HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO BECAUSE IT MATTERS!

It’s hard to believe, but today marks the first anniversary of this blog!

As of this moment, there have been 114,809 views of the blog in the past year. That blows my mind! By the end of the day that number will go over 115,000.

The posts which have gotten by far the most viewers have been a few particular cases of charges of sex abuse against pastors. These have been the posts where the church community has found a place to communicate – for better or worse. While often it seems like it is for worse, I’m watching a narrative unfold that tells a greater story of what really happens in the church when a pastor is accused of sex abuse – whether justly or unjustly. The effects are far more devastating that anyone wants to admit. And I hope that some find answers and learn more about the issue of sex abuse in the church as a result.

There are two posts on this blog which are viewed every single day. They are God Answers Prayer in Abusive Marriages and Does God Want Me to Stay in an Abusive Marriage? The simple fact that these two articles are literally viewed several times, and sometimes many times, every single day says volumes about the relevance of this issue in the church. All the other articles I have written about domestic abuse in the church are viewed constantly, though not every one is accessed every day. Many of them (collectively) are accessed each day. Overall, the domestic abuse articles are viewed more than the articles on clergy sex abuse.

Thank you — to all of you who regularly, and occasionally, read here. Bless you — to all of you who have become cyber friends! You know who you are! I’ve “met” some wonderful people in the past year.

I’m looking forward to what God has in store for the next year. I know the very nature of this blog doesn’t bring all roses, but I know God also has good things planned. There are always good plans awaiting as well.