About

mad dawg

Student of Life. Advocate for Serious Joy in Christ

The tagline says it all.

In many ways I am a student of life. First of all, I have literally been a student my whole life. At completion of Year 12 I jumped ship to university, where I currently study.

But when I move into a full time job, I doubt my tagline will lose relevance. I will forever be learning in this life. I don’t boast a ton of knowledge about most things. But despite this, there is something I can strongly advocate.

There’s a lot of things I find joy in doing. Cycling and running are up there. I live pretty close to the beach and love it. Hanging out with mates over rocket league, coffee, sport. As much as I like these activities, they are but temporary joys. As much as I love to do these things, they don’t produce serious and lasting joy.

Cut to the chase – there’s nothing temporary about God.

Nothing beats a relationship with the God of the universe. Nothing beats a life of real purpose beyond the grave. Nothing produces true, lasting joy like having this secure hope (Hebrews 6:19). A glory in store, a destiny prepared, an inheritance reserved.

Now that’s something I can hang my hat on.

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164 thoughts on “About

  1. proclaimunion December 22, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Thank you for visiting! It’s so exciting to see other university students like me writing about Jesus – gets me so excited! Do you have a Christian Union at your University?

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    • Jonathan Camac December 22, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      No problems! I really liked your post on Clash Royale – was a real unique post. It is heaps cool to see other uni students on the same page hey. We do have a Christian group at our uni, but I’m yet to join, as I’m plugged in with a young adults group from my church which catch up on the same night 🙂

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  2. Anastpaul December 23, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    I have to add my thanks to all the above and wish you a Blessed and Holy Christmas! May the coming of the Christ Child fill you with wonder Jonathan. Ana

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    • Jonathan Camac December 23, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      You too Ana! Thanks for your time here. Hope you have an awesome Christmas 🙂

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  3. tknot57 December 26, 2016 / 12:01 am

    Thanks Jonathan for stopping by my post! Merry Christmas and joy is Jesus! Al

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    • Jonathan Camac December 26, 2016 / 12:06 am

      No problems – and thank you! Hope your Christmas was good 🙂

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      • tknot57 December 26, 2016 / 12:07 am

        Blessed time with family thanks. Hope yours was also. Al

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  4. mariewilliams53 January 2, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Thanks for the like and the opportunity to meet and connect with you Jonathan. I agree with everything you say here. I wish I lived by the sea like you – so lucky! But then again I’m also aware of the adage: be careful what you wish for…:)

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      • mariewilliams53 January 3, 2017 / 5:54 am

        Well it wasn’t so much the sharks, Jonathan, but thanks for pointing out that particular pitfall. I was more thinking that things that you wish for don’t always seem such a good idea when you actually get them.
        But next time I’m by the sea, I will make sure that I’m not involved in a ‘Jaws’ situation … hahahaha

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      • Jonathan Camac January 3, 2017 / 7:22 am

        ahh I see what you mean. I guess my mind was just angled to see the very practical and real danger of the beach, haha. Very true though 🙂

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      • mariewilliams53 January 3, 2017 / 2:27 pm

        Thanks Jonathan. I now know where to come when I want practical and real advice about anything. You are the man! hahahaha

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  5. Nancy Burton Wolfe January 11, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Well, dear Jonathan, we couldn’t be more different. Except for that serious joy in Jesus. What a powerful tagline. And “following” you is going to be quite an adventure… all the best…xoxox

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    • Jonathan Camac January 11, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Appreciate your time Nancy 🙂 All the best to you too!

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  6. Rev. Karl Hess January 12, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Thanks for your likes on my posts over the past several months.

    So, you are from Oz? NZ? UK?

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  7. katmtclf January 14, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Appreciate the “like”! Keep up the good work!! I believe as Christians we all should be continually learning more in life, and I don’t believe we will ever reach a point where we shouldn’t. God bless!

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    • Jonathan Camac January 14, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      No problems. Check out my latest post if you find the time – is all about being continual learners of life/Christ. So true though! You too 🙂

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      • Abi January 14, 2017 / 9:55 pm

        I’ll check it out!

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  8. Laura Bennet January 16, 2017 / 3:01 am

    Hold onto that as you journey through life. The enemy will be on your back for taking a stand for Christ! I pray you will live abundantly and fully with the joy your photo shows. I’m so glad you took the time to check out my blog. It’s always great to connect with fellow followers.Thank you! Are you in Australia? Just curious since my husband and three youngest kids are and you mention mate, sport and university in the same way he does. 😉

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    • Jonathan Camac January 16, 2017 / 11:08 am

      I am in Australia yeah 🙂 currently in Melbourne to watch the Australian Open actually! What sports of your husband/kids enjoy watching the most? 🙂

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      • Laura Bennet January 17, 2017 / 8:38 pm

        How fun for you! I visited Australia three times when my husband and I were Skype dating. We met online. He’s from the Gold Coast. We have not been back since he moved here 8 years ago to marry me. We miss it a lot and hope to have a second home there some day. My husband played rugby league (gosh I hope I got that right – I still can’t remember union/league differences!!) and cricket. From here in the states, it’s hard to watch, and he misses it so he’s become an avid football (American, not soccer 😉 )and hockey fan. We have a son (21) at the University of Sydney who played football here in high school, but hasn’t taken up sport again seriously since he returned to Australia. Our son here plays baseball and football and our daughter plays soccer. Thanks for the chat 😉

