This is the third time I have written an introduction to this website. (You can read the other two below.) Quite a bit has happened in the nearly five years since the start of WheretheWind.com. Getting married is the biggest. Writing two books is big too. Sustaining devotiONEighty for three seasons deserves an honorable mention. Through it all, I have used this website to help sustain my relationship with God and to connect with other followers of Jesus Christ. As I contemplate entering a sixth year of writing this site, I know that I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the good things that God has in store for me, for us, and for this creation.
I hope you will continue this journey with me and look for where the wind of the Holy Spirit is blowing in your life. Ask yourself these two questions. Where do you find God’s presence in each of your days? And where is God calling you to be God’s presence in this world? God has never stopped creating, and each one of us has the joyous opportunity to join God’s creative activity. This creativity mixes imagination, wonder, and compassion with devotion, discipline, and elbow grease. When we respond to God’s creativity with our own, the outcome brings more love and more freedom than there was before. Think how blessed we are to be a part of it!
Thank you for reading WheretheWind.com. May God show you where your unique gifts can bring healing to this broken, yet beautiful world.
I wrote the original introduction (below) over two years ago, a week before I was ordained to the priesthood. Since then, I have continued encountering God in my life, and I have failed to notice God. I have served God’s people at church, and I have failed to serve God’s people. I have written about my life with God, and I have failed to write about that life. Through it all, God continues to whisper and enfold me into God’s presence.
About a year ago and a half ago, I received a call out of the blue from an editor at Abingdon Press in Nashville. It turns out that several movements of the Holy Spirit collided and brought the video Bible studies I filmed in mid-2009 across the desk of an executive at the publisher, who (I later discovered) has the exact same sense of humor as I do. This was fortuitous because she thought I was much funnier than I actually am.
To make a long story less long, Abingdon offered me a book contract, and during the summer of 2010, I wrote a book called Digital Disciple: Real Christianity in the Virtual World. (You might have been wondering why I posted next to nothing on the blog during the summer of 2010. Now you know why!) The book came out in May 2011. I am quite excited that it is published, quite exhausted after having written it, and quite thankful to God, to my wife (for putting up with me while I was writing), and to all of the folks at Abingdon who are absolutely wonderful blessings. If you’d like to order a copy of Digital Disciple, click the title, which will send you to Cokesbury’s website to place your order. I hope you enjoy the book, and I hope it may enrich your walk with Jesus Christ, as writing it enriched mine.
Thank you for visiting WheretheWind.com. May God bless you to be a blessing in the world.
My name is Adam Thomas, and I began this blog to share my reflections on God’s movement in my life and in the life of our world. As one of the first Millennials to be ordained to the Episcopal priesthood, I hope my emerging perspectives on God, Christianity, the Bible, and the mission of God’s people will add a new voice to the ongoing conversation.
I borrowed the title of the blog from the U2 song, “Kite.” The chorus of this song always sends me to the third chapter of the Gospel According to John. The Pharisee Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night, and they engage in conversation. As they talk, Jesus removes Nicodemus’s certainty of the things he’s always known and ignites in him a new curiosity. By the end of the Gospel, Nicodemus has stepped into the light of a new life, and he finds himself at the foot of the cross.
The conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus shows me that I do not have to have everything figured out to believe in the God made flesh in Jesus Christ. The conversation also reminds me that even the most ardent and unshakeable Christian must still have the heart of a seeker. I am neither the most ardent nor the most unshakeable Christian I know, nor do I always have a seeker’s heart. But I do believe that the wind of the Spirit blows where it chooses and that God continues to infuse creation with light and beauty. And I believe that Christ calls all of us to embrace the abundant life he offers and live it for the glory of God and for the care of God’s creation.