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.

“What is Forgiveness?” Follow Up

Last night I asserted that Biblical forgiveness is drastically different to how the world sees and understands forgiveness. The world sees and understands forgiveness as something that only empowers the self: If someone has hurt me, it is taught, that forgiveness is important, even imperative, if I ever want to move on. So for me to forgive whoever hurt me… Read more →

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 →