Jessica Knell

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Jessica is enjoys spending time in nature and reading a good book. Writing is her way of communicating with God, expressing creativity and processing ideas. You can view her previous articles at

  • The Gateway to Worship

    We all dedicate our lives to worship. Regardless of our professed spirituality, or lack of, our behaviours point to our object of worship.

  • Bric-a-brac

    He sat propped-up in a wicker chair gazing out of the window. With feet wrapped in tartan slippers in coordination with the navy gown tied securely around his waist.

  • Trials and Temptations

    ‘Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him (James chapter 1, verse 12).’

  • Virtual high

    In New Zealand, we are currently deliberating the contentious cannabis referendum – to vote YES or NO? To legalise, or not to legalise? Regardless of where your conscious allows you to vote, there is another, a more lucrative drug currently on the market. 

  • Life’s not fair

    The tale begins at a Sunday evening church service. 

  • Cosmic child abuse

    Because we were worth dying for is perhaps one of the biggest lies that some Christians propagate.

  • The Jessica Knell Story

    I arrived in August 1996, the oldest daughter of my parents Natasha and Mark Knell. Following closely behind, my sister Rebecca (1998) and then in his typical laidback manner, my brother Daniel (2006) decided to turn up.

  • Deconstructing progressive Christianity 

    Christianity, for people who dislike Christianity. A palatable form of faith served with a side of post-liberalism and postmodernism belief. 

  • The Church’s favourite sin

    There are a lot of New Zealanders who watch pornography. Although we do not explicitly know how many of us are watching it, we do know that it is unquestionably popular. In fact, per capita, we are 13th in the world for the frequency of visits to Pornhub, one of the largest online sites. 

  • We are not scared

    New Zealand’s nationwide bear hunt during the COVID-19 lockdown made headlines worldwide. In the front windows of our homes resided a soft toy bear, or two, or even three.