Sunday, August 14, 2011

Changed By The Gospel - 1 Year Later

August 14th! That was the day that I posted my first blog. Today is my 1 year anniversary. To be honest, when I started, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew is that I had wanted to blog for a long time, but the timing was never right. After I finished school and my book, the desire to blog continued to grow. I wanted to continue to write and I knew a blog was a place that I could work out life on paper (or computer screen). That might sound weird, but writing helps me think through issues, pastoral ministry, current events, and theology. I also wanted a place I could post book reviews because I knew I would take reading more serious if I did that (btw, I have posted 32 book reviews this past year, check the entire list HERE).

I was ready to start, but I needed to have that angle, or at least a good name for the blog. I will never forget searching and realizing that the domain name, www.changedbythegospel.com was still available. I was shocked and jumped all over it. I chose that name because that is the heartbeat of my life. The gospel changes people forever. It has changed me and will change you. It changes people from the inside out. I get tired of those people that try to moralize people when what they need to do is to preach the gospel to them. The gospel will moralize them. A friend of mine once said:

"Our goal in ministry is not to moralize unconverted people, 
but to see immoral people converted."

That thought changes the way I do ministry and how I relate to people. I do not get shocked when I see unbelieving people do really bad things. I know that if it were not by the grace of God, I would be doing the exact same things. As Paul told the Corinthians (my theme verse above), "such WERE some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God."

Over the course of this past year, I have had some good months and some bad months of blogging. Probably my favorite month was January, when I posted the top 31 books that have impacted me and shaped me into the theologian or pastor that I am today. If you are curious, check out the summary and links that I posted to that series I called The Books!

I invite you to stay tuned this week to the blog. It is my plan this week, Anniversary Week, to have some special posts each day about this past year and what I have planned for the coming year. One thing to note, I will announce on Tuesday a very special giveaway. You will not want to miss it.

Thanks for all your support. I appreciate your comments. Honestly, I think I would continue to write, even if nobody visited this site. It helps me. But the fact that many of you are visiting, that makes things even more fun! I hope you have been encouraged by something I have said this past year.

To God Be The Glory,

Thad Bergmeier

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