The Evolution Of I Am Jonah Blog

One of the reasons for starting this blog was creating a space unlike my other blog. The reason: I didn't want to create noise and fractured blog. This is because I Am Jonah is still a huge work in progress. It is still an attempt. An endeavour that is still stifled in a sense. The evolution of I Am Jonah blog is something, for many reasons, I'm still grappling with. Vulnerability continues to be a scary thing. I hate to admit it, but it is intimidating. I haven't hit "publish" on a several drafts. As much as I've said I primarily write for myself, Continue Reading [...]

No Election Required

No Election Required This is a guest blog post by Dan Wolgemuth. He had shared this on Facebook first. It had great impact on me and I asked him if I could share it here. He graciously agreed. Thank you Dan! At last check there were somewhere around 20 candidates aspiring to be the next President of the United States. In the early days of campaigning, these individuals look for ways to differentiate themselves from the crowded field. Each speech, every public encounter, and nearly all of their interactions are carefully scrutinized, evaluated and commented on. Political Continue Reading [...]

When I Feel Like I’m Not Getting Anything From The Bible

getting-from-Bible.jpg I’m not sure if many Christ followers will admit to this. You know, the times the Bible feels or seems silent. Let me say it: there I times when I feel like I'm not getting anything from the Bible. Sometimes I read the Bible and it doesn’t ‘seem’ like I’m getting anything out of it. I must admit, upfront, that the problem is never the Bible. The ‘problem’, cause I can’t think fo another word, is often me. I’m not going to act like I know all the reasons why, because I don’t. I could attempt to give a few… Sometimes there’s Continue Reading [...]

My Assignments In Light Of Others [Podcast #01]

My Assignments In Light Of Others In the first I Am Jonah podcast I explore dealing with 'my assignments' in light of others. The truth is, every now and then, we will take note of others' work. Being involved with the sacred mission doesn't cure us (or at least me) from having to deal with my humanity. Looking at how others are fairing with their assignments compared to myself can result in pride or condemnation. Not only that, it detracts from what I should be focusing on. Being involved with what God is doing with and through my life is only a part of the puzzle. It is Continue Reading [...]

God’s Work Among People

God Work Among People It is no doubt that God works in the lives of people. Myself included, I’ve seen his transformative power in the lives of countless people. He works supernaturally. Some people confuse supernatural for spectacular. The supernatural is not always spectacular. 'God’s work’ in people’s lives may not always be spectacular but it doesn’t mean it isn’t supernatural. How He works transcends our complete understanding. We see the evidence of His work but we don’t fully understand how He brings it about. He is God. He would never be God Continue Reading [...]

The Christian Leader And Politcal Opinions And Affiliations

The Christian Leader And Politcal Opinions And Affiliations Christians must be involved in politics. They cannot afford stand on the sidelines and have no say in governance and morality of society. How can they be guardians of justice if they’re stand on the sidelines? I’m convinced that Christians can’t afford to be spectators as others of diverse convictions and beliefs create laws and systems that will define the society we live in. We must pray for leaders and everyone in public office. Prayer is important, and so is involvement. In case you were wondering where I stand, there it is. My qualm, Continue Reading [...]

Silence and Solitude

Tranquil. Silence and solitude. Uncomfortable when neglected. Much noise fills our lives already. Silence and solitude. A friend; far from foe. The friend who makes us focus on where we're falling short. Silence, making us aware of thoughts we've had but not known we had. Solitude reminding us there's a friendship with our own selves we must never neglect. Silence and solitude, causing us to reflect. On ourselves. Environment... Life... Often when done right our focus is turned upwards. God. Wow. Awe. Silence and solitude; Continue Reading [...]

On Being “A Child Of God”

When I was little boy one of the biggest fights I had with my friends was not wanting to play outside. I hated the sandpit. I never saw the point of the sandpit. You played with sand and got dirty; why would I want that?!  I made up for it with fascination with other things. I used to steal mom’s wire coat hangers and make car wires and stuff. Other memories; the world through the eyes of a little boy... Dad was a giant. Because he could open the ketchup bottles and jam jars mom couldn’t, I’m sure he could stop a car with his pinkie finger. Continue Reading [...]

My Routines Build Me Up And Tear Me Down

I hate mornings. I can hardly get my body and brain to engage. I used to be a morning person. Not so much now. The challenge of falling asleep manifests itself, in an even greater way, in the morning. As I try to wake up, the first thing I do is reach for my phone, with the hope that my wake up time is still many hours away. Squint-eyed I try to make out the time. I shower, brush my teeth, get dressed… Coffee… I have a routine that is forced. A lot of the things, I just have to do. I have many other routines; recurring things. I have Continue Reading [...]

Sometimes I Wish We All Weren’t So “Christian”

This is a guest post by Wendy van Eyck I sometimes struggle to talk to people who believe in Jesus. Sometimes I wish my friends didn’t sound so Christian. Sometimes I wish they’d tell me how they feel instead of telling me what they think I want to hear. I find it hard because I don’t always feel like we can have a conversation about really matters to them. Often it feels like we are all trying to sound “Christian” rather than “human”. I know from experience how tempting it is to brush people off with a “Christian” Continue Reading [...]