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When Returning from a Journey

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 18, 2015

Silvrback blog imageLast year I visited a monastery and a different monk was filling in for the regular guestmaster. “Brother Timothy is away right now, so I’m filling in,” he said. “He’s in--I think--London right now.” I didn’t ask and the monk didn’t explain what took Brother Timothy to London. Monks do occasionally leave the monastery. Different monasteries . . .

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Do Fence Me In

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 04, 2015

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We are in a free agent culture. 40 or 50 years ago a person might have worked for one company, making a career and commitment to one business. Now workers change jobs every few years. Rarely does a person stay in one town her or his whole now. I’m a living example, having lived in five states, that we live in a mobile culture, not tied to . . .

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73 Miles on the Katy Trail

Jason Jones

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

October 22, 2015

This is a little off topic for this blog, but my Dad and I have made regular bike trips on the Katy Trail in my home state of Missouri, and we took a shorter trip at the end of September. If you're curious what it looks like, you can watch the video below.

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The Challenges of Being Second in Leadership

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, 2015

Silvrback blog imageTrust among leaders working together is a garden that needs constant tending. Any gardener will tell you a garden left alone will be a mess eventually: there’s tending, weeding, cultivating, and fertilizing to do. Trust between leaders is the same way: trust will only function with work. I’ve seen pastors working together who grow to resent . . .

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A Vote for Thoughtful Leaders

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 07, 2015

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Here in the United States we’re gearing up for the Presidential election season, which really never seemed to stop in the first place. Already news reports are weighing the candidates' poll numbers and debate performances. “He’s vulnerable here,” “She’s had a strong debate,” “He can’t shake this negative perception.” These are the kind . . .

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Who is First?

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

September 30, 2015

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I remember a winter day in the fifth grade. We were playing kickball in the warmth of the school gym. If you kicked the ball above a certain line on the back wall it was counted a home run. When I was up to kick I booted it hard over the class and into the home run zone. As I ran around the bases I held my hand above my head with my index . . .

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The Admission of Priests

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

September 10, 2015

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I referenced this a few weeks ago: Will Ferrell, playing Ron Burgandy in Anchorman proclaims, “I don’t know how to put this, but I am kind of big deal.” You know the attitude: I’m impressive and you should notice my impressiveness. We’ve all seen it and exhibited it. Benedict leaves no space, though, for this attitude. He has room for . . .

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