Saturday, January 19, 2008

Heroes in the Faith

A few names come to mind: Mike Cope, Randy Harris, Jack Reese, my parents, my bro and sis, my partner and best friend in life--Kayci, Troy Robertson, and Luke. These people have shaped and formed me. They have encouraged and criticized me. They have laughed and cried with me. They have taught me. They have sustained me. They have been the presence of God in my life.

I could think of another list of people that I have never met, but they have been used as instruments of God that have sharpened me in my faith: Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, Philip Yancey, NT Wright, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Tony Campolo.

One more name--David Wray. This man has been a spiritual "giant" in my life. Today, he came to SWC to facilitate some theological conversations on Missional Church with our people. He was absolutely phenomenal. Every thing he said I have heard from his mouth before, but it was so fresh. His passion for shepherding, spiritual formation, and missionality is so evident.
He stayed in my home last night, which gave us a couple of hours to share stories from our lives. I was on holy ground. I wouldn't be the man I am today without D-Wray.

Who would make your list of your heroes of faith?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are several but the ones that immediately come to mind:
Dan and Judy Anders, Harold and Marie Banister, Marshall Keeble, Billy Curl, D'Esta Love, and Lynn Anderson.

Brandon Scott said...

my mom, Kirk and Vickie Nofsinger, Jeff Berry, Nehemiah, Mike Cope...you...

Anonymous said...

from Scripture: the writers of Psalms, John the Apostle of love...

from books: Billy Graham, Fannie Crosby, CS Lewis, Martin Luther, Gerard M. Hopkins, Madeline L'Engle, Hildegard of Bingen, Jeanne Guyon, Dorothy Day, Cardinal Newman, JB Phillips, Carolyn Heilbrun, Dallas Willard, Walter Brueggeman and there is no end in sight...

from the body of Christ at Southwest Central: Dan Anders, Camille Dailey, Marjorie Bourland, Bobbie Huebner, Dot Beckett, Emily & Joe Becker, Cindy Krohn, Larry Watson, David Pybus, Novelene Booker, and all the women who meet as SEASONS and many others of my brothers & sisters present & past...

Blessings, kcp

Josh Ross said...

Anonyous, love your list.

BST, you are the man. I love you, brother.

K, what a list?!