Like most polite introductions I should start with my name, Chris Thomas.
I used to continue these conversations with what I do, rather than who I am, as if how I spend my time defines my identity. And to a certain degree, that's true. But it's also not the full picture.
I am first and foremost an undeserving recipient of God's grace and love. I didn't deserve it way back when I first placed my life into his hands, and I certainly haven't done much to deserve it since. The only security I have today is that I have been found in Him (see Philippians 3:7-11), and that is all the security I will ever need.
I was once an orphan. Now, I am a child of God.
I'm also a husband to a very patient wife, a father to five occasionally embarrassed children, and a frustrated owner of an assortment of poorly trained animals.
I'm either a complicated introvert who enjoys public speaking, or an extroverted recluse. I'm yet to figure it out.
I gravitate toward all things rustic, especially if they involve leather and wood. If I wasn't doing what I do now, I'd want to be a craftsman of some sort.
I sometimes use coffee as a convenient vehicle for caffeine, while on other occasions it is the elixir of life itself.
Technology sings it's siren's song in my ear, yet the feel of fine paper and the smell of stitching forbids me to abandon my leather-bound notebook.
Shoes are almost always optional.
I had a beard long before I'd heard of the term hipster.
I don't smoke, but if I did, I'd smoke a pipe like one you'd see if Hollywood ever makes a Moby Dick movie.
I'm not famous.
One of the more extraordinary miracles I've experienced in life, apart from my wife agreeing to marry me, was to be asked to join the Pastoral Team at Raymond Terrace Community Church in the Hunter Valley on the mid-coast of NSW, Australia. I spend vast portions of my week looking intently into the Scriptures in order to rightly discern the voice of God. Then, I spend a bit more time in the week telling people what I saw and helping them to see it too.
On occasion I'm asked to visit other groups of Christians to tell them what I've been seeing as well. I also enjoy spending time with the students at the CrossConnect College in Smithton Tasmania.
If you'd like me to speak at your church or event, please supply a few details in the link below and I'll contact you as soon as I am able.