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Kickstarter Project: We are Chi Alpha...

posted Nov 29, 2012, 1:48 PM by Kelton Shipman   [ updated Nov 29, 2012, 1:48 PM ]

Check out my new Kickstarter project: Launching Season 1 of "We are Chi Alpha" (52 Episodes: January - December 2013), a YouTube channel with weekly content beginning the first week of January 2013 showcasing the regular happenings of our Chi Alpha ministry, and more entertainingly, the lives of the students that I find so much joy working with. 
 

Student Spotlight - Brandon

posted Nov 26, 2012, 11:04 AM by Kelton Shipman   [ updated Nov 26, 2012, 11:05 AM ]

I'm a junior at the University of Texas At Arlington studying English. In 2008, I was diagnosed with Lumbar Spondylosis, a degeneration of the spine which causes debilitating back pain. Three different doctors recommended back surgery. I thought to myself, "What value could God place in me; what if I deserved it; why did God allow those things to occur?"

During this time I embraced a lifestyle of drugs and promiscuity within the gay culture. I was depressed and highly doubted my value, who I was and where my life was heading. I realized my brokenness and started to seek the Lord for emotional healing and with the help of individuals God had strategically placed in my life, I started to develop freedom: physically, sexually, and emotionally.

This semester while at church, I went up and received prayer and as I went up, hopeful that God would heal me, I felt a shift in my lower back where the disk was that had caused me so much pain. It moved! The following Monday, I scheduled a x-ray for my back and awaited the results. After a bit, my doctor went through the results, showed me the x-ray and this is what the report read: "Misevaluation: normal skeletal structure", meaning my back looked as though I never had the condition in the first place!

I continue to seek God for freedom in my life as I know I still have areas to give to him. God touched me in such a powerful way that I can't even begin to really truly understand the weight of His love towards us; it is truly unfathomable!

Prayer Requests

posted Sep 25, 2012, 2:08 PM by Kelton Shipman

Thanks so much to all of our prayer and financial support team!  I frequently get requests on how to pray for our family and our ministry here at UTA:
  • Pray for Brenden, we are having his hearing tested just to make sure that his slight speech delay isn't hearing related.  It could be just a natural delay, but we want to make sure and be ahead of the game.
  • Pray for Jaden, currently on medication to help with incontinence issues.  Obviously, we would like him not to have to be on medication for the rest of his life. 
  • Pray for Shauna, she's been having issues transfering her insurance coverage.

My Ordination

posted Jul 5, 2012, 8:30 AM by Kelton Shipman

On June 12th, I received my credentials of ordination from the North Texas District of the Assemblies of God.  It was a really special service for me as Stephen and Jane Deal, the Tarrant Area Chi Alpha Directors, came down and laid hands on Shauna and I during the ordination ceremony.  
 

Student Spotlight - Andrew

posted Jul 5, 2012, 8:21 AM by Kelton Shipman

“Who’s King David?  What’s he all about?” Andrew stopped and asked me after I had mentioned the well-known Bible character in the conversation we were having while taking a break from the strenuous manual labor.  After the tornados came through Arlington, Andrew volunteered to come and help with the tree removal and cleanup at Shauna’s parents’ house.  Here is his story in his own words:    

“Before I came to UTA, I had never read the Bible all the way through. One night, I happened to walk by a worship program run by one of the major Christian communities on campus. As I listened, I decided that I should read the Bible for the first time. As I read, I learned a lot of tough lessons. I learned that we live in a fallen world that is filled with broken people who have to fight temptation every day. I learned that God has been a positive influence on my life more than I ever gave him credit for. He taught me the importance of treating others well. He taught me that you should do good things for people without expecting rewards. God has shown me the importance of controlling what I say so that I do not injure others. Thanks to Chi Alpha, I’ve been able to understand the Bible and understand why God acts one way or another. It has been a privilege and a joy to be a part of a community that I consider to be like a second family. If it were not for them, I would have lost my faith.”

