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One Year Old Today
I started this website on April 8th, 2002, inspired in part by the growing blog phenomenon, and hoping that in some small way I might be able to help Christians in their walks of faith.
I started as MartinRothOnline.com. My initial posting was as follows:
For those in the West trying to live as Christians it sometimes seems that the whole culture is conspiring against us.
Jesus preached a message that was revolutionary in its day: love, forgiveness, service, integrity, trust, humility, prayer, compassion, justice, and more. Yet too often in our world today we see self-interest placed ahead of love and compassion, rule by the powerful in place of justice and service, spin instead of honesty and integrity.
The message of Jesus has become revolutionary again. Christianity is the new counter-culture.
This website is intended as a service to Christians trying to live under God in a post-Christian world. I plan a daily weblog and regular articles and interviews, as well as links to resources on the web. I hope we might also have fun.
The daily weblog didn’t last long. It was a lot of work, and I was very happy to be able to hand over blog duties to Bene Diction, a talented Canadian journalist now blogging on here.
I initiated the Semi-Definitive List of Christian Blogs, which was on my site for three months before moving to blogs4God.
But I found I most enjoyed writing slightly longer, reflective pieces, and I decided to concentrate on these. I later changed the name of my site, to Martin Roth Christian Commentary.
In the long build-up to war I became fascinated by the varying aspects of a Christian’s relation to the military, and I wrote about that frequently (taking a generally pro-war stance). It was these pieces that have led to a big increase in traffic to my site, particularly this year.
Altogether, in my one year of existence I have received 130,000 unique visitors, and 180,000 page views. This March, my best month, I had 19,800 visitors and 27,400 page views.
My most popular commentaries have been:
1. Just War, Christians and Iraq – Where Is the Justice in Not Attacking?
I hope to write more on the theme of Living Like Jesus, with the dream of turning it into a book. Several years ago I put together a lengthy proposal for a book about how the drift away from a Bible-centred way of life actually threatened Western culture, and advising Christians how to live out the stories of Jesus.
I entered the proposal in a local competition for new Christian books. And came second. The winner got $10,000. I got a laminated certificate. My book remains unwritten.
I have written a novel – a thriller with a Christian theme - and am exploring ways of placing this on the site (but charging visitors a small sum to read it). [Update: The novel was placed on the site and attracted two donations, totalling $15. It has now been published.)
And I’m sure there will be many more adventures.
Thank you to all visitors to this site. I have been blessed, and I pray that you have been too.
April 8th, 2003