Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #14]

Thomas Kinkade, the painter of lightThis week last year Thomas Kinkade, nicknamed The Painter of Light, died unexpectedly at the age of 54. His iconic paintings were loved my many. Though he had his critics, his commercial success is undeniable. The value of the estate he left behind was estimated to be worth $66 million dollars.

Not surprisingly his death was followed by a court battle as various interests fought over their share of the bounty. See Ecclesiastes 2:18-22. [Sources: Mercury News and CBS SF Bay Area]

During the 14th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles including:

 

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #14 on Digital Sojourner!

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #13]

Visa MasterCard LogoThis week last year VISA and MasterCard warned both banks and citizens of the United States that upwards of 10 million credit card numbers were compromised in a ‘massive’ security breach. [source]

This unfortunate event is yet another reminder that modern technology has not only brought about many new conveniences– but has also brought about many new dangers. Early in the course of human events the Bible says “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5 NKJV

Many, many years later little has changed…. the moment a new technology presents itself man will attempt to exploit it for evil.

During the 13th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles including:

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #4]

Dec 22, 1986 Sports Illustrated

Dec 22, 1986 Sports Illustrated

During the fourth week of January 2012 former head coach of the Penn State Football Team, Joe Paterno died. Paterno was considered to be one of the greatest college football coaches of all time with 298 wins and 18 bowl victories.

Unfortunately his record and memory will be forever tarnished because of his role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal which resulted in 111 of his wins and 6 bowl victories being vacated.

During the 4th week of 2012 there were a number of interesting Digital Sojourner posts including:

  • Brother Bruce Hulshizer continued his series of posts exploring the Book of Romans with His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 10 which looked at the well known verses of Romans 12:1-2.
  • In Home Call: Boushra Mikhael brother Keith Keyser eulogized his dear friend and brother in the faith Boushra Mikael. In the article Keith mentions some of brother Mikhael’s writings. In addition to the writings mentioned in the article brother Mikhael also authored The Desire of all Nations which was published around the same time as Keith’s article. The book is a collection of wonderful meditations on the glories of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Another popular article was brother Crawford Paul’s Social Media: 3 Important Concepts. The his article Crawford explored important social media concepts for Christians to keep in mind for ministry and outreach.

What was your favorite Digital Sojourner post of 2012 Week #4?

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #3]

Costa ConcordiaDuring the third week of January 2012 the world’s attention was focused on the unfolding disaster of the grounding of the Costa Concordia just off of the Italian Coast.

On Digital Sojourner there were a number of interesting posts. Here are a few of the highlights:

Hope you enjoy this flashback to 2012 Week #3

 

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New Scripture Index Feature!

 

Digital Sojourner is rolling out a new feature to help you quickly find articles that you are interested in. You can access this feature at any time by clicking on “Scripture Index” on the website’s top menu bar as illustrated above. The option can also be found on the bottom menu bar.

 

Digital Sojourner Scripture Index Screen Shot

Digital Sojourner Scripture Index Screen Shot

 

When you arrive at the index you will find a listing of all the books of the Bible for which there is a reference. Click on the book you are interested in and a listing of all the references, in verse order, will appear (if you click on the name of the book a second time the references will be hidden). Simply find the Scripture passage you are interested in and then click the name of the Digital Sojourner article. You will then be taken to that article. To return to the index click your browser’s back button or click on the menu bar’s Scripture Index option again.

The index is still a work in progress as many references and articles from last year still need to be entered, so be sure to check back often as this feature continues to develop.

 

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Top 12 Posts of 2012

12Generating a listing of ‘top posts’ is not as easy as it may seem. The simplest approach would be to take the 12 most viewed posts during the year. While this approach is easy, it clearly gives an unfair advantage to posts from January and February as compared to posts made later in the year.

Therefore, my methodology for selecting Digital Sojourner’s top 12 posts of 2012 is based on a combination of multiple factors: page views, month of posting, comments generated, and ‘click-throughs.’ By click-throughs I am referring to links embedded in a post that the reader actually clicks.

