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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

On Starting “I Am Jonah”

I’ve been blogging for a while. Not here but on my other blog. When I was starting out on the other blog I knew I wanted to write about life and leadership as well as journey as a Christ follower. Having blogged for a while I realized that was too much to load onto one blog. At least for me. I don’t like clutter. I also felt I needed to have a unique expression of my faith that would resonate, be relevant to the journey of other people also. I had no desire to have another typical ‘devotional-type’ blog. There are enough "devotional-type Continue Reading [...]

Pagan Christianity?: A Review

This was a book I never rushed to finish. Partly because I have been reading other books and working on my theology assignments. The other part of it is that I wanted to be careful to take as much in and reflect on some of the things put forward by Frank Viola and George Barna. It is apparent that Pagan Christianity? is well thought out, researched and crafted. It was not “slap dash” work. Frank and George do communicate a heart for the Church as God intended. It is clear they have a sound understanding of the Church and her purpose. Thus Continue Reading [...]

Not Talking To The Guy Next To Me In Church

Church, rather the worship at church, is about to start. The countdown on the large screen is ticking too slowly for me. Every ticking second is excruciating and can't pass fast enough so I can get over the awkwardness with the guy sitting next to me. We've just mumbled something to each other. Wait, did we just pretend to exchange greetings? Not really. I think we wanted to greet each other but weren't sure what made an appropriate greeting. It's the first time we've sat next to each other in church. I'm thinking, "should I take the conversation Continue Reading [...]

Not Marked; When I’m Not Sent

God sends me. He gives me assignments. I'm still humbled and trying to make sense of that. If you've been following I Am Jonah you should know, by now, how humbling I feel in this regard. When God gives me assignments something about me is revealed. More than me, but He is also revealed. It is through cracked vessels God's light shines. It is in our humanness and frailty that God's treasure is not only kept but also shared with others. There are instances when God sends me and there are assignments that aren't for me. God has His purposes for Continue Reading [...]

ME | What The Assignments God Gives Reveal (Part 1)

The Bible is full of real stories, with real people who faced real challenges. They had real shortcomings, real failure and real success. This is the heart of I Am Jonah, to make following Christ and the challenges in staying on that path real. God has assignments for everyone. Even Jonah, that guy who God knew would meander on the way his assignment, got an assignment. Most of the things God has given to me as assignments have been beyond me. Even after a while of being in the assignment I continue to doubt myself. I guess it is good in some Continue Reading [...]

Making Sense Of… | Jonah Notes #01

Jonah notes is about highlighting anything noteworthy fitting into the I Am Jonah theme. This is the first (hopefully of many) of summaries of things worth noting. The series will focus on things that we need to grapple with, in search for alignment with what God expects of me, of us, as Christ followers. The Meaning Of Christian Community This was a post by Joel J. Miller, author of Lifted by Angels. His post, "What does 'Christian' community mean?” raises the question of how we are to be part of the community of believers. What is Continue Reading [...]