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Leaders Who Listen

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

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

November 13, 2014

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Pastors, when we talk shop together, will gossip over the good and bad of other churches, and one afternoon a Pastor and I were talking about another pastor and church where there were problems. This wasn’t the first time this other pastor had run into trouble, and my friend summarized the problem, “He doesn’t listen.” It was clear what . . .

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Teaching with Actions

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

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

November 11, 2014

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You might know that deflating moment when you see behind the curtain into the reality of a dynamic teacher’s life and think, “This guy is a jerk.” All of the teacher’s teachings empty of power in the moment. Benedict, in chapter two of his rule, lists the qualities of an abbot. The abbot is the head of the monastery, and the word abbot . . .

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Four Types of Monks

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

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

November 07, 2014

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In a town that used to be home there was a wealthy guy named--for the sake of anonymity I’ll call him this--John Miller. He made a lot of money in another state, and he was a public figure in town and often visited other churches and tried to influence churches and the community; to me he was an ever-present nuisance. When I was moving . . .

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Every Single Page

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

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

November 03, 2014

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I asked a monk if there was any part of the Rule of St. Benedict that was harder to keep. “Every single page,” he said quickly. Completely living up to the Rule was an impossible task, he acknowledged, but he said it was similar to the Sermon on the Mount. None of us can live by the Sermon on the Mount completely, but yet we try.

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Benedict's Rule and the True Self

Jason Jones

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

October 31, 2014

My good friend and fellow pastor, Billy Doidge Kilgore, invited me to write for his blog, Our Deepest Selves. My post there focuses on how the Rule of St. Benedict reveals our true self. If you're curious, you can find it by clicking here.

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Wake Up

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

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

October 30, 2014

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I’m a man of routine, and almost every morning, at 6:00 AM, my alarm clock radio wakes me. For a few minutes I try to deny reality and keep sleeping, but after a bit I slowly wake up while listening to the radio. “I really should get up,” I think, as I pull the covers tighter over me, “But, just a few more minutes.” Then the moment of . . .

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Listen

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

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

October 22, 2014

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The first word is listen. Before Benedict says anything else, he asks us to listen. The prologue of Benedict's Rule begins, saying, "Listen carefully, my child,
to the master's instructions,and attend to them with the ear of your heart." Think of the teacher, waiting at the front of the class for everyone to quiet, . . .

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