So without any further ado here are the top 12 posts:

12. Titus 3:12 – We All Need Each Other

11. How To Do A Parallel Bible Reading

10. NT Tuesday: The Importance of Corporate Prayer

9. Using Technology To Minister To The Elderly

8. Entry Level Theological Truth [36]

7. The Lord’s Gracious Work of Restoration

6. Reading John Nelson Darby

5. Home Call: Boushra Mikhael

4. A Christian Response To Tragedy

3. 5 Tips For Sharing Your Faith on Facebook

2. Home Call: David Reid

1. Preaching with an iPad – There’s An App For That.

 

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Most Read April 2012

April 2012 Digital Sojourner Most Read April 2012 has come and gone already. Amazing. Over the month of April Digital Sojourner covered several different subjects including: “Which Church?” a series of posts looking at the pattern of how local churches during New Testament times functioned, “Titus” a teaching series of video blog posts concerning the Epistle to Titus, and posts exploring the use of modern technology to aid us in the study of the Scriptures.

Of all of the articles posted during the month of April 2012 the five most read were:

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Titus – A New Series of Posts

Video Camera Titus Series Introduction

No, it’s not “déjà vu all over again” this IS another new new series of posts on Digital Sojourner! That makes two new series of posts launching this week! (Just in case you missed it here is a link to the other new series)

In this series of posts brother Stephen Baker of Liverpool, England will be “vlogging” (video blogging) through the book of Titus. I asked him to write a brief introduction of himself and this is what he wrote:

Stephen was born into a Christian family and came to trust the Lord for salvation at the age of five. After spending twenty nine years in business Stephen was commended, while living in Manchester, England to the grace of God in 2006 to preach the gospel and teach the scriptures. He now lives in Liverpool, England with his wife Carole and two grown up children where he mainly works spreading the message of the gospel.

Our intention is to post a new installment every Thursday, so be sure to visit regularly or subscribe to Digital Sojourner’s RSS Feed.

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Which Church? A New Series of Posts

Palm Tree New Post Series Which Church?

The Bible is clear: regular fellowship with a local group of believers is an essential aspect of the Christian life (Hebrews 10:25). Sounds simple enough. Unfortunately there are so many different “churches” the question of which local church to associate with is not an easy question to answer. Thankfully the Lord has provided guidance for us in His Word regarding this important issue.o associate with

Today, Digital Sojourner posted the first installment of a new 13 part series regarding the New Testament’s depiction of what a properly functioning local church should look like. Our plan is to post a new installment every Tuesday until the series concludes. The author of this series of posts is brother Jack Hay, who is an experienced and dedicated Bible teacher. I asked brother Hay to give a brief introduction of himself, and this is what he wrote:

I was saved as a boy in Prestwick, SW Scotland, and was commended to the Lord’s Work from the assembly there in 1972 at which time I moved 100 miles north to Perthshire. Since then I have been in fellowship with the assembly meeting in the Gospel Hall in Perth. For a number of years I was involved mainly in pioneer evangelism, but as the years have passed, more time has been spent in teaching the Scriptures. I take an interest in a few places where simple teaching is needed, e.g. Sri Lanka, where I have been visiting at least twice a year over recent years.

So, please join us each Tuesday as we explore God’s Word together. And, as always, be “a good Berean” (Acts 17:11) by searching the Scriptures to see if these things are so.

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Top 10 Posts of 2011

Wow! What a year 2011 has been. On October 1st Digital Sojourner officially launched. Since then the Lord has blessed this endeavor beyond measure and in ways that I never expected. The Lord has provided a whole team of contributors and guest bloggers. Amazing! Traffic to the site is strong, and DigSoj’s search engine rankings continue to improve. Fantastic! And perhaps the most exciting development was our teaming up with our new friends at mySonlight and starting to plan the Why We Web Conference 2012. Praise the Lord!

What were the most popular posts of 2011? This is not an easy question to answer, as there are many different metrics to consider. There are page views, click throughs, and post comments. And, is it fair to compare the number of views from a post that went up yesterday with a post that went up 85 days ago? Despite these challenges here are the Top Posts of 2011!

10. Forsake Not Stirring Up One Another

9. God’s Good news: Lesson 6, Part 2

8. Protecting Our Eyes Online

7. The Hunt For The Perfect Bible: The Lay Of The Land

6. On Field Prayer Saturday’s Penn State Nebraska Game

5. SPAM (Some Parts Are Me)

4. Podcast: Interview With Dwight Beavers of Voices For Christ

3. 3 Online Bibles For Serious Study

2. A Legacy Of Thanksgiving

1. Good News In A Floating Bottle

Thank you for your continued allegiance to Digital Sojourner! A blog’s most important component is its readers! So, thank you for the significant role you have played in getting Digital Sojourner off to a good start. May I ask you to pray regularly for DigSoj? Also, your feedback is very important. Have a suggestion? Please let us know.

Happy New Year and happy sojourning!

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