Photo - Jo Fuller a Week 3 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.
Cycle 3 review - Aira Chilcott
In a very interesting way, there seemed to be a common theme running through the articles last week – that of our identity: who am I?
The Week 4 young writers - our identity is not to be found in people-pleasing or in the results of secular personality tests. Nor is it to be found in what works of service etc that we might do or the plans that we might construct for ourselves. Even doubt can be a healthy aspect of our identity when channeled appropriately.
Indeed, they state - we are called to be genuine and transparent, like Hosea and to be active, lifelong learners. Our identity shouldn’t hold us back from uninhibited worship, even if we’re going against the statistical trend in society. Even people on the fringe, like Jordan Peterson, can be used by God to draw people to find their identity in Jesus.
Roydon Ng’s statement sums it up: “The only way that we can find true meaning and purpose is to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour”.
Well done, week 4 writers!
Photo - Rachel Bartlett a Kiwi young writer
Kiwi review - Cycle 3
The Kiwi young writer schedule in Cycle 3 covers an entire 5 weeks period and in this sense it is a little more drama to find a single theme, than say the Australians in their Week groups.
But to this end I was able to ascertain a broad running celebration in the Kiwi young writers, and here it is, “fun”.
Who would have thought that Christians might even dare to have fun, let alone smile gladly and laugh hilariously, but here it is for us all to see. Christians are full of “fun”.
Jared Diprose’ video kicks off this “fun” theme and as the final segments of the presentation, “fun” is the central feature. This is followed by Esther Koh’s serious but smiley article on the nature of loving our children. And all the way through Cycle 3. Well done the Kiwi young writers.
Photo - Mel Cleary a Kiwi young writer
Week 5 - Australians
Cycle 3 Ashley Menelaws
Although it is a busy season, each writer in week 5 stepped up to the plate and delivered yet another fantastic article. Each article was a reflection of where each young writer is at, and contained precious insight that they had each uncovered, and then proceeded to share with the rest of the world.
It is interesting just how humble and how much each person is willing to share and open up, providing much needed reflections that anyone can gain from. Reading each article in turn is a humbling process as it allows us to acknowledge to ourselves that we don’t have it all, but with the help of each individual insight and personal touch of the writers we can say we have a much needed piece of a very large puzzle.
Alas, it goes with out saying again, take the time, a moment to read each article and learn or re learn something you may just be in need of.
Photo - Justin Monaghan a Week 4 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