Becoming Capable of Life-Giving Failures

Becoming Capable of Life-Giving Failures This guest-blog was written by our good friend Jonathan Melton, the chaplain at St. Francis House Episcopal Student Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on his blog the patience of trees which is filled with honest reflections on Christian living (aka you should probably check it out). In this post, Jonathan puts into words well what we be about ministry. Enjoy. Five years ago, right before St. Francis House sent a few of game people to our...

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All Natural: Rivers

 All Natural Short thoughts about meeting God outside Rivers Allie and I have spent a lot of time on rivers this summer. Part of what we do over the summers is lead kayaking trips with students who just graduated high school at our local summer camp along the beautiful Guadalupe river.Lined with towering bald cypress reaching over the water forming the most wonderful of canopies, water that flows from crystal clear in the shallows to an intoxicatingly deep sea-foam green...

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Reflections on Lent: Transformation

The first time I remember hearing of Lent was when I was in college at St. Mary’s. I remember being confused why it was such a big deal to the friends around me and never quite getting a clear answer of what it entailed. So I went around taking a poll and asking different students what lent meant. There were students that told me they didn’t quite remember, other who quoted “for dust you are and to dust you will...

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Reflections on Lent: Silence

Silence. Silence is my least favorite thing. I have been known to turn on the radio in my car before starting the engine and changing the channel at least 10 times within a mile-long drive. I will turn on the TV or a YouTube clip and walk away to do something in the kitchen. This is just to feel like I’m not alone; to check out of everything that is going on. Even now as I sit here writing this,...

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Reflections on Lent: Fasting

Over the last year, Alli and I had our baby boy and purchased our first house which means one thing. STUFF. EVERYWHERE. Not only do we have an obscene amount of toys and books and clothes and baby gadgets but we also want beds and couches and patio furniture and a ping pong table (that may only be one of us) to fill our new house. My life has been so inundated with stuff I’m starting to lose my mind...

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