Words from the streets of Kings Cross and Bondi Beach

About Jon Owen

I am the Pastor and CEO of Wayside Chapel. I write with my heart wide open and my eyes looking at life. I am a philosopher, a dreamer, a tower of weakness, a leader and a follower, a husband and a father and I hope to give you a flavour of life by the wayside.

Inner Space

Dear Inner Circle, This week it has been hard not to be rendered speechless by the recent images that have returned from thousands of light

Legacy of Love

Dear Inner Circle, “Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated, I’m back baby!” was the jovial morning greeting over breakfast today in our community

Feeling Human

Dear Inner Circle, There has been a steady influx of faces, both new and familiar arriving on these cold winter mornings outside our centres. As soon

Gentle Reminders

Dear Inner Circle,  No transformative human moment begins with a predetermined outcome in mind, no matter how much we might wish it were otherwise. Don’t

Unbroken Lines

Dear Inner Circle, One of the markers of “cool” in high school in the 90s was being in a garage band. They weren’t easy to

The Beautiful Bizarre

Dear Inner Circle, It isn’t often that we hand this note over to someone else, but sometimes someone else’s perspective is too good not to share.

Anonymous Angels

Dear Inner Circle, Our words create our worlds, and sadly, the English language can rob us of the richness and depth that our lives are

A Place at the Table

Dear Inner Circle, A few years ago my wife Lisa was digitising our VHS tapes so we threw our wedding video in for a quick watch. Together

Living the Response

Dear Inner Circle, Years ago when working in a local high school a mate assisted in setting up a program for aspiring young leaders. We mentored

The Gift of Foolishness

Dear Inner Circle,  Sometimes it is hard not to be overawed and overwhelmed with the legacy of the people who have been a part of