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Prego

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

June 27, 2014

I'm getting ready for my third night here in Rome, and my head is overflowing with experiences. It's all too much to recount here, but I've done and seen a lot. I've wandered through ancient ruins (and ancient here means B.C. as well as A.D. ancient). I've been inside the Roman Colosseum, looked up at the Sistine Chapel . . .

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Wasn't built in a day

But you can get there in a day

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

June 26, 2014

I made it to Rome, and now after catching up on my sleep I can think clearly enough to write about it. I took a plane from Chicago to Dublin, and after about an hour and a half in Dublin another plane brought me to Rome. The shuttle bus that took me to my hotel broke down on the way (I think its transmission went out), but they got another . . .

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Faith Church, Dyer

Church Encounter Series

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

June 22, 2014

I'll be overseas soon, but while I was still in town I wanted to experience worship at one of the bigger churches in Northwest Indiana, so I drove down to Dyer to go to Faith Church.

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Faith Church has campuses in many communities, including Highland, but I wanted to try their big place in Dyer. Faith Church is a part of the Reformed . . .

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Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago

Church Encounter Series

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

June 15, 2014

I’m at home for a week before I resume my travels, and for church today I rode the train to Chicago to go to Fourth Presbyterian Church.

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Fourth Presbyterian sits on what is maybe the most expensive real estate of any church in Chicago. It’s on Michigan Avenue, across from the John Hancock building. The Four Seasons Hotel is across the . . .

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Praying at 3 AM

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

June 14, 2014

Last night, I woke up at 3 AM and thought, “The monks are getting ready to pray now.” Vigils, the first time the monks at New Melleray Abbey gather for prayer, happens at 3:30 AM. I’m an early riser, but 3:30 in the morning is early. The monastery church is dark, except for the lights in the visitors’ area and a small light for the monks who . . .

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New Melleray Abbey

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

June 11, 2014

I wanted my sabbatical to begin with a time of quiet and prayer, so here at the start I went to New Melleray Abbey in Eastern Iowa. New Melleray is a Trappist monastery, Silvrback blog imageand they’re devoted to a contemplative life of prayer and silence. I arrived on Monday, and I’ll leave on Friday.

People are often curious, who’ve never experienced this, . . .

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First Christian Church, Washington, MO

Church Encounter Series

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

June 08, 2014

During the summer, when I visit other churches, I'm sharing what I experience here. Today I returned to the First Christian Church in my hometown of Washington, Missouri. My teen years were spent among these folks, and even though the building and location are different from when I was there, a lot seems familiar. A whole lot of different . . .

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