Some Thoughts On Lent Inspired by the Rule of St. Benedict

From the Rule of St. Benedict: "We advise that during these days of Lent he guard his life with all purity and at the same time wash away during these holy days all the shortcomings of other times" St. Benedict (2011-04-30). The Rule of St. Benedict (Kindle Locations 732-733). PlanetMonk Books. Kindle Edition. "During these days,…

The Work of God – The Rule of St. Benedict

After the long chapter on humility, Benedict moves on to a series of instructions on the life of a monk in the monastery.  The chapters have titles such as "How Many Psalms are to be Said at the Night Office" and  "How Lauds are to be Said on Weekdays."  A lot of it is certainly…

Stop Talking and Be Silent – The Rule of St. Benedict (With an Assist from Lisa Simpson)

I talk to much.  This often leads me to putting my foot in my mouth, saying things I ought not say, or at the very least just rambling on into nonsense. In the words of St. Benedict: Therefore, because of the importance of silence, let permission to speak be seldom given to perfect disciples even…

The Value of Mentorship – The Rule of St. Benedict

I enjoy reading these Christian classics, looking for nuggets of wisdom that have stood through the centuries.  Perhaps one thing I like most is that these classics come from a different time and place.  This means that the authors think and write things that may sound odd or surprising or even totally wrong. Today is…

What I Learned About Judgment When My Toddler Wouldn’t Sleep

(I first wrote this weeks ago in early December, but never got around to posting it.  Over the holidays Junia slept great.  Today, the first day my wife is back at school, Junia refused to nap.  That is somewhat ironic timing as I post this.) For most of her young life, Junia has been a…

Our Effort and God’s Empowering – The Rule of St. Benedict: Prologue

I have enjoyed and benefited from working through the classics of Christian literature over the past few years, reading such great authors as Augustine of Hippp, Theresa of Avila, John of the Cross, John Woolman, Brother Lawrence and others.  My next to work through is The Rule of St. Benedict. Benedict of Nursia lived from…

Spiritual Disciplines – Introduction

I love reading history and more specifically, church history.  Currently I am working my way through Diarmaid MacCullough's Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years.  Its a great book.  As I read it, I enjoyed rediscovering one of the more intriguing persons from the history of the church - Simon Stylites.  He lived in the 400s…

How I Spent My Summer (well, part of it)

My introduction to Dallas Willard came in my first semester of seminary when we were assigned read his Renovation of the Heart in a class called Shaping the Heart of a Leader.  We read other books on the soul of a leader, but this was the most difficult one.  I do recall the professor admitting this…

Walking with the Saints – Jesus – Life Together

Some great quotes from Bonhoeffer's fantastic book Life Together on Jesus.  I find both these quotes both incredibly challenging and relevant. God’s presence and help have been demonstrated for us in the life of Jesus Christ. It is in fact more important for us to know what God did to Israel, in God’s son Jesus…