Genghis Khan And The Mongol’s Theology; A Big God

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I tried to read as widely as I can. I'm generally fascinated by biographies. Biographies of people who made a notable impact, waves, disruptions of sort. One of history's figures I've had interest in was Genghis Khan. He shaped the history and direction of a people and continent. After conquering a city, he inquired about a large building. He thought it was the sultan's but it turned out to be a place of worship. This was problematic for the Mongols. "What kind of god needs a place to stay? How small he must be." This is because the vision of Continue Reading [...]

Calling and Conviction; Reflecting On Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Let me start by thanks Eric Metaxas for doing a great job of Bonhoeffer's biography. Through his work we have a good picture of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life. Eric's work is a good example of what a biography should be. Without it I wouldn't have been challenged the way I was. Let me not get ahead of myself. This is the first post, as I reflect on the Dietrich's life. The theme of calling and conviction is one I'll be exploring in this post. Dietrich grew up in a home where you had to back up your / an argument. He grew up in a home with rigorous Continue Reading [...]

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 [...]

God’s 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

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 [...]

The Things I Allow To Fill My Life

This verse speaks into giving the message of Christ permission to "marinate" my life. This just made me think of the things that I allow to fill my life. There are many things I give permission to occupy and fill my life in different ways. I do this by allowing certain things about my character and way of life. There is also the danger of allowing my inner world to go unchecked. Unchecked by the Word of God. Unchecked by not praying as I ought, as a follower of Christ. More for my good than anyone else's. Sometimes I'm not intentional enough. Continue Reading [...]