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Sorry About a Draft Post I Inadvertently Made Public

If you read this blog via RSS, you might receive a post that was not meant to be published. I write down my thoughts on draft posts, and later I turn them into finished products. I inadvertently hit publish instead save draft. I plan in the next day or two to write a post titled, What Evangelical Pastors Think They Know About Atheists. You who might have viewed the draft outline are now privy to what I intend to say. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone.

Bruce

Social Media Changes

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Effective today, I have made some changes to my social media accounts. These changes reflect the fact that my social media accounts drive very little traffic to this site. My goal as a writer is for people to read my writing, and if they so inclined share it on their own social media accounts and/or leave comments. Me posting article links to my own social media pages is not the same as readers doing so. What I have found is that I get a minuscule amount of traffic from Twitter, and even less from Google+. My Facebook page drives a small amount traffic to this site, but the hassles of maintaining the page and dealing with God’s Avenging Servants® far outweigh the traffic benefit. I have also found that much of the Facebook traffic comes from the memes I post, and not my writing.

With these things in mind, I am closing the social media accounts associated with this site. I will still have a personal Facebook account. If you would like to be friends with me on Facebook, please send me a friend request. I am quite selective about who I friend, so please do not take it as a personal slight if I don’t accept your request. I tend to accept friend requests from people who comment on this blog or people I have had some sort of private interaction with in the past. I do NOT accept friend requests from Evangelicals, nor do I accept requests from atheists who spend their waking hours waging war against Christianity. I treat Facebook as a place where I can hang out with family and friends. While I don’t have a problem with spirited discussions about politics and religion, I don’t want to spend my time on Facebook engaging in fruitless discussions that never end well.

Readers can continue to read this site via via RSS or receive a daily email digest of my writing. You can sign up for the email digest using the form at the end of every post or the form on the sidebar. You can unsubscribe at any time.

 

Switch From HTTP to HTTPS

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Several weeks ago, I switched The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser from using  HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) to HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). This switch was necessitated by Google’s plan to warn internet users when they are accessing an insecure (non-HTTPS) site. Doing so makes readers think that this site is insecure and unsafe to access. This is, of course, patently untrue. That said, it is in the long-term best interest of this site to use HTTPS.

Making this switch has one unfortunate complication. People using ancient browsers — say IE6 or Safari 5 — that don’t support modern encryption protocols will no longer be able to read this site. There’s nothing I can do about this. I encourage readers using unsupported browsers to update their browsers or switch to one that supports the latest encryption and security protocols.

Bruce

2017 Contact Form

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Updated January 1, 2017

If you would like to contact Bruce Gerencser, please use the following form. If your email warrants a response I will respond as soon as possible. Due to persistent health problems, I cannot guarantee a timely response. Sometimes,I am three or four weeks behind on responding to email. My delay doesn’t mean I don’t care. It does mean I can only do what I can do. I hope you understand.

If you are an Evangelical Christian who has a pathological need to evangelize, please read Dear Evangelical before sending me an email. I reserve the right to make your message and name public. This blog is read by thousands of people, so keep that in mind when you email me whatever it is you think “God” has laid upon your heart. Do you really want your ignorance put on display for thousands of people to see?

Please do not send me unsolicited medical advice. I am under the care of competent physicians and I am satisfied with their care.

I promise to treat all correspondence with you as confidential (with the one exception mentioned above).

You can also contact me on Facebook.

Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

2017 Comment Policy

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Updated January 1, 2017

All commenters are expected to use a functioning email address. The use of a fake or non-functioning email address will result in your comment being deleted.

Pseudonyms are permitted.

All first-time comments and comments with more than one HTML link are moderated.

Before commenting, please read the ABOUT page to acquaint yourself with my background. You might also want to read the Dear Evangelical page.

The following type of comments will not be approved:

  • Preachy/sermonizing comment
  • Bible verse-quoting comment
  • Evangelizing comment
  • I am praying for you comment
  • You are going to hell comment
  • You never were saved comment
  • You never were a Christian comment
  • Any comment that is a personal attack
  • Any comment that is not on point with what the post is about
  • Any comment that denigrates abuse victims

I write about issues that might not be child-friendly. Please be aware of this. I also use profanity from time to time, and I allow the use of profanity in the comment section.

