stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday:

  • So thrilled Baby Faith (an NVC baby born with Hydrops) is still fighting and the mortality projection has really dropped. If you’re looking for a story of faith that will inspire you, check out the “Have Faith” Facebook page. The story is even more precious beyond the Facebook page. Greg, Chelsea, and Faith are amazing!
  • I fear the church planting model used by the bulk (not all) of church planting agencies is not sustainable. If there was in fact a world-wide movement toward church planting, we couldn’t afford it.
  • It’s also too slow.
  • One of the worst things that could happen to a new church starter would be to have abundant support provided at no cost to them personally. At the very least, they ought to have to personally raise significant funds. Not only will it create even deeper ownership in the planter–it will train them in a skill they must possess when launching and sustaining a new church.
  • Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are getting weirder by the day. As a man with three young daughters…this is tricky. There’s virtually no way to avoid them–especially Biebs.
  • I’m reading Ron Highfield’s God, Freedom, and Human Dignity. LOVING IT.
  • A quote from early in the book I’m still thinking about: “Idolatry does not challenge our innate self-centeredness; rather its main goal is to extend our control over our lives by a kind of religious management of the divine.”
  • When it comes to the issue of gay marriage, why is it OK to boycott, railroad, blackball, and slur those who oppose gay marriage and not OK to discriminate against homosexuals? I’m not a fan of either, personally. However, this seems a worthwhile question: You who say, “Thou shalt not discriminateth, do you discriminateth?”
  • A lyric from Lecrae’s song, Gravity: “Somebody told me there was no such thing as truth
    I said, “If that’s the case then why should I believe you?” Not bad for a rapper 🙂
  • Rap has long had some of the deepest lyrics many Christians have never heard because its……. rap. That’s a shame.
  • I was born and raised in one of rap’s capitals (Long Beach, CA), and went to High School with Snoop Dogg (literally, I did). Accordingly, I bet many of you didn’t know I love rap–especially 80s and 90s rap.
  • Most Christian rap is no bueno. However, Lecrae–bueno.
  • I’ll let the shock of those last two points subside…
  • I’m looking forward to speaking at the National Preaching Summit in Indianapolis this coming week. This is one of those “under the radar” seminars that’s in it’s ninth year. It’s all about the practical side of preaching. Randy Harris, Rick Stedman, Mark Moore, Jack Cottrell, and others will be there. If you can get to Indy, it’s short, but sweet–and inexpensive. More information can be found here.
  • Is it me, or does nearly every Scott Boras client bring drama or have some slime on them. Big shocker.
  • Earlier this week, I tweeted, with widespread agreement: “Perhaps North Korea’s nuclear threat against us is an appropriate response to us forcing Dennis Rodman on them.” Who thought that was a good idea?
  • Can we all admit we’re at least mildly happy to watch the Yankees melting away like the Wicked Witch of the East?
  • Girl Scout cookie season is over. I’ll pay top dollar for any Thin Mints reserves you may have.

What’s on your mind this Friday morning?