radical secular Progressivism, with a thin veneer of faux Christian theologizing as their only contribution.”  Thus, this post is a precursor to the more recent series on Mainline Christianity and Progressive Politics.
  14. 1.6%   LoS: Exposition – Genesis 2:1-17
    • March 10, 2015
    • This post is dominated by the Scripture passage covering God’s act of creation. My added commentary is brief.  Once again, I’m uncertain as to why it is so popular, but thankful that readers have found significant value.
  15. 1.6%   Presbytery of Chicago: Amending Marriage (1 of 2)
    • January 9, 2015
    • Here I take to task the appalling Rationale supporting same-gender marriage by the Presbytery of Chicago.  I stated my primary criticism in the first sentence: “My initial response to this Rationale was a mix of shock and disbelief. Here we had a document arguing for the fundamental redefinition of a millennia long institution of Judeo-Christian civilization that hadn’t even scratched the surface of the related Biblical and theological issues.”  In this and the following post I provide detailed support for this position.  My guess is that most of the views originated in the Chicagoland region.
  16. 1.6%   The PCUSA and Israel (Part 3)
    • May 6, 2015
    • This post sets up the informational context for the conclusion drawn in the fourth post on this topic (see the above #5 most popular post).  In particular, I showed that the 80%+ of General Assembly Commissioners supported the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)” movement.
  17. 1.5%   Confession of Belhar Questions Already Answered! (Part 2)
    • April 22, 2015
    • This post followed the #10 most popular Part 1 in this series.  Here I pointed out the direct and specific ways that officers of our Presbytery and Synod participated in the cruel assault on those who sought to uphold religious freedom.  My conclusion was: “I now have good reason to believe that the Confession of Belhar will be used to oppose the exercise of religious conscience within the context of same-gender marriage, at a bare minimum.”
  18. 1.5%   The PCUSA and Israel (Part 1)
    • May 2, 2015
    • Note that all four posts on the PCUSA and Israel made the top-twenty, with two in the top-ten.  This result suggests that there is intense interest in this topic.  My goal was to explain why the PCUSA’s anti-Israel policies border on wickedness.  The post concluded: “You thus might think that a Christian denomination would not do anything to undermine a nation under this threat.  For, to reduce the morale, economic vitality or defenses of such a nation is unavoidably to advance the goals of those who actively wish to exterminate it.”
  19. 1.2%   Comments on the 222nd General Assembly (2 of 3)
  20. 1.1%   Presbytery of the Cascades: Amending Marriage (1 of 2)
    • January 19, 2015
    • This post examined the Presbytery’s claim that “the teachings of Jesus call for radical inclusion of all people and that the actions of Jesus, passed down in Scripture, showed unconditional love and equality for all people.”   My position was that Jesus’ actions were “sometimes dominated by ‘unconditional love and equality for all people.’ At other times they were dominated by a fierce judgment and anger against the stubborn sinfulness of people or situations.”  I also pointed out that “baldly assert conclusions about Jesus and the Scriptures without the slightest supporting references or passages” are hallmarks of these Rationales.
  21. 1.0%   The Progressive Pyramid of “Moral Authority” (1)
    • January 2, 2017
    • This post introduced the concept of a “Progressive Pyramid of Moral Authority” within context of current events and Progressive actions.
  22. 1.0%   What’s Going On in the PCUSA (Part 4)
    • May 19, 2015
    • This post commented on debate in the Presbytery of Chicago on the Confession of Belhar.  My closing point was: “the PCUSA elite refuse to accept a negative outcome.  Rather than showing respect for the views of the majority, they have made it clear that there will be no peace until the denomination has submitted to their demands.  Once they have won, we are all supposed to respect the decision of a majority that has been created by driving out of those in opposition.  Should those of us in opposition who remain accede to this demand, or, should we continue to fight?”
  23. 0.8%   A Brief Excursion into PCUSA Heresy
    • May 16, 2016
    • I here discuss the presence of one Rev. John Shuck, a PCUSA pastor in good standing who is an aggressive atheist.
  24. 0.8%   A Continued Excursion into PCUSA Heresy
    • June 6, 2016
    • In this post I point out and discuss that the 222nd (2016) General Assembly was hosted by the Presbytery (Presbytery of the Cascades) that is home to the above discussed Rev. John Shuck, a PCUSA pastor in good standing who is an aggressive atheist.  My comment was: “Certainly the fact that they accepted an aggressive atheist as a pastor for one of their churches didn’t count against them.  It was probably a plus, given the PCUSA’s love of inclusiveness for heretics.”
  25. 0.8%   God’s Acts of Providence (56)
    • December 10, 2016
    • This post discussed “the hard road from revulsion to embrace” for the doctrine of predestination.
  26. 0.8%   LoS: Blessed are the Persecuted – Closing Thoughts
    • September 14, 2015
    • This is the concluding post on “Blessed are the Persecuted” section of the Language of Suffering.  “Christ is here announcing a radical reinterpretation of suffering – if it is experienced because of allegiance to Him. Rather than being endured, it should be received with rejoicing as a seal of authenticity upon our faith. Even more, suffering on earth for the sake of Christ builds up eternal treasure in heaven.”

Additional data and analysis of this blog’s three year milestone will follow.