About Me:
My name is Timothy Berg (or Timbo, or Tim - or really anything but "Timmy"). ​I'm a follower of Jesus, a preacher of the Gospel, a student of Scripture, and an ex-fundamentalist. I was introduced to Jesus as a small boy, and then raised in the Independent Fundamental Baptist movement (which calls itself a "movement" rather than a denomination, and sometimes goes by the simple "IFB" for short). I interned several summers in IFB churches. I attended one of the “premier” IFB Bible Colleges, Heartland Baptist Bible College (just ask students there - they'll be happy to tell you that they're the "Harvard" of Bible Colleges), and graduated (with honors) with the​ir 4-year Diploma in Biblical Studies (which they claim is equivalent to a BA). I also completed almost their entire Graduate School Program in Biblical Studies (which they claim is the equivalent of a Masters Level Education). But that education (if one chooses to call it that) adds very little to who I am. 

Somewhere along the way, the Gospel of a crucified and risen Savior became more important to me. (I could write a book on the number of ways God brought the Gospel into my legalistic life. Maybe I will someday!) And as that Gospel grew larger in my own estimation, everything that was essential to Fundamentalism (in the modern sense of the title) simply became less important to me. Eventually, the true "distinctives" of Fundamentalism (like the claims that the King James Bible and the Textus Receptus are the verbally preserved Word of God, or that Jesus started an IFB church, and only IFB churches were “true churches” with a succession of baptisms that went back to Him, or the demands for extreme “dress standards” as measures of holiness, or the similarly demanded rejection of CCM and acceptance only of 1950’s style worship) were of so little importance to me that I was able to finally objectively ask whether there was in fact any Biblical evidence for them. I came to conclude that there wasn’t any (some of my friends would clearly disagree), and so gradually abandoned these distinctives one by one (while still retaining each of the actual distinctives of historic fundamentalism). This put me somewhat at odds with “The Movement” and as it turned out,  a parting of ways was forced upon me.

And I couldn't be more grateful. God took me out of a movement where I was steeped in legalism (I'm not accusing anyone in my past of that, except for myself) and put me into a family overrun by the Gospel of Grace. I now am a proud covenant member at Bridgeway Church , where I help lead several Community Groups, and am blessed to hear Sam Storms preach the Gospel every week, and to worship together with the most amazing family of believers I've ever known. The Gospel has become my passion, Biblical study and preaching remain my great loves, and Jesus means more to me than He ever has before. I've come to deeply value early Christian Creeds (like those of Nicaea and Chalcedon in particular) as well as to deeply value  my Protestant lineage (especially the "5 Solas" that sometimes are used to capture Protestant thought). 

Life couldn't be better.
God couldn't be more good!
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