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.

Lest We Forget

Dear Inner Circle, An excited and eclectic crowd filed into our hall first thing Monday morning. As the place buzzed, I stood in a moment

As Above So Below

Dear Inner Circle, Just like life, death is an ever-present possibility. This week we received news that three of our regulars have died. One was

Lens of Humility

Dear Inner Circle, When we know better, we do better. To know better we rely on the courage of others to step forward and speak. Are

Behind Life’s Tapestry

Dear Inner Circle, Early this morning, as I was crossing the park from the local police station to Wayside, I saw a familiar face surrounded

The Power of Not Now

Dear Inner Circle, Every time you set a goal, you create a judge. When you set a goal, you give yourself a mechanism to judge

Women at Wayside Chapel looking at camera

When We Aren’t Looking

Dear Inner Circle, When you see it, it’s startling to realise that most of us, most of the time, live in a world of routine;

A Little Glitter

Dear Inner Circle, This week our community hall played host to an art exhibition, proudly displaying works from local artists in our community, many of

The Gift of Failure

Dear Inner Circle, Being swarmed by people eager to get a minute of my time is now one of the highlights of my day. During

The Essential Ingredient

Dear Inner Circle, Confession Time. Many years ago, my poor old mother, an English Major (who at one stage was offered a scholarship to further