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How They Are to Sleep

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

February 10, 2015

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In ancient times, when I was a college student, some in my church had hopes of creating a young adult/college student ministry. People occasionally asked me about it, but I didn’t make any commitments. My response was, “I’m around college students all the time. I come to church so I can be around other groups, too.” It’s natural for people . . .

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Appointing Deans in the Monastery

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

January 30, 2015

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Churches often don’t make thoughtful choices about leadership. Usually churches use the “find a warm body” approach to leadership selection. A job needs filling and the church has anxiety about filling it, and whoever can be stuck there is the person chosen for the job. At the other extreme, someone has been in a job a very long time, and . . .

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Less is More

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

January 26, 2015

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I know the road between Northwest Indiana (where I live), and Missouri (where my family lives) pretty well. I’ve passed through Effingham, Illinois, where I-70 meets I-57, several dozen times. If you’ve gone through there you know besides several places to eat, fuel up, or stay the night, there is also a really big cross there. If you’ve . . .

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How to Behave in the Presence of God and the Angels

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

January 23, 2015

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At one monastic stop last summer, a guest forgot to silence her cellphone. Probably everyone who carries a phone knows the feeling of the phone ringing in an inappropriate moment. I can’t imagine a worse place, though, than the middle of a monastery church. The phone sounded out through the silence of dozens of monks and guests in quiet . . .

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When to Say "Alleluia"

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

January 21, 2015

Silvrback blog imageI don’t know a thing about being married. Other than observing a bunch of marriages as an outsider, I have no insider experience on being married. Others tell me, though--and it makes sense--that there are certain practices that make for a stronger marriage. There are many of them, and I’m guessing different practices work for different . . .

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Forgiveness, Twice a Day

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

January 13, 2015

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Years ago I was in a group trying to bring healing in a denominational skirmish. We talked about mutual confession, for everyone to lay down the need to be right and to confess that all played a part in the problem. One man, representing his group, said, “I don’t know what we need to confess. We haven’t done anything wrong.” For him all the . . .

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Seinfeld and the Psalms

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

January 07, 2015

Silvrback blog imageHere’s a feel-old realization for you: Seinfeld, which started in 1989, is 25 years old. In the 90’s I watched it every Thursday night I was home, and since then I watch the reruns which live on in syndication. I often say, “That reminds me of the Seinfeld episode . . .” If you watched it you know what I’m talking about: the George Costanza . . .

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