Matthew Thornton

Press Service International

Matthew Thornton is studying at the University of Auckland, Matthew finds that writing is one of the prime ways he connects with and grows closer to God. He loves seeing the way in which God has wired everyone uniquely and finds immense fulfilment in seeing others discover who God is to them. He would love to hear from you:

  • The necessity of seasons

    During this lockdown period, I’ve been watching the Netflix documentary series, Our Planet, narrated by David Attenborough. An incredible series that has moved me towards praise for the amazing planet we get to enjoy.

  • Hope-shattering hope

    I think that I can safely say that 2020 has not been the year that many of us expected it to be. The world has been confronted with something no one could have ever foreseen.

  • Change: it’s uncomfortable

    After transitioning from high school to university in 2018, 2019 was a year of familiarity and steadiness.

  • Discovering joy

    At high school I remember studying The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Written post-WWI, it reveals the fragmentation and devastation caused by the Great War. In particular, it reflects the ‘disillusionment’ felt by many during that time, a worldview known as modernity.

  • Transformation: Leave it to Jesus

    I think that one of the most discouraging aspects in our quest to “make disciples” (Matthew chapter 28, verse 19) is the lack of ‘results’.

  • If only you knew

    In July, my family and I returned to South Africa for the first time since moving over to New Zealand (6 years ago). I’ve written about my experiences before and how it has shaped me as a person. So, going back was special.

  • Finding freedom

    Recently I was asked to share at my church’s youth camp. The topic was an easy one: how has Jesus impacted your life?

  • You are more

    God’s grace and mercy has been on my mind a lot lately.

  • Love, more than a feeling

    It goes without saying that globalisation and social media have changed the world as we known it.

  • He will lift you up

    Feeling inadequate, deficient, or plainly unqualified are feelings I’m sure many of us can relate to.