One in Jesus: The Year in Review

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What? We get to have another lesson on inaugurated eschatology? Wow!

Well, the year started off with me being mostly dead due to a bout of blood poisoning: sepsis. I got to within two or three minutes of all dead.

So five surgeries and seven hospitalizations later, I’m much better and enjoying my grandchildren, as an old person who was once mostly dead should. I’m back at work and posting daily once again. But I’m still not quite up to par. I just don’t have the old stamina back — but I’m gaining ground.

I’ve taken a leave of absence from my congregation’s eldership, which has helped give me time to visit doctors and relax. Of course, for me, relaxing is studying the scriptures and writing. It’s strange, I know, but it’s how God made me.

Despite missing a good deal of time, One in Jesus has had one of its best years ever. Here are some stats —

  • 376 posts
  • 521,000 page views (recorded; does not include those who read by email (over 800 per day) or RSS (around 200 per day). So the total is probably around 750,000 or more. The Internet does not lend itself to exactitude.
  • 169,000 unique visitors
  • 8,000 comments (THANKS!) (Most frequent commenters were Grace (533), Laymond (484), and Charles McLean (410). Again, many, many thanks!)

A little math shows an average readership of about 1,500 per post, but if you add the email and RSS readers, less those who don’t actually read but are too polite to cancel, you get something over 2,000 per post or 15,000 page views per week.

The most popular posts were —

It’s a little bit humbling for two of the top four posts to be by a CCM band and another teacher. But I’m proud to have helped draw attention to both Cloverton and Ray Vander Laan. And the sixth most popular post is about other people’s blogs! So humbling … But now I know why so many want to be listed here.

The whole Muscle and a Shovel thing was entirely by accident. A reader asked me to read and comment on the book in 2013, and the resulting post drew a modest amount of attention. But it was picked up by the Christian Chronicle — while I was in the hospital busy being mostly dead. I tried to beg out of the publicity — I was really not up to it — but the Chronicle insisted on running the story with my comments. And that led to my posting a much more extensive review of the book. The index to the review has drawn 5,400 page views.

What Must be Preserved of the Churches of Christ (Part 6)” holds the record for most comments: 509.

December 4 was the busiest day, with around 4,800 page views (plus email and RSS views). This is the day my Cloverton post went viral on Facebook, a year after it was originally posted. You never know …

Matt Dabbs, Brad Palmore, and I re-booted Wineskins in late 2013 and finally found our stride about halfway through 2014. We had a rough start, but readership has been dramatically up, and I’ve been delighted with the quality of writing from so many others.

I nominated Matt to be editor. I thought Wineskins needed a young, energetic editor who could point the E-zine toward the generations younger than me, and he’s done a marvelous job. We have a lot of work to do to get Wineskins where we’d like it to be, but 2014 has shown dramatic gains.

Wineskins had about 150,000 page views in 2014, with most of those in September – December. We closed out the year with about 18,000 page views in December.

So, does any of this matter? Well, in the advertising industry they like to say that half of all advertising money is wasted — it’s just that no one knows which half.

Just so, the Spirit is moving in the Churches of Christ. We are growing in our understanding of God, Jesus, and the grace they have given us. There’s a generation of godly, talented young preachers taking on leadership, giving us every reason to be encouraged about our future.

How much impact the Spirit has had via One in Jesus and Wineskins can’t be calculated, but it’s easy to see the direction God is taking the Churches of Christ. And we are following where the Spirit leads, and that’s enough.

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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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13 Responses to One in Jesus: The Year in Review

  1. David P Himes says:

    Your devotion to honest, open study of the Text is evident in all you posts. And your ability to post such substantive comments so regularly amazes most of us. We all hope your health remains strong for many more years. Your contributions to our spiritual lives cannot be properly measured.

  2. Ellis says:

    Amen to David’s comments!! Jay, One in Jesus has been a great blessing to many in the One Cup/No Class/No IM/No-No-No segment of the CofC. Thanks for the help and may God continue to bless you in 2015.

  3. Royce says:

    If a Boise had to be made, my view is that you are more useful to the kingdom writing than serving University as an elder. I haven’t always agreed but I have always love and respected you. If

  4. Royce says:

    I’m in love with Android’s spel chek.

  5. X-Ray says:

    Isn’t that the same look your grandkids use when you put up a new post? 😉

  6. Ray Downen says:

    I’m a member of Christ’s church but not of a Church of Christ. I’m glad for Christians in any group who seek the good of Christ’s church, and I gladly approve of Jay’s improved health and look forward to many more years of his blessing us all with good and kind words. Every church needs elders like Jay. I’m glad he makes time to serve as an elder! I pray for continued improved health for Jay Guin.

  7. JES says:

    Amen Ray. May we all dedicate ourselves to becoming this kind of disciple.

  8. Melanie says:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and the hard work that you do studying the Scriptures. I read your blog through my email and searching your web site for specific topics. I especially appreciate the bible lessons that you share. Have you thought about publishing them so others could use them as a discussion guide for Sunday School classes?

  9. Chris says:

    Ditto! to David’s comments, as well as the best of everyone else’s. Thank you Jay! Your writings are a great blessing.

  10. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    X-ray wrote,

    Isn’t that the same look your grandkids use when you put up a new post? 😉

    I have accordingly recaptioned the photo.

  11. X-Ray says:

    Fantastic! 😀

    (I know your long-term plan is to let them run the virtual reality version of Wineskins about 30 years from now.)

  12. wayne says:

    thanks and God bless , I’m one of the RSS feeds that doesn’t comment much, but look forward to each one,

  13. Paula Robbins says:

    I had no idea the extent of your health problems. I just said a prayer for your continued health. Thank you for all you do.

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