Showing posts from March, 2013

Faith: Rule of Benedict 3

#ruleofbenedict 3: good decision making requires listening of and respect for all involved

Faith: Rule of Benedict 2

#ruleofbenedict 2: a leader knows they answer to God, seeks the well being of group, teaches by example, adapts to each person

Faith: Rule of Benedict 1

#ruleofbenedict 1: commit to a community that has expectations upon its members

Faith: The Rule of Saint Benedict for the Twitter Age?

Late last year, had the chance to interact with Greg Richardson at our church day retreat. Richardson who goes by the name "the Strategic Monk" is a lay oblate of the Benedictine order. There are Benedictine monks who reside in traditional monastic communities. However, one can adhere to "The Rule of St. Benedict," be associated with a particular monastic community but live out in a regular profession which is what he does, hence, he is a lay oblate.

The rule is the guide by which a particular community lives. For example, you can read about the Rule of St. Francis that guide the Franciscan friars or the Carmelite Rule of St. Albert. The Rule of Benedict has been translated into English and can be found in various printed editions and in many languages online. I found the edition pictured above in the library and am reading through it now. What I'll attempt to do is summarize the "rules" in Twitter sized bites. I wonder how St. Benedict would react …

Sport: UCLA vs. Minnesota

Everyone is saying UCLA will lose even though they are a "6" playing an "11."

There are good reasons:
1) Jordan Adams was injured at the end of the Pac12 semi-final and needed surgery on his foot and is out for the rest of the season. His scoring and crafty steals were a big part of the success of this year's Bruins and were sorely missed in the defeat against Oregon in the Pac12 finals.
2) Rumors swirl around the impending firing of Coach Howland.
3) And now, a report surfaced that Shabazz is actually one year older than he has been claiming furthering the circus atmosphere around the burning ship that is the Bruin's basketball program.

Keys to tonights game:

1. First 5 minutes - if the team is in disarray they will be down double digits and they will either fold or be in a hole too big to dig out of.

They got off to a slow start.

2. Shabazz maybe the star but Larry Drew II is the key. His leadership keeps the team calm and he can pick his moments to score.

Faith: What to make of those strange laws in Leviticus?

I'm guessing I'm pretty late to seeing this widely circulated email:
Dear (name removed) the WISE ONE,

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from you and will try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I will simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination ... End of debate. However (name removed), I do need some advice from you, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her…

Faith: Christianity today in the USA - some thoughts on the current scene inside and outside the PCUSA

1. The PCUSA (the church I currently belong to is part of the PCUSA) has a lot going for it conceptually. 
Most of my church life has been in congregational ruled churches and I have friends mostly in those settings as well. There is good and bad to congregational rulership of churches. The bad is that sometimes there can be a "cult of personality" which can be very unhealthy so the oversight and accountability structures of the PCUSA are noble and wise. I have seen those mechanisms used effectively to help a PCUSA church I was a part of get back on its feet after a season of conflict within its leadership team.

2. PCUSA as an entity is deeply divided.
I have heard those rumblings back in 1998 when I first started to attend a PCUSA church and because of the growing troubles in the denomination nationally, the thought of leaving PCUSA has occurred often. The Church (big C) will survive because it is God's instrument but PCUSA itself is not sacred. I had heard in some preac…