End of Week Stream of Consciousness, vol. 2

stream of consciousness

Here’s this week’s “end of the week stream of consciousness”:

  • The desert is a spiritual place for me. I don’t really know why. But, it’s interesting to note how many important biblical things happen in the desert wilderness.
  • Why do those who decry evangelicalism’s supposed affinity with “right-wing” government efforts on the “biblical grounds” of staying clear of the “empire” in the same breath argue for government-regulated “social justice” complete with links from the Huffington Post and MSNBC.com? It seems to me aligning oneself with government efforts for the common good is either permissible biblically or not–regardless of who’s in the White House. If it’s a matter of policy differences, then let’s just say that.
  • It seems to me that most of people’s differences on the aforementioned issue really come down to the question, “What is Just?”
  • Google+ has me all confused…but still intrigued. I’m going to give it 2 more weeks.
  • We humans are masterful at blaming others.
  • I used to feel guilty going on vacation. Now I feel guilty when I don’t. I’ve learned the hard way that a burned out minister has little to offer except his/her fumes.
  • However, I only feel good getting away when I’ve worked diligently in the months leading up to these Sabbaths. I couldn’t feel good about it otherwise…and I don’t thing God would either.
  • Bibles are either too thick, have no margins, or have no helps. Someone needs to create the loaded, thinner, wider-margin bible. I have no idea how they would do that. Maybe make it square-shaped and put on a funky ultra-thin but solid paper.
  • Evernote is the greatest app to come out since … well… perhaps, period. Pandora is only other app I can think of in it’s league.
  • I’m attending the Lipscomb Sermon Seminar in October. I’m supposed to preach and transcribe a 12-minute sermon on the Parable of the Soils (Mark 4) for presentation to my peers and possibly Walter Brueggemann.
  • When is someone going to write the next great book on preaching? In my opinion, Stott’s Between Two Worlds was the last truly great one (though it was more of a primer), not counting the revisions of Craddock and Long. That was a long time ago.
  • I hate when people ask me what my favorite food is. I have a favorite from each different genre of cuisine. But, when you get past the Mexican, Chinese, Italian, and seafood…only one is left standing above them all. Starts with “S” and rhymes with “make.”
  • Which is the best view: mountain, ocean, desert sunset, or city lights?
  • Whatever happened to Anthony Weiner?
  • I really hope the NCAA lets Ohio State and Miami have it. They sure gave my USC Trojans the woodshed treatment for a far lesser crime. That’s my mercy gift coming out 😉
  • Erick Aybar has almost single-handedly wrecked my fantasy baseball team over the last couple of weeks.
  • School starts on Monday for our girls. Anna starts third grade, Olivia second grade, and Norah–pre-munchkin.
  • I come from a long line of educators and have deep respect for teachers. Wouldn’t it be great if every family found a way to do something nice for their kids’ teachers at least once a semester?
  • We start a new message series in 9 days at New Vintage Church, called, “Facedown: In Awe of God.” Starting a new sermon series is always a lot of fun and fills me with anticipation at how God might use His Word to change lives.
  • We’re still in moving mode after some time away with the kids. If I never seek another roll of packing tape in my life, I’ll be just fine with that.


Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including: ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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