Jason C. Helveston

TellING the story

Writings about the true Author.

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INTRODUCTION

Jason is a writer and pastor at Park Community Church in Chicago. He is married to Laura and they have three children--Glori, Jedidiah, and Micah. He writes and shares resources regularly about Jesus, story, the Bible, and culture.

 

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"That is the fairy tale of the Gospel ... it not only happened once upon a time but has kept on happening ever since and is happening still.”  

Frederick Buechner

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LATEST FROM THE BLOG

DISCIPLING CHILDREN ON THE BODY, SHAME, SEXUALITY, AND THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS

Raising kids is always difficult. At a basic level, parenting is a conflict of wills--the will of a parent and the will of a child. This tension is enough to produce countless premature gray hairs, sleepless nights, and heated conversations. However parenting is more difficult still. After all we do not raise children in sterilized vacuums of culture, we raise them in a maze of cultures and social complexities. Therefore every day as moms and dads we are battling the genuineness of our own will, the development of our children's will, and the prevailing pressures of a surrounding world whose collective will rarely seems to make our jobs any easier.

 

THE POWER OF GIVING UP POWER

When I was in high school my friends called me "white boy" ... a lot. On the east side of San Jose few areas were truly segregated. Filipinos, Mexicans, Vietnamese, African-American, White, and many more groups of people all made up our brilliantly diverse side of the city. To be sure there were certain pockets in which ratios would change and other places where money carved deep scars in neighborhood maps, but growing up nestled up to the east foothills I found myself in predominantly multi-ethnic environments.

 

THE MISSING MASTERPIECE

People were laying in the street, no one could drive through. Milwaukee Avenue is a main thoroughfare cutting diagonally through my neighborhood on the west side of Chicago (please remember I just called my neighborhood "the west side"). And it was on Milwaukee that dozens of people blocked traffic with a message painted on a large canvas sign stretching from one end of the street to the other: "El Barrio No Se Vende". I don't think you need a single session of my seven-year-Spanish education to understand the message: "The Neighborhood Is Not for Sale". (For the record and to my shame, I'm not even close to fluent nor even appropriately conversational in Spanish.) And I don't think I need to further describe the tension this created when I tell you that due to the hundreds of cyclists who make their way downtown on Milwaukee everyday, this avenue is known as "hipster highway" to locals.

 

Tell Me Everything

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Tell Me Everything is a memoir of sorts that recounts Jason's story of discovering the story of Christianity. Having grown up in church, it was easy to confuse religion for Jesus. But Christianity is not a religion, it's a story. 

Amazon is the best place to pick up a copy of Tell Me Everything but it is also available at Christianbooks.com. After you read it let us know what you think! 

 

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