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.

With Broken Hearts

Dear Inner Circle, Love that comes with an orchestra playing sweetly in the background isn’t the only kind. It would be false to state that

One and Free

Dear Inner Circle, Welcome back for another year. Thank you for the outpouring of love and support for all of our wonderful people at Wayside

Making Plenty of Gravy

Dear Inner Circle, This week I received a little note of gratitude from a visitor. Usually I would fill the next few paragraphs with my

Unlikely Angels

The very old hands around here will tell you that the most tension filled weeks at Wayside Chapel are the two leading up to Christmas

Farewell to a King

This time of year often lends itself to a retrospective glance at life. It must be all the graduation ceremonies we see that take us

A Letter of Love

Dear Inner Circle, For those of us old enough to remember, the postal service was a precious mode of communication. Receiving an aerogram was met

From the Depths

Dear Inner Circle, Wayside Chapel was, in many ways, born in the gutter. We sprouted from the cracks in the concrete and will only continue

Thin Places

Dear Inner Circle, Most living is “thick”, where we stumble from place to place, meeting to meeting with the assurance that very little real “meeting” is

The Significance of Nothing

Dear Inner Circle, Last weekend I was able to spend two glorious but all too brief days celebrating Diwali with family in Melbourne. There was