2022 Reflections

by | Jan 6, 2023 | News, Reflections

I have much be thankful for this year! I have reached the stage of life that Tevye dreamed about in his song “If I were a rich man”:

If I were rich, I’d have the time I lack, to sit in the synagogue and pray, And maybe have a seat by the Eastern wall. And I’d discuss the holy books with the learned men, seven hours every day, And that would be the sweetest thing of all!

– lyrics from If I Were a Rich Man, Fiddler on the Roof

2022 Highlights

  • Published 42 podcast episodes:
  • Published 45 new resources pages (see below).
  • 24,841 listens for the year; average 2,070 listens/month and 477/week; 400 episodes.
  • Advertised on The World Everything in It podcast (just for fun).
  • Joined the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge and completed a first draft of a book on the Sermon on the Mount (to be published in 2023).
  • Created a new podcast logo in December.
  • Got COVID and recovered without problem.

5 most downloaded podcasts published in 2022:

(These tend to be the podcasts published earliest in the year.)

04 Habakkuk 3:1-19 Habakkuk Responds

01 Sabbath: Why remember the sabbath

02 Habakkuk 1:1-2:1 Habakkuk Complains

01 When God calls: Burn your ox

02 When God calls: Rethink Greatness

5 most downloaded podcasts in 2022 overall:

18 Why have you forsaken me? Mark 15:22-41

03 Philippians 1:12-26 To live is Christ

04 Habakkuk 3:1-19 Habakkuk Responds

01 Sabbath: Why remember the sabbath

02 Habakkuk 1:1-2:1 Habakkuk Complains

5 most downloaded episodes from Matthew 8-12

(These also tend to be the earliest published in the year.)

42 Matthew 7:28-8:13 Authority of Jesus

43 Matthew 8:14-17 Jesus heals, fulfilling Isaiah

44 Matthew 8:18-22 Foxes & Funerals

46 Matthew 8:28-34 Demons & Pigs

48 Matthew 9:9-13 Eating with sinners

5 most downloaded episodes from Matthew 1-7

37 Matthew 6:25-34 Anxious for tomorrow

33 Matthew 6:11 The Lord’s Prayer: Daily Bread

01 Gospel of Matthew Introduction

35 Matthew 6:13 The Lord’s Prayer: Temptation

32 Matthew 6:7-10 The Lord’s Prayer: Thy Kingdom come

45 new resources added in 2022

For new believers:

I’m a new believer.  Where do I start?

Why is life so hard?

How do I know I’m saved?

Tell me more about Jesus

How do I find God’s will for my life?

Is Jesus coming back?

I need an overview of the Bible?

How do I study the Bible?

Background, Who, What

Who were the Pharisees?

Who were the Sadducees?

Who were the Essenes?

Who were the Zealots?

Observation: Analyzing Structure

What is God’s hesed?

What does it mean to fear God?

Should Christians fast today?

What is the nature of faith

Who was Beelzebul?

What is All Saint’s Day?

Bible Study Resources

Olivet Discourse Chart

How to use e-sword to parse a word

Modern Commentaries online

Lexicons & Dictionaries online

Sheep, Shepherd imagery in Scripture

Maps: New Testament

Maps: Old Testament

Word Study Resources

apostle, apostolos

authority, exousia

authority, authenteo

believe, pisteuo

coming, parousia

endurance, hupomoné

fear, phobeo

finish, teleo

helper, parakletos

hope, elpis

judge, krino

faith, pistis

force, biazo

receive, dechomai

reward, misthos


save, sozo

worry, merimano

worthy, axios

This podcast allows me to spend many hours every day in prayer and Bible study, for which I am very thankful. Truth be told, I’d do it even if know one else listened. But it’s nice to be able to share the “wealth” with you. Here’s something about WitW listeners:

Where you listen

While the vast majority of listeners are in the United States, you’ll also find WitW listeners in 138 other countries.

Top 10 outside the US:

  1. Singapore
  2. France
  3. Australia
  4. Canada
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Spain
  7. Kenya
  8. South Africa
  9. Philippines
  10. Nigeria

In the US, most listeners are in my home state of Virginia. After Virginia, the top 10 are:

  1. North Carolina
  2. Texas
  3. Illinois
  4. Georgia
  5. Minnesota
  6. Iowa
  7. California
  8. South Carolina
  9. Tennessee
  10. Ohio

How you listen

  • 80% listen on Mobile Applications
  • 8% listen through a web browser
  • 8% listen anonymously
  • 4% listen through a personal assistant, desktop app, tablet or smart TV

Favorite podcast apps

The vast majority listen directly from this website. After that, the top 5 are:

  1. apple podcasts
  2. podchaser
  3. google podcasts
  4. tunein
  5. spotify

Please tell your friends about the podcast — but more importantly, encourage them with something you learned.

Next: January 2023

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Previous: 2021 Reflections

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