Talking About Nuthin’

I’m a fan of Lecrae’s music. He has a new album, Anomaly, dropping soon. “Nuthin” is one of the songs on the album but has been released as a single. He’s done what no Christ following artist has done in terms of speaking to both the world and Christ follower. By the world in Lecrae’s context, I mean hip hop culture (I'm not saying he only speaks into hip hop culture either). As a Christ follower one of the things I wrestle with is being overt with my faith in a way that people in the world at large don’t shut down or check out. Continue Reading [...]

Consistency And Integrity: What God And Me Want

This blog is a window into my journey in alignment with what God wants me to be and do. Though I’m the one writing this blog, it is easily the story of every Christ follower. We’re all embroiled in a battle of some sort. There is always what God wants and what I, in my selfishness, want. The thing is, what God wants and or expects of me is ultimately the best for me. There is one sure way of being and doing what God requires of me / us. One sure, guaranteed way to be consistent and foolproof integrity. And that is doing what God’s ways Continue Reading [...]

Forgetting How To Pray

I think a lot. A lot about how I live is internal. I'm neither extroverted nor introverted. I'm one of those guys who are half and half. Because I think a lot, a lot of what happens to me is internal. Sometimes I over think things. I've always been this way, as long as my memory serves me. I don't fight it. I've learned how to make that work for me. (Writing is one of the ways I've explored to help me process things.) This morning, as I took as walk along the coast I realised how much I had redirected some of my 'prayer energy' or focus to Continue Reading [...]

The Cost Of Discipleship

One of the books I'm reading at the moment. It cuts to the heart of translating grace to daily living and what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Bonhoeffer is candid and explicit. I don't think it is him really, just that he echoes the implications of being a disciple of Christ as per Christ's teachings and call, in a practical and easily understood manner. Bonhoeffer: Discipleship means adherence to Christ...   Continue Reading [...]

Marching Orders

I'm starting to read Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "The Cost Of Discipleship". Excited to see what the rest of it will be like. The introduction is already up front: it is not about what people or even we, ourselves, want for or of ourselves but what Jesus, the Christ, Himself wants of us. God, would you help me, and many others serving You, to stay on track with what you want of me and them. Focusing on what Jesus wants means ignoring a lot of demands on ourselves. Help, Lord, sometimes I Am Jonah. Published via Pressgram Continue Reading [...]

Stunting The Gospel

I love well researched and written works. I believe that God entrusts us with gifts and means to communicate. With that our obligation is to do the best with what we have and leave the rest to God's Spirit. Any communication of any message, any preaching of God's Word must be done well. Matt Chandler (with Jared Wilson) have done a splendid job in a great work, "The Explicit Gospel". I will do a review of it when I'm done with it. It is probably one of the best books (besides the Bible, of course) that communicates the Gospel in a non-complex, Continue Reading [...]

Spur Others On

God has given me & other Christ-followers a responsibility to each other. As part of His body we're responsible to spur each other into good works. This means I must be open to accept challenges to mature from my fellow Christ Followers. It also means that I mustn't be so caught up in myself that I don't make time to think of ways motivating others to acts of love and other good deeds. I don't get Continue Reading [...]

My Convenience And ‘Their’ Commitment

I’m looking into the book of Acts as part of my theology studies. I’ve never seen things in it the way I have the last few weeks. It is amazing what God can do with people fully yielded to Him. It is amazing what happens when the Spirit of God is allowed full reign in the lives of the disciples in the early Church. Peter boldly speaks and 3,000 people repent and are baptised (Acts 2:14-41). Peter and John challenge the authorities with no fear (Acts 4:1-31). They speak God’s message with boldness. Philip follows the leading of the Holy Continue Reading [...]

My Opinions And God’s Will / Plans For Others

My Opinions And God’s Will Plans For Others
I have opinions. Many opinions. I sometimes think I know more than I really do. Sometimes I convince myself of that. At other times I am so blinded by “my convictions” (whatever that is). I blindly believe and act according to what I think is best. I do this for me... The sad thing is that I also impose this on others, as well. And, worst of all, I try to recruit God to my side of the "judgment lines", when He doesn't do what I think He should be. Like He needs to be convinced I'm right... There are times I’ve had my opinions about others Continue Reading [...]

Answers | Prayer Rehab

I Am Jonah, this blog is also, in some way, a journal of how I’m learning to follow Jesus again. Part of it is about chronicling the tension between what God wants of, in and through me. Lately, it seems God is putting me through prayer rehab. Reclaiming an appreciation of prayer and its significance. Sometimes it is not that I or we don’t know anything. It is not that we have forgotten but we need reminders. We need renewed perspective, vision, and passion. A renewed sense of weightiness… It seems, at least for me, God always takes me Continue Reading [...]