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?