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      • Jonathan Camac January 17, 2017 / 9:34 pm

        wow! You have sport running pretty deep in your family! I’m more of a cyclist/runner myself, but enjoy playing and watching most sports. Funnily enough, this year I’ve gotten into watching the NFL a fair bit. Go the Cardinals! 😉

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      • Laura Bennet January 18, 2017 / 3:19 am

        True! As a runner, you may appreciate a post I have coming up in a few weeks. 😉

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      • Jonathan Camac January 18, 2017 / 5:38 am

        Well, you’ve convinced me with that sales pitch. I’m following you now 😉 looking forward to it!

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  9. PneumaWord January 16, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Thank You, for consistently reading and liking. Much appreciated :). Thought you were British at first until i read through hehe. Nice to see a young man totally set on Jesus; i pray for grace for us run to run our races, finish our courses and keep the faith with Joy, in Jesus name, amen. Regards, Lydia Ndagilaya x

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  10. GrampaDennis January 16, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    Jonathan – Thanks for visiting my blog and for the like on my “Is the New Testament True?” article. I believe I have a dozen articles posted now. I would appreciate any comments you might have.

    Yes, you should be a “Student of Life” for all of your life! The mysteries of God and the Universe go on and on. The more you learn, the more you find that there is more to examine.

    May God bless you, guide you and protect you.

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    • Jonathan Camac January 16, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      I’ll see what I can do. Exactly right Dennis! We are all lifelong learners 🙂 Appreciate your time mate.

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  11. Ibon Jakuson January 21, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Heya Jonathan. 😆 Thanks for passing by and liking my post on The One. Your passion for Christ is so refreshing and awesome. Keep it up! 👍

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  12. jklarayne January 25, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Many thanks for you taking the time to read my work. I just read Glorious Ruin, quite lovely. I grew up Christian, (though not extremely religious now) my Mother was, especially towards the end of her battle with Cancer. She existed solely for him, as a result there is a richness within me because of her and a channel to God that is strongest at my highest and lowest moments. I try my best to live the way your uncle spoke of, but I’ve fallen victim to projecting a goodness that sometimes isn’t there. Making excuses and justifying the bad in people as I desperately needed to find beauty in ruin. This left me hurt way to often by way too many. So I am trying to balance my seemingly naive faith in humanity with ‘opened eyes’ as well as an open heart. Everyone is doing the best they can, I suppose, given what they’ve had the ability to process. Prayer and love is all I can give in return, even at a distance, haha. Looking forward to reading more of your work. Blessed rest of week to you.

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    • Jonathan Camac January 29, 2017 / 5:32 am

      If prayer and love is all you can give, then trust me, you’re giving a heck of a lot. God’s grace flows through them continually! Appreciate your time and words jklarayne 🙂

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  13. smeyer7 February 4, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    You are finding real joy, and I’m excited that you are posting about that journey; it will continue all your life. And we never outgrow being a student of our Lord! So good to see younger people blogging about Jesus, and I’m going to refer my granddaughter, who’s about your age and loves Jesus, to your site. Blessings as you continue this journey.

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  14. choregfirin February 4, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Hi, Jonathan. Thanks for visiting my post. If you have anything in common with me, it will be a lifelong love of learning, especially about Jesus, His Word, and how that Word applies to one’s life. I have had almost seven decades of doing that and know from experience there is no bottom to that well of God’s riches.

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    • Jonathan Camac February 4, 2017 / 7:06 pm

      I love hearing that sort of stuff! That experienced legends like yourself are still learning from Jesus and are constantly flawed by the grace of God. Thanks heaps for your comment 🙂

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  15. stressfreehomeschooling February 5, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    It’s wonderful to see a young man like yourself so passionate about knowing and serving the Lord! May He bless you and use you to influence many for his glory 🙂

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  16. RLoy February 6, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Thanks for liking my post on Philippians 4:8-9.

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  17. Anna Callison February 8, 2017 / 12:14 am

    Hey from the U.S. of A! Thanks for the likes.
    You’ve got an awesome blog! A joy to read!

    Blessings,
    Anna

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    • Jonathan Camac February 8, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Hey Anna! All the way from the USA hey 😉 No problems. Keep sharing your words, poetry and videos! God bless 🙂

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  18. Heather February 8, 2017 / 2:15 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog! It’s always encouraging to me to see another young person wanting to live for God and share him with the world. Keep up the good work. 🙂

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  19. writercaseyflynn February 22, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Hi Jonathan,
    Thanks for reading through some of my ScholarMonk project. It’s a thread that I feel I need to follow and I enjoy sharing it with others. I have been studying Greek over the last year and am enjoying my current foray into the Gospel of Mark.
    A warm bow to you, Casey.

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    • Jonathan Camac February 22, 2017 / 10:05 pm

      No problems Casey. So cool you’re studying Greek with the gospel of Mark! Jesus is Lord. Appreciate your time here 🙂

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