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.

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

Eyes Wide Open

Dear Inner Circle, There’s a bit of a trend that has emerged in reality shows that masquerade as “Love Shows” – where impossibly attractive people

On A High

Dear Inner Circle, Nice is an inadequate word to describe the ability to throw the lights back on inside parts of our buildings that have

From the Inside Out

Dear Inner Circle, Wayside Chapel, in many ways, was born from the inside out. In our earliest days our founders would use the chapel as

Angels with Muddy Feet

Dear Inner Circle, My nieces whom I deeply adore and desperately ache to hold again once the borders re-open are growing up way too quickly.


Dear Inner Circle, It is with a heart full of gratitude that this note is written for you. From the young to the old, to

Upside Down Values

Dear Inner Circle, I had a mate who was once fired for being “unproductive” at work. Even when he was on his last warning and

Lead Us Out

Dear Inner Circle, Life rarely runs according to our plans. It’s much easier to interpret history than it is to project it. At Wayside, it’s

The River of Love

Dear Inner Circle, Thank you all for the waves of love that have poured in since yesterday’s announcement about the positive COVID case in our

For a Safer City

Dear Inner Circle, Every morning at 11:05 I receive a phone call from a well-known regular to Wayside who delivers the day’s COVID numbers and