Esther Koh, Kiwi young writer
The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has each Week's editor or coordinator write a review of their week the week after publication.
This is published in the weekly young writer memo and on the young writers private closed Facebook page.
As this is a new venture recommended by the young writer brain's trust chair Sam Gillespie from Sydney and it has been functioning very well.
Irenie How - Kiwi young writers
Cycle 1 review
The Kiwis are a mixed bunch. From mums to graduates to business owners to office staff, we're all in a variety of roles and stages in our lives. Every cycle always produces surprise articles because none of us are the same. Yet, often, if you look closely enough and read, you see threads running through — little lessons to learn.
In this cycle the thread seems to be the demystifying of a range of subjects. Not everything in life is as it seems. It's okay. Many times what we think hard is in fact much simpler than we imagined.
Do you think talking to ladies difficult? Check out Jared's YouTube video. Does ‘loving others’ seem too abstract to be practical? Sabrina gives a breakdown of what she thinks it means to love — there's plenty of application. Emma, Amy and Mel all share wisdom on how difficulty is more short-lived than we think. Jesus is our comfort. Amos offers a succinct bite on flaws he sees in Marxism and our conception of equality, and Jessica shows us why we love the things that are bad for us
Break the big into smaller bits and understanding is so much easier.
Jessica McPherson, Kiwi young writer
Internationals week - Cycle 2
Each of the international young writer’s articles addressed ideas and issues that the majority if not all Christians on this walk eventually face.
From the keen observation from each of the young writers I personally gained insights, insights both new and previous ones in a new light.
Several include: the importance of being on guard even in the dull seasons, embracing the truth of God over one’s own fears and insecurities, doing everything to the glory of God even when it’s difficult and we don’t want to, I could go on and on with all I personally gained from these amazing and eye-opening pieces.
Each writer opened them self-up and shared a heartfelt and genuine experiences and it is evident their desire to see others learn and overcome similar difficulties in their own lives.
The young writers provided such a wisdom and perspective that can only be attributed to the inspiration of God and it is evident in the way they wrote that they desire true freedom for each and every single person who reads the words given to them by God.
In conclusion these young writers went above and beyond and I strongly urge each and every person who has a moment to read all of them and gain something new and perhaps even something needed.
Jason LaLone, USA young writer
Rebecca Moore - Week 2 - Australians
Cycle 2, Week 2 review
When I read the articles by the young writers, I am always reminded the wonderful hearts we’re hearing from. Last week’s articles come from a place deep within, where honesty and selflessness comes shining through.
Joseph Kolapudi’s article caught my eye this cycle with his insight into belonging, and what makes us who we are - relating thoughts of life to the roots of a tree. Thomas Devenish also wrote a very motivational and challenging piece on belonging, the in-group and being prepared to be different to the world for the sake of Christ.
This line from Cartia Moore’s article tugged at my heart: “we are relying on God to lead us to find his children so we can help bring them home”; and in a similar theme of bringing back the children, Ben Kruzins presented an insightful piece on the importance of Israel, a topic I’d recently been in a conversation about.
Sarah Urmston gave parents a good reminder to slow down and enjoy the moment mixed with the emotions of watching our children grow up—so important; and Miranda Menelaws’ beautiful article on God the Father and how the world needs fathers, also touched along the lines of family.
Sam Manchester wrote a moving article on living our lives through Christ and in worship to Him. In line with living for God in every area, Michael Dahlenburg gave a clear and insightful view of how God wants us to look at money in a practical manner.
Liana wrote a beautiful article describing the peace of resting in God’s timing, and Meenal Chandra’s thought-provoking piece on taking time to be silent linked together nicely.
Jesse Moore’s encouraging article challenged us to take risks and opportunities, referring to the obstacles overcome by people such as Steve Jobs.
With overriding themes of being present in the present and bringing back the children, be sure to hop on and take a read. There are some great messages coming through. Well done week two!
Ashley Mullins USA young writer
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 25 books, and enjoys writing. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded ‘The Gutenberg’ - the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. He and David Chang editor of Christian Today together bought the young writer ministry into fruition in 2009. In 2011 Mark established Laguna Quays Respite (Whitsundays) for missionary respite and replicated at Aldinga Beach 2016 (Adelaide) and Greens Beach Bass Straight (TAS). His ministry is honoured all these years by Christian philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM. He is married to Delma (44 years), with four adult married children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/dr-mark-t.html