The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser is not a democracy where visitors have a right to say whatever they want. This is my personal blog and I reserve the right to approve or disapprove any comment. When a comment or a commenter is abusive towards the community of people who read this blog, I reserve the right to ban the commenter.

If you can be respectful, decent, and thoughtful, your comment will always be approved. Unfortunately, there are many people — Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christians in particular — who have a hard time playing well with others. Using a passive-aggressive approach in the comment section will not be tolerated and will result in a permanent ban.

This blog is also not a place for hardcore atheists to preach the gospel of atheism. While I am an atheist, some of the people who read this blog are not. Frank, honest, open, and passionate discussion about religion, Christianity, and Evangelicalism is encouraged and welcome. However, I do expect atheists not to attack, badger, or denigrate people who still believe in God. If you are respectful, decent, and thoughtful, you will be fine.

Generally, I will post one comment from a preachy, Bible-quoting, evangelizing Evangelical. If this describes you, please make sure you say all you need to say in your comment. No further comments will be approved.

My writing is direct and pointed, and so is my response to comments. Please do not confuse my directness and pointedness with me attacking you or your religion. This is a grown-up blog, so cries that I offended you or “attacked” your religion will fall on deaf ears.

If you can play by these rules, I hope you will become a part of our community and join the discussion.

If you have further questions about the commenting policy, please use the contact form below to email  Bruce.

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Thank You and A Personal Note

 

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I want to take a few moments to thank those who have financially supported me in 2016. I appreciate each donation. Donations are used to pay for server, software, and general site costs. Any excess donations are used to take Polly out on the town.

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PayPal donations (monthly and one-time) through December 16, 2016

  • No Longer Quivering
  • Katherine
  • Sonya
  • Milan
  • Elaine
  • Roberta
  • Geoff
  • Kat
  • Lois
  • Roy
  • Ian
  • Kristine
  • Gene
  • Shaun
  • Thomas
  • Angela

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Patreon Monthly Donations 2016

  • Jackie
  • Cat
  • Brian
  • Carolyn
  • Karen
  • Marja
  • Stephen
  • August
  • Kerri

Here is how the income and expenses break down for 2016:

  • Total 2016 Paypal/Patreon Contributions and Amazon income through December 16, 2016: $1,068.52
  • Total site expenses: $1,119.41
  • Net income: $49.11

If you would like to make a donation via PayPal, please go here. If you would like to become a monthly supporter via Patreon, please go here. You can also support this site by buying books through our Amazon Bookstore.

Personal Note

I am hesitant to talk about my personal financial situation, but in fairness to everyone I need to do so. I have never been one to beg and plead for money, threatening to commit blog suicide. I find such appeals distasteful and I would rather stop blogging than attempt to guilt people into making donations. That said, after five years of maximum out-of-pocket medical expenses and nominal wage increases for Polly, we find ourselves behind the proverbial financial eight-ball. I have several things in the works that I hope will generate income for me personally, but these business ventures will take time (and money) to get up and running. It remains to be seen if these ventures will be profitable. As of today, we are current on all of our bills, but I am not sure they will remain this way for very long. I am doing what I can, but I am increasingly worried about our future financial state.

In my preaching days, I would ask people to pray. Prayer is no longer an option — not that it ever paid a bill — so all I can do is let people know that we have a need. If you are inclined to help, I appreciate it. If not, that’s okay too. Regardless, I will continue to do what I can to provide quality writing for those interested in what I have to say.

I appreciate your love and support. My life has been immeasurably blessed by the people (many who are now friends) I’ve met through this blog. I hope that you have found, in some small way, my writing to be helpful.

If I can ever be of help, please let me know.  You can contact me via the contact page.

Your Fellow Voice of Reason,

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Mental Health Break

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I am on a week-long mental health break. You can expect to see new posts from me starting next Monday. Until then, I plan to publish several guest posts along with new episodes of the Sounds of Fundamentalism series, Songs of Sacrilege series, and the On the Road Looking for God’s True Church series. I will also be publishing archival posts that have recently been recently re-edited by my editor, Grammar Grandma.

I am also taking a weeklong break from social media. I will post all of the aforementioned posts to social media, but I will not be available to answer comments/questions or argue with Christian Fundamentalists.  Roy, Michael, Suzanne, and Carolyn will have their watchful eyes on my Facebook page. I will post any breaking news reports about clergy sexual misconduct. Sadly, the clergy abuse monster never sleeps.

