My Assignments In Light Of Others [Podcast #01]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]