Hello, I'm Jonathan, but you can call me Jono, Barbie, Jbarb, J-dog, Bear, Papa Bear, or Jonathan, if you like. I'm the new ministry intern for Hope Hornby and in particular with the Living Room and pastoral care for young adults. I'm originally from Atlanta, GA, but moved to Christchurch 7 years ago to marry my wife, Joce. The last 9 years of my life I've been serving God in youth ministry (2 years back in GA before moving here), and now I'm moving into a new chapter of ministry as I train for ordination in the PCANZ. Joce and I have a baby girl, Emersyn (Emmy), 2 dogs (Tahi and Chipper), 3 cats (Romeo, Winston, and Peppa), and a bunch of fish (yes, they all have names too, but I won't bore you with all of them). We love animals, and all of God's creation. I love music, movies, sports, acting, and of course, theology. And I love working with people and sharing life experience, the love of God, and whatever knowledge I have on whatever things I know.

AFL Blog Week 6 part 4 (Thursday): What Do I Love When I love God?

The reading for Thursday, 22 March I found very pleasing to read. It comes from a notable post-modern theologian and philosopher, John Caputo, and his book On Religion. The excerpt is titled “Religion is for Lovers.” There’s not much really for me to review or critique in this excerpt. Just a few nice quotes I’ll share with you. The aim of… Read more →

AFL Blog Week 5 Part 2: Doubt And Meaning

Tuesday’s reading come from another popular theologian in Christian Academia, Paul Tillich, in which he touches on the place and importance of doubt in one’s faith. He critiques mysticism a bit saying, “Mysticism does not take seriously the concrete  and the doubt concerning the concrete. It plunges directly into the ground of being and meaning, and leaves the concrete, the… Read more →

AFL Blog Week 5 Part 1 – Bonhoeffer and “Religionless Christianity”

Monday’s reflection comes from some excerpts offered by the great Dietrich Bonhoeffer – one of most influential and meaningful protestant theologians of the 20th century. If you don’t know Bonhoeffer, he was a German Lutheran minister who lived during WWII and was one of the strongest opponents of the Nazi party, and one of the strongest critics of the church… Read more →

AFL Blog Week 4 Part 4: Freud and the Illusion of Religion

Today’s AFL content was a whole chapter from Sigmund Freud’s book, The Future of an Illusion in which he describes religion as an illusion that acts to answer all of life’s hardest questions.  Here’s Peter Rollins’ write up about Freud: Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud remains as one of the giants of… Read more →