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.

Finding a Way

Dear Inner Circle, One of the most commonly requested songs to be sung at funerals here is one about love making a way when there

A Lighthouse for the Heart

Dear Inner Circle, There was a scene out the front of Wayside yesterday that broke my heart. One of our regular visitors came in for

Love Beyond Measure

Dear Inner Circle, Close your eyes and picture what you were like at 10. If that’s a little foggy, think about your own children or

Hidden Gems

Dear Inner Circle, We pride ourselves on being the place where our doors are always open, but this month we prefer to keep them closed. This

A Little Love

Dear Inner Circle, This is the time of year when gratitude for a warm bed can be outweighed by the desire to not leave it.

Staying Awake

Dear Inner Circle, The daily train commute to and from Kings Cross provides a fascinating snapshot into the quirks of “train culture”. The trips are

Not a Victory March

Dear Inner Circle, If where you stand determines what you see, then who you walk with determines what you’ll do and where you’ll end up. One of the

As If They Were Her Own

Dear Inner Circle, Nearly 20 years ago Lisa and I set out on our honeymoon and landed in the most unlikely of places to begin

Give and Take

Dear Inner Circle, Even the toughest looking men cry, or should that be “especially the toughest men cry”? An anxious bride makes her way through

Laughter and Wisdom

Dear Inner Circle, Looking back over the past few weeks this note has covered some heavy ground. Humour is a gift, which can sometimes be earned through