I am Jonah.

I am Jonah.

Is it a push or a pull? One of the biggest questions I have ever been asked.

  • Distorted family perceptions

    Distorted family perceptions

    We all know, as Christians, that we have two families here on Earth: our fleshly family that we are born into, and of course our kingdom family.

  • Overcoming and loving the psychos

    Overcoming and loving the psychos

    Many of our obstacles, trials and adversaries are opportunities in disguise. Waiting for us to grapple with them in order to grow our character, strength, patience and resilience.

  • Ideas when looking for work

    Ideas when looking for work

    I was inspired to write this by a recent conversation with my friend who was looking for a job. But, let me start by giving our daddy God praise. I am employed by the biggest online travel agency in the world! Everything is so surreal for me; without God, this would not have been possible.

  • Major milestone achieved in first ever Tokelauan Bible translation

    Major milestone achieved in first ever Tokelauan Bible translation

    Last Wednesday, after 23 years and one month of work, head translator IoaneTeao and Bible Society Translations Director Dr Stephen Pattemore performed the final check of the final verse of the brand-new Tokelauan Bible translation.

  • The Gateway to Worship

    The Gateway to Worship

     We all dedicate our lives to worship. Regardless of our professed spirituality, or lack of, our behaviours point to our object of worship.

  • Where to now? Finding your way when you don’t know what’s next

    Where to now? Finding your way when you don’t know what’s next

    As a pastor and youth worker I’ve spent a significant amount of my time talking to people about purpose, career and what they want to do with their lives. Although I believe that it is important to pray and listen to God for direction, I also think God gives us wisdom, passion and initiative to choose our own future.

  • Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

    Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

    Nehemiah is our man of focus today. When the book opens, Nehemiah is serving under the Persian King. He is a cupbearer to the King. This allows his access to, at the time, one of the most powerful men in the world.

  • I think I’m a hoarder

    I think I’m a hoarder

    I have a box where I keep every wedding and birthday invitation, conference keepsake and church service momento that I’ve ever received. I still have every ticket and programme from the many concerts that I’ve been to over the years

  • Sister-mother’s Father

    Sister-mother’s Father

    Fun fact about me: I have a little brother who is really ‘little’ – he is 17 years younger than me, 20 years younger than my older sister. After gasping at such an age gap with interesting facial expressions, the first thing that most people say once I share this is, “Wow, you must have totally raised him like a mum!”

  • Stewarding Creation well

    Stewarding Creation well

    How delightful is it to see the sky lit up in yellows, pinks, oranges, reds? A beautiful sunset or sunrise always catches people’s eyes as they look upon it in wonder.

  • If you’re not comforted by Revelation you’re reading it wrong

    If you’re not comforted by Revelation you’re reading it wrong

    Until I came to university I used to think that Revelation was equal parts scary and confusing but at least it was at the end of the Bible so you could somewhat avoid it for the most part.

  • Freedom of Religion and Speech

    Freedom of Religion and Speech

    “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” (George Washington)

  • Dear Christians: It’s time to back off

    Dear Christians: It’s time to back off

    Not too long ago, I was living in a third world country while working in a humanitarian mission organisation.

  • God, I am amazed by you

    God, I am amazed by you

    Flashback to 90s music. One song comes to mind – Amazed by Lonestar in 1999. Those who are 90s kids like me will relate. Those who don’t, please refer to Google. This was/is still a very popular wedding song because of its lyrics.