stream of consciousness

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday morning:

  • Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ new song, Uptown Funk is a jam. Best line… “smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy.” Now that’s smooth.
  • I’ve chosen not to comment on Ferguson. I still won’t. I thought Ben Watson’s comments were fantastic. I’ll leave it at that.
  • Eric Garner. Have mercy.
  • “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” James 3:9-10
  • Christians spreading rumors, slandering and lying about their Sister and Brothers–bearing false witness–it’s a not so silent killer of the church. Yet, we do so little to hold people accountable for what they say. Jesus says we will give an account for every careless word we utter. James says our religion is worthless if we can’t bridle our tongues. Perhaps we ought to pay more attention to this.
  • I wrote a mid-week post that appeared at Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog. It offers four reasons every church should celebrate Advent. If you grew up in a non-liturgical tradition as I did, you might find it helpful. Click here to read it.
  • At the Grove (a mall) in Los Angeles, you can now schedule an appointment to meet Santa. How very L.A. But, why give up the time-honored hell of waiting in line with your toddler for 2 hours in a congested, hostile line?
  • My favorite Christmas movie of all time is “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
  • Number two has to be, “Christmas Vacation.”
  • Those are great movies. However, no story can compete with Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. You really have to read the book then watch the movie. I’ve done this partly to prepare myself for our current sermon series at New Vintage Church. I must confess I had never read the book.
  • My laptop went to be with Jesus this past week. After flirting with Apple a bit, I re-upped with Windows and went with the Surface Pro 3. I love it. I just wish the Surface Pen worked in Evernote. It works with Office completely well, though.
  • If you wonder how to tell whether or not a person is actually a concerned Sister/Brother or a gossiper that needs ignoring or rebuke. Here are three questions to ask: 1) Has this person followed biblical norms for handling conflict? 2) Is there evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit in their attitude, content, and speech? 3) What is their aim? Is it injury or reconciliation? Are they seeking the other’s ultimate good?
  • If Alabama loses a second game, they shouldn’t be in the playoffs. However, I also don’t know who I would replace them with. Arizona if they beat Oregon? This I know… Ohio State will get smoked if they are in. I’d feel much better about Baylor.
  • Stewardship in an inclusive the Bible is an inclusive concept. However, it is weighted heavily in favor of generosity. We’ve come to use this term in a way inconsistent with the biblical emphases. The next time someone says, “We need to be good stewards,” listen carefully to what they mean. It is legitimate to use the term to refer to balancing the budget, etc., however, it rarely refers to hoarding. Saving…sometimes. Never hoarding.
  • Dollar Shave Club rules. Good stewardship 🙂
  • I also love soup of almost every kind. Yet, I’ve discovered some people hate soup because it drums up negative childhood memories (poverty, etc.)
  • It rained much of the week out here in Southern California. It fell on the just and unjust alike.
  • I’ve got some cool new features coming to the blog in January. If this blog blesses you, I hope you’ll consider a year-end gift to New Vintage Church’s Trellis Project. The money you donate will go to desperately needed improvements to children’s ministry facilities and also help start new churches. Click here to go to the pledge page.

What’s on your mind this Friday?