Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1
I love this photo. Candles in churches have always signified to me the prayers of the saints. Grandmothers and mothers, fathers and sons lighting candles and asking God to hear their prayers. It speaks to me of intercession. And is a sign that our prayers go on after we have left the building.
I grew up Baptist, it wasn't common in that tradition to light candles like this. But my mother grew up part Catholic and so it was with her I learned to light candles and offer prayers. It is that 'part Catholic' that is interesting as I sit here trying to write some kind of meaningful biography that somehow gives account for why I do what I do and how in the world I ended up here.
Very few people have clear cut journeys anymore.... we walk a path with more cross roads and intersections. Sometimes I think my journey has been more like the freeway and neighborhood road system of a metroplex.
Sometimes I kept looping back around and at times I was on a road, not always sure where I was heading..
When I was in High School I became part of a youth group. I had a youth minister who believed in discipleship, teaching Bonhoffer to a group of 16 year olds. And that was my training ground except that I went on to do my own thing - working in the fashion industries in the 90s. It was my time as a youth that instilled a sense of calling and that God had more for me. So when I came to the end of myself and found myself crying out to God in 1997... I went to Kerrville and to see Mike.
I started by taking a year out and realised that we needed new forms of church to reach my friends and people like me.
My journey has taken many forms. I have planted a successful church, created various networks for young leaders and been a consultant for the churches in a post modern/ pluralist context. But always exploring what the gospel look likes in the current context and looking at how we create accessible forms that engage people in questions of faith and give them support on their journey. Today I move frequently between USA and UK exploring the people, the places and the projects where God is calling me at present.