Thank you for your love, kindness, and support. I’ll “see” you in a week.

Bruce

Added PRINT Post Function

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Have you ever wanted to print one of my posts and mail it to all the Independent Baptist preachers in your town? Well, now you can. I have added a PRINT post function (using the Print Post and Page Plugin) which is located at the bottom left of each page (before the mailing list signup form). This functions strips the HTML from the page and formats it so it can be easily printed. Due to the vast number of browsers and printers, I can’t guarantee that this new function will work with every browser/printer combination.  I tested this function with Firefox 47.0.1 and a Brother DCP-7065DN Laser Printer. The text and graphics printed correctly. I am quite impressed with this plugin’s functionality and I think you will be too.

iOS and Android smartphones and tablets handle printing differently, so this plugin will not work on these devices. Most iOS and Android devices/browsers have a built-in printing function and there are apps that can be used to handle page printing.

Let me know what you think.

By the Numbers — January 1, 2016 Thru June 30, 2016

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I love statistics and I know some of you do too. I use Clicky Web Analytics (Premium)  to provide metrics by which I can judge the reach and effectiveness of this site. My objective is to get my writing in front of as many people as I possibly can. These statistics reflect the period from January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016.

Some statistical categories may be under-reported due to the fact that I do not use post excerpts. This means visitors to the front page of this site can read eight posts and it only counts as one page view. Mailing list subscribers and users of RSS feed readers receive the complete text of all posts written on a particular day. Many sites use post excerpts, forcing readers to come to the site to read the entire post. I want to make it as easy as possible for people to read my writing even if it reduces several statistical categories. It is for this reason, I do not use post excerpts.

Social Media (all numbers as of today)

  • Facebook Likes-375 (+77 from January 1, 2016)
  • 47% Female, 50% Male
  • Ages 18-34-17%, Ages 35-64-68%, Ages 65+-8%
  • Facebook Post Reach-43,703
  • Facebook Post Engagement- 5,860
  • Twitter Followers-1,658 (+161 from April 7,2016)
  • 75% Male, 25% Female

Visitors and Page Views

  • Visitors-177,689
  • Page Views-389,204

Mailing List and RSS Subscribers

  • Mailing List Subscribers-379
  • RSS Feed Subscribers-400 (Approximate)

Search

  • Secure Search-57,772 (90.4% of searches)
  • Other Searches-5,700

Top Twenty Searches

  • Bruce Gerencser
  • Jack Schaap
  • Bruce Gerenscer
  • BruceGerencser.net
  • The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser
  • Steve Anderson Pastor
  • John 3:16
  • From Evangelicalism to Atheism
  • Donna Rice
  • God is Love
  • Jack Hyles
  • Jack Schaap Divorce
  • Jeremiah Johnson Prophet Donald Trump
  • Bruce Gerenser
  • David Hyles
  • Pastor Steven Anderson
  • Steven Anderson
  • Cindy Schaap
  • I Hate Jesus
  • Faithful Word Baptist Church

Top Twenty Referrers

Top Twenty Pages

Total Site Statistics (December 2014 through July 7, 2016)

  • 1,225 posts
  • 9,144 comments

Security (December 2014 through July 7, 2016)

  • 122,206 Spam Comments
  • 793,655 Blocked Malicious Login Attempts

Platforms

  • 55% mobile users (iOS, Android smartphones, tablets)
  • 8% Mac
  • 17% Windows 7
  • 10% Windows 10
  • 8% Windows Other
  • 2% Linux

Thank You

 

thank you

 

I want to take a few moments to thank those who have financially supported this site. I appreciate each donation. Donations are used to pay for server space (Flywheel WordPress managed service), software, and general site costs. Any excess donations are used to take Polly out on the town.

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PayPal donations (monthly and one-time) from March 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016

  • No Longer Quivering
  • Thomas
  • Shaun
  • Gene
  • Elaine
  • Ian
  • Angela

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Patreon Monthly Donations as of June 30, 2016

  • Jackie
  • Cat
  • Brian
  • Carolyn
  • Karen
  • Marja
  • Steven
  • August

If you would like to make a donation via PayPal, please go here. If you would like to become a monthly supporter via Patreon, please go here. You can also support this site by buying books through our Amazon Bookstore.

If I can ever be of help, please let me know.  You can email me via the contact page.

Your Fellow Voice of Reason,

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