Summer Reading List

posted Jun 19, 2012, 8:33 PM by Kelton Shipman   [ updated Jun 19, 2012, 8:37 PM ]

Every year, our local library has a summer reading list that we encourage Jaden to complete so he can earn extra prizes and such plus to instill in him a passion for reading.
 
"Leaders are readers!"
 
I got invited to participate in a summer reading program so I will plan to post short reviews on this post as I finish them:
 
 
 
 
 
  • UnPlanned by Abby Johnson - Absolutely loved this book!  Could not put it down.  Story of former director of the Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas who quit her job after 8 years and suddenly joined the Coalition of Life.  Unique perspective of one who who has passionately been on "both sides of the fence."

The Spelling Bee

posted May 7, 2012, 8:57 AM by Kelton Shipman   [ updated May 8, 2012, 11:40 AM ]

 
 
Jaden got second place in the 1st grade spelling bee today at James F. Delaney Elementary. We are so proud of him!!!
 

Run Luke Run!

posted Mar 27, 2012, 11:28 AM by Kelton Shipman   [ updated Apr 10, 2012, 2:30 PM ]

I found this editorial comic in the latest issue of The Collegian (http://collegian.tccd.edu/), Tarrant County College's student newspaper. As many of you know, I am a huge Star Wars nerd so the thought of Luke Skywalker roaming the hallways of the Southeast campus made me chuckle a little bit.  Can you imagine the future Grandmaster of the New Jedi Order going to the local community college?
 
Many of tomorrow's leaders are doing just that!  In the past (before the dark times...before the Empire, lol) the majority of students went straight to a four-year university.  However, in these tough economic times, the enrollment of community colleges is skyrocketing due to the signicantly cheaper tuition and minimzed living expenses while staying at home!  More than ever, these students need an "older, wiser" spiritual mentor on campus, yet many go through the routine of going to class and working a job feeling burdened and alone with no one to turn to.  God has given us an awesome opportunity and huge responsibility to impact today's university students with the life-changing power of the gospel for his glory!

Local Flavor: The Grease Monkey

posted Mar 27, 2012, 10:37 AM by Kelton Shipman   [ updated Apr 10, 2012, 2:30 PM ]

As a campus pastor, I like to introduce my students to local restaurants.  Unfortunately, living in a large city like Arlington, it is very easy for the typical college freshman to live off of either dining hall "all-you-can-eat" or fast-food chains and never get out and try a wide variety selection of locally-owned restaurants.  My hope is to do periodical "restaurant reviews" as a way of encouranging those who read my blog to get out and try something new.
Last Thursday, before our Chi Alpha meeting at UTA, I went and tried a newly opened burger joint and, as it inspired me to start this blog feature, you might expect that it made quite an impression.  The Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club (http://www.greasemonkeyburgers.com/) is a really cool place with an awesome feel and vibe located just north of the campus at Mesquite and Division.  I had the Black and Blue Burger and it was really, really good.  The blue cheese didn't overpower and the fried onion strings were great!  I will definitely frequent this local joint.  For full disclosure, their prices are a little pricey, but I used a Groupon which made it an excellent value.  For the university student, you might enjoy the frequent local bands that they host as well!  

Mardi Gras Cajun Dinner

posted Mar 20, 2012, 11:55 AM by Kelton Shipman   [ updated Mar 20, 2012, 11:57 AM ]

Over 100 students packed out the Great Room to enjoy an authentic Cajun feast of boiled crawfish, jambalaya and red beans and rice and to relax during a fun-filled night of Louisiana culture, cuisine and dancing. For Mardi Gras, we hosted our Annual Cajun Dinner in Arlington Hall. A special shout-out is in order for the Chi Alpha outreach team from the University of Louisiana - Lafayette and to our student president and Arlington Hall Resident Advisor David Hernandez for putting together such an awesome outreach event!

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