Wrap up for the month of May

It’s my custom to review activity on this blog at the end of each month. It’s a discipline that forces me to see what’s interesting to the the readership (and what’s not). It’s always surprising.

The hit count for May is nearly as high as back in March — the highest month so far — at nearly 20,000 hits and up 2,000 from April. I’m really not sure why it went back up.

Memorial Day weekend was really low, evidencing that my readers have lives and spend holidays with their families (my readers are well-balanced people), so I was surprised that the monthly total was actually up.

Here are the most popular posts for the month of May —

Communion Meditations 357
Index 355
About the Author 297
On Communion Meditations 288
Amazing Grace/Churches of Christ in Decl 262
Churches of Christ in Decline? Data Poin 259
Quail Springs Church of Christ “Disfello 193
Amazing Grace/Churches of Christ in Decl 192
Lectureship Presentations 190
Books by Jay Guin 185
But If You Do Marry … 160
Amazing Grace/Churches of Christ in Decl 146
Quail Springs Minister “Disfellowshipped 142
U.S. Income and Employment Taxes for Mis 142
Pepperdine: The Stairmaster Lectureship 132
Are the Churches of Christ Declining? Mo 131
Quail Springs Church of Christ “Disfello 131
Buried Talents: “Women should remain sil 130
Buried Talents: 1 Corinthians 7 (Sex and 124
Are the Churches of Christ Declining? Mo 123
Are the Churches of Christ Declining? Mo 121
Adding Fried Chicken to the Lord’s Suppe 119
Richland Hills, Instrumental Music, and 119
Buried Talents: 1 Corinthians 11, An Spe 116
Upgrading a Church of Christ Worship Ser 116
Instrumental Music: The Temple Argument 115
Communion Meditation: A Lesson from an E 114
Amazing Grace/Churches of Christ in Decl 113
Communion Meditation: Heaven on Earth 107
A fresh approach to the Lord’s Supper 107
Thanks for Linking to Me (expanded but s 106
Churches of Christ in Decline?: Prescrip 106
Amazing Grace/Churches of Christ in Decl 104
Communion Meditation: The Christian Pass 101
Blue Like Jazz: Lesson materials 99
Buried Talents: “Women should remain sil 99
Buried Talents: “Women should remain sil 98
Quail Springs Church of Christ “Disfello 96
Buried Talents 96
Question for the Readers Re a Church Mer 93
Buried Talents: 1 Tim 2, Usurping Author 88
Churches of Christ in Decline? “Good New 83
Amazing Grace/Churches of Christ in Decl 83
Buried Talents: “Women should remain sil 82
Instrumental Music 81
The Good and Bad of Spiritual Formation 81
Future of the Progressive Churches of Ch 80
Buried Talents: “Women should remain sil 79
Buried Talents: “Women should remain sil 79
Buried Talents: Ephesians 5, Part 1 (“He 77
Amazing Grace/Churches of Christ in Decl 74
The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace 73
Quail Springs Church of Christ “Disfello 69
Amazing Grace 69
Buried Talents: 1 Corinthians 11, “The h 67
Amazing Grace/Churches of Christ in Decl 63
Quail Springs Church of Christ “Disfello 62
Surprised by Hope: Traditional Beliefs A 62
Buried Talents: Additional Material on E 62
Do We Teach Another Gospel? 61
Churches of Christ in Decline? 61
The Good and Bad of Spiritual Formation, 60
Leading Change: On Being a “Change Agent 59
Amazing Grace/Churches of Christ in Decl 59
The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter by 58
Baptism 54
In Response to an Email re Instrumental 54
On Church Plants 53
How do I know if God has called me to a 52
What really is a test of fellowship? 51
The Good and Bad of Spiritual Formation 51
Letter to a Gay Man in the Churches of C 51
Buried Talents: 1 Peter, “Co-heirs of Gr 50
Letter to a Gay Man in the Churches of C 49
Quail Springs Church of Christ “Disfello 48
The Prostitute, the Pharisee, and the Pr 48
Amazing Grace: Should We Re-baptize Bapt 46
Communion Meditation: The Body of Christ 44
What’s Wrong With How We Do Church? 43
Quail Springs Church of Christ “Disfello 43
The <i>”Gospel Advocate”</i> Creed 41
A Communion Meditation Reflecting on the 40
<i>Gospel Advocate</i> Creed 40
Buried Talents: “Women should remain sil 40
Buried Talents: Women in the Old Testame 40
Buried Talents: Ephesians 5, Part 1 (“He 39
What’s Wrong With How We Do Church?: The 39
Entertainment, Applause, and Worship 38
The Future of the Progressive Churches o 37
A Time to Speak 36
Hermeneutics 36
Communion Meditation: God’s Great Banque 36
What Wrong With How We Do Church?: Probl 35
Do We Teach Another Gospel? 35
Born of Water 34
A Communion Meditation: Death to Life 33
Happy Birthday to Me! 33
Communion Meditation: The Blood of the C 33
Meditation: The Extraordinary Ordinary 32
A Communion Meditation: The Pattern for 31
Communion Meditation: The Bread of Life 31
Buried Talents: Ephesians 5, Part 2 (“Su 31
A Theological History of Restoration Mov 31

I’m surprised that some of the most popular posts weren’t even written in May or 2008! “On Communion Meditations” was one my very first posts, going back to February 2007. How it came to get so much traffic is a bit beyond me. I did a Google search to see if someone had highlighted it in a blog, but can’t find any evidence of it. Maybe it’s been discussed in a private discussion group. (I wish someone would tell me.)

Not surprisingly, some of the posts dealing with the declining numbers in the Churches of Christ received a lot of attention.

On the other hand, I thought Communion Meditation: The Blood of the Covenant would be bigger. I mean, it seemed pretty original and significant to me. In fact, I thought someone would disagree with such an unconventional interpretation of the cup.

And I thought the rewrite of the discussion of 1 Cor 11:3 (God is the head of Christ, Christ the head of man, man the head of woman) was pretty original, too, and yet it didn’t elicit so much as a yawn. I mean, I’ve not yet seen a commentary that noticed that 11:3 is built on 8:6 etc. (But I suspect folks are getting tired of the role of women discussion. Oh, well. 🙄 )

But, then, I’ve never been good at predicting these things. 😕

I figure numbers will be down for summer. Folks will be traveling, and the odds are against any traffic generators like Flavil Yeakley’s “Good News and Bad News” report. Then again, whatever is driving the interest in my communion meditations may continue or even heat up. Who knows?

About Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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