2010 in Review

Goodbye 2010. Hello 2011.

In 2010, I adjusted to life in America after coming home from Africa in late 2009. The year started out pretty good for me: I got married to my best friend Carly on January 16. Over the next 12 months, I worked three different jobs. My wife and I lived in three different residences. We became members at our church and it became home to us. We completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University…twice.  (Therefore, we paid off thousands of dollars of student debt and paid off our car loan.) I read through the entire Bible. I started raising financial support to work at my church as a pastoral intern.

The list could go on, but I’ll stop for now. The common thread with 2010, as with every other year of my life, was God’s faithfulness and grace. His presence was clear, his comfort was gentle, his grace was sweet, and his rebuke was heavy. More often than not, the many species of pride in my life — self-pity, anger, bitterness, defensiveness, envy — clouded my view of these glorious things.

Happy New Year, friend. And it will be a happy new year, if you have God in your life. I think a recent Tweet by John Piper is appropriate:

God promises new troubles (Mat. 6:34), new mercies (Lam 3:23), and new hope (2 Cor 4:16) for every day this year.

The troubles will only make sense, and the mercies and hope will only be fulfilling, if Jesus is at the center of your 2011. I pray he is.

(If you want to see some stats from 2010 for this blog, click on the link below.)

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So with another year past that means another year of blogging is in the books. I have great hopes for Beneath the Cross in 2011. Unfortunately, this past year was sporadic at best. Time and circumstances didn’t always allow for blogging. Below, you’ll notice that WordPress has been kind enough to provide some tidbits about the blog. Maybe you’ll find it interesting, or funny.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.  [Apparently that means this is a good blog.]

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats. [I don’t know what this means.]

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 141 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 808 posts. There were 77 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 12mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 12th with 902 views. The most popular post that day was Meet Norm, The Melodramatic Montrealer Ump.

[This post was so popular because it was on WordPress’s “Freshly Squeezed” on May 12. I have no idea how that happened or how to get that to happen again.]

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and [A special thanks to the latter two sites, especially, for bringing so many people to the blog!]

Some visitors came searching, mostly for valley of achor, does prayer change god’s mind, jacob wrestles with god commentary, highest murders in us by city 2009, and reasons why i love my dad.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010. [These are not necessarily my best posts. I’ll leave that vote up to you.]


Meet Norm, The Melodramatic Montrealer Ump May 2010


Which U.S. City Has the Highest Murder Rate Per Capita? March 2009


Does Prayer Change God’s Mind? March 2008


24 Reasons I Love My Dad June 2008


Out of the Valley of Achor into a Door of Hope September 2008