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Kicking Blessed Assurance

July 18, 2007

I had the opportunity to listen to Brennan Manning speak several times in person a couple of weeks ago, and I had a conversation with him which was quite enjoyable. I thought I would share with you one of my favorite stories from his many books.

In my mind, the most wonderful line in Benedict’s Rule describes the appropriate response to a “contumacious monk” who is creating discord in the monastic community. “Let Father Abbot send two stout monks to explain the matter to him.” The saintly founder of Western monasticism implies that a left jab to the solar plexus and a right hook to the jaw would swiftly clear the grousing brother’s mind.

Much too often in the news there is reports of pastoral misconduct in the church. Perhaps, there are some elders and deacons that may need to take Benedict’s advice and put it into practice. I imagine with all of the Total Depravity Awards Dr. West has handed out in the last couple of years that a sanctified kick to the groin would have been useful in at least a few of those churches!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2007 4:48 am

    You might be right!

  2. July 22, 2010 11:40 am

    For awhile,I believed i was worried Star Trek was a dying franchise. Then JJ Abrams came along. Nice touch. The scene with kid Kirk was a touch too quirky in the movie, though it was hot in the trailer. Star Trek XI breathed new life into this beloved Roddenberry universe. I’d like to see all of this Enterprise cast return for much more outings. I was raised with the classic series. Heck, my dad got us a color TV just so we could view Star Trek every single Friday afternoon. Now, I’m stuck on these new famous actors. In MHO, they have breathed life into their characters and made them their very own. I, personally, am getting excited about more.

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