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One Week Back

It's really over.

Jason Jones

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

September 09, 2014

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I've been back at work for a week now. The transition really wasn't a big deal. With good leadership at the church while I was away, there were no fires for me to put out in my return. I'm surprised too with how quickly I found my old rhythms again. The established routines for the workweek were right there waiting for me, . . .

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It's Over.

Jason Jones

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

September 01, 2014

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It's the last day. Tomorrow I'm back in the office. I've had three months of extraordinary experiences, and tomorrow I'll continue my extraordinary adventures while I'm back to the daily living of work around here.

I had a little drama here at the end. After a couple wonderful days in Kansas City I was at . . .

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The Summer of Jason

Jason Jones

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

August 27, 2014

There's less than a week left. My sabbatical of three months is almost over. After Labor Day I am back to work. I started planning and hoping for this time two or three years ago, and I've done it, and it's almost over. When this summer started I remembered a clip from the television show, Seinfeld, where George Costanza . . .

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The Megachurch

What a smaller church pastor thinks after visiting some really big churches.

Jason Jones

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

August 23, 2014

Outside of Buffalo, New York, where I used to live, is a big box church that resembles a very large cinema megaplex from the outside. I'd never gone inside, but I knew some about the church and what happened there. One summer day I was walking through an outdoor art festival, and I saw some artists I knew. We started talking, and one of . . .

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St. Meinrad Archabbey

Jason Jones

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

August 20, 2014

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I'm down in the southern end of Indiana for a few days for a retreat at St. Meinrad Archabbey. In the middle of the country here west of Louisville is something you'd never expect to find: a European-looking monastery rising up out of the corn fields. It is something to see it at first, this big place set up on a hill; it almost . . .

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Keeping Up With the Catholics

Jason Jones

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

August 06, 2014

I've been here at St. Andrew's Abbey, for a couple of days now. The monks have managed to green up the grounds near the monastery, but we're a stone's throw from thirsty desert hills. It's not too hot here, with the elevation a little higher. The nights are cool, and it only gets hot in the afternoon. We prayed Psalm 63 . . .

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Saddleback Church

Church Encounter Series

Jason Jones

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

August 04, 2014

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It was Sunday morning, and I was in Southern California, so I had to go to Saddleback Church. Saddleback is famous for its pastor, Rick Warren. Rick Warren is known for his books, praying at the Presidential inauguration, and for being a public figure in evangelical church circles. The church was started by Warren in 1980, and it's . . .

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