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.