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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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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Bike with Dad

193 Miles on the Katy Trail

Jason Jones

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

June 07, 2014

Men usually need a shared activity when they get together. Guys aren't into sitting and sharing; we've got to do something. When my Dad and I get together we ride bikes. Here on the first week of my sabbatical we took a trip down the Katy Trail in Missouri. We've done this three times before, riding and staying along the trail. . . .

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Eureka Christian Church

Church Encounter Series

Jason Jones

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

June 01, 2014

It's my plan to visit a different church each Sunday this summer. Pastors don't often get to see how things are done in other churches, so this summer is, for me, a feast of new church experiences. I'll try to share something from each experience here.
My first church visit happened while I was on the road. While traveling . . .

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What's a Sabbatical?

i.e.- How did you get so lucky to get three months off of work?

Jason Jones

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

May 31, 2014

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During the preparations for this time, I’ve had a few ask me, “What’s a sabbatical?” It’s a fair question; they’re asking, “What exactly is this thing you’re doing?” A sabbatical is a period of paid leave for learning and travel. Sabbatical comes from the Hebrew word Sabbath (or Shabbat), which means to cease, stop, or rest. A key part . . .

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