We are living in an interesting time where religion is losing ground and yet people are discovering their desire for deeper meaning, significance, and relationships which includes the beyond human and divine.
The question of whether there is more to life, what lies beyond or perhaps deep within the cosmos, and who or what God ‘is’ or ‘means’, are among the questions that find their way into conversation. Some answer this by turning to religion to find ready-made answers while others open to the deeper questions and still small voice enticing them to risk the security of faith and enter the urban desert as deep pilgrimage seeking relational engagement with God. These pilgrims are urban mystics venturing into the tapestry of their lives within the secular desert to pursue a deep relationship with our self, others, the cosmos, and God.
Tim thrives on an active lifestyle in mind and body. He loves hiking, rock climbing, and surfing. He’s an urban mystic committed to relational spirituality. He hosts The podcast of the Urban Mystic (link) yet is perhaps best known for his work with the ‘spiritual but not religious’, church leavers, and deconstructers. He is establishing an approach to spiritual accompaniment rooted in the relational presence of God which differs relationally from the the doing church paradigm as well as the well-known and established devotional, formative, and wisdom spiritualities.
- Tim is published about in Naturally Supernatural: God may be closer than you think (Gary Best, 2nd edition, 2006, Vineyard International Publishing.).
- Tim’s Master’s Dissertation, Exploring the ‘God after God’ conversations in relation to God’s absence and presence (2019) is available online via UNISA‘s online repository.
Tim holds a Diploma in Theology (Missiology), B.A. Honours in Religious Studies, a Masters in Theology (Spirituality), and is doing his Doctorate exploring “Mystagogy and Self-revelation: Reflecting on the practice of the presence of God and engaging with theology and contemplation“, at the University of Pretoria.
Steve has been a musician, coach, writer, whole brain specialist, business owner, pastor, and social entrepreneur. Through out his adult life he has let his passion lead him to diverse and fascinating projects, which are usually focused towards people and their development. Underpinning this has always been a strong and steady calling into relational intimacy with God. He has pursued this, run from this, and ignored this – in equal measure. But the presence of God and calling are relentless.
Steve grew up in a church context, and pursued full-time ministry for a while. He has, however, left the institutional church paradigm and is researching and exploring relational spirituality as foundational for life and fulfilment.
Steve currently lives with his wife and three children in the Netherlands. He holds a B.A. Honours in Psychology from the University of South Africa, and is looking forward to a Masters in Psychology and Spirituality in the next few years.
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