Today is my second blogiversay! I started publishing this blog two years ago on March 21, 2006, writing two posts “Welcome” and “Questions“. (My first blogiversary post was simply called “Blogiversary“.)
Usually, at a milestone such as this, I would list my most popular blog posts. Instead, this time I’m going to list my favorite blog post or series for each month of the last year:
April 2007 – “Connecting the Dots” series
May 2007 – “Do we want to be associated with a Samaritan?“
June 2007 – “Edification” series
July 2007 – “But I have perfect attendance…“
August 2007 – tie: “Please allow me to introduce myself” and “It is dangerous to ask ‘Why?’“
September 2007 – “Elders” series
October 2007 – tie: “Dropping the ‘H’ bomb” and “Should elders be paid a salary?” series
November 2007 – “Spiritual Gifts” series
December 2007 – “Guaranteed Church Building Program“
January 2008 – tie: “Baptism” series and “Won’t Get Fooled Again“
February 2008 – “Theological Sources” series
March 2008 – “Stumbling Blocks“
Primarily, I started this blog as an aid for my studies. As I studied and read about the church, I wanted an outlet to discuss many of the ideas that I’ve read about or that I’ve formulate. In that sense, this blog has been a huge success. However, I don’t think the success of this blog is due to my writing. Instead, the success is due to the interaction that I’ve had with many of my readers, both through the comments of this blog, through emails, and in person.
By the way, when I say that this blog has been a success, I’m not talking about the number of hits or pageviews, although I’m happy that those have grown. Instead, I’m saying that this blog has been successful as an outlet and a place for discussion about the church.
Some may not realize that the things that I’m studying are not merely academic to me. When I learn something about the church or about God or about life or about service or about love, I try to implement in my life. This does not mean that my life is an “experiment”. However, it does mean that I recognize that God will continue to teach and grow and mature me. Sometimes he uses Scripture. Sometimes he uses experiences. Sometimes he uses books. Sometimes he uses other people. There are many avenues, but God uses all of them to mature me (and all of us) in Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
So, thank you – my readers – for being part of my discipleship process. Believe me, I learn from you every day, and I do not take your interaction for granted. I thank God for you often and ask him to use me in your lives as much as he’s used you in my life.
I do not consider myself an expert. Instead, I see us all as pilgrims, sharing a journey with our Lord as we make our way home. Thank you for walking with me and helping me walk more like our Lord.