Friday Stream of Consciousness – 146

Featuring Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Why the World is Becoming more Religious

stream of consciousness

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

  • If I could play one musical instrument, I think I might pick the drums.
  • I decided to grab a copy of the new ESV Journaling Bible—Interleaved Edition. When open, it has one page of text on one side, and an entire blank page on the other. It is a notetaker’s dream. However, upon arrival—it’s quite heavy and large. I’ll use it at home, but it isn’t going anywhere with me.
  • I didn’t see any of the Republican debate last night. I’m sure it a time of mutual appreciation and building up among candidates.
  • I think we are going to see a Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton election.
  • Yikes.
  • Nearly every person I see who extolls the virtues of civility is a relatively uncivil person.
  • I’m reading Rodney Stark’s, The Triumph of Faith. He slays the myth of the increasingly irreligious world…and even the “church attendance is in steep decline myth.”
  • The biggest reason for the decay in Christian morals today may be that secular culture is a stronger, clearer, and more effective preacher than the church on many issues of great importance. We let them.
  • What I mean is, on issues of commitment to Christ first, the importance of holiness, the sovereignty and “bigness” of God, and other things…the church often tiptoes.
  • And, if culture doesn’t say it…or eschews our views on something–we either stay silent or excuse our cowardess with misapplied quotes from Scripture about suffering.
  • Relevancy is connecting the claims of God on our lives with our lives–and helping people understand their role in the larger picture of what God is doing.
  • Instead, relevancy has come to mean waiting for secular culture to say something we agree with generally, and then saying, “Yeah, us too!”
  • Today’s church planting enterprise remains relatively expensive, time consuming, and patternistic.
  • Nevertheless, GREAT strides have been made.
  • Interesting quote from a pastor friend regarding the lack of practical ministry skill taught in Christian college ministry training programs: “Bible college is where those who’ve never done it teach those who’ve never done it how to do it.” Ouch.
  • But not altogether incorrect.
  • I’ve found an hour-long conversation with the right colleague can yield the best fruit an hour can yield in terms of ministry learning.
  • My daughter is going to a dance tonight.
  • Where boys will be present.
  • Baseball season is almost here. Whoop to the whoop, whoop!
  • My prediction for the Padres is 75-87. And, I’m still looking forward to the season.
  • Easter is coming. Have you started planning yet?
  • NVC’s 5-year anniversary is coming up. I’ll be posting some reflections after Easter on things I’ve picked up along the way.
  • Song of the week? Hey man, it’s Friday. I’m thinking some “Dog Days are Over” by the great Florence+the Machine sounds about right for such an occasion.

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:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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