Friday Stream of Consciousness – 109

stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • Thin Mints are the only real Girl Scout cookies.
  • The softball season starts Saturday. I’m head coaching Olivia’s team (10U) and assistant coaching Anna’s team (12U). It is so much fun. Now, it’s time for championships 😉
  • I miss playing baseball. So, I’m think for my 40th birthday present to myself (not up for a couple of years…but still), I might hire a pitching coach and see if I can get my fastball more-or-less back.
  • Any guess what the radar gun will read when I throw the first pitch of my quest? I have no idea, but my guess is the over/under is probably around 70 mph. I’d be elated if it was 75 mph. I’m shooting for 85. At 38, I have to be a realist–so maybe anything with an “8” in front of it will do.
  • Android has a radar gun app that can answer this for me. How sweet is that?
  • ***Warning: rant coming. Skip to the bold text below for the end of the rant.
  • The media’s fixation with sexual orientation has become pathological. Michael Sam’s “coming out” was a far bigger issue to them than apparently anyone on his team (The Missouri Tigers). Yet, it became the dominant sports story for a week over the Winter Olympics–even as they continued to croon, “Why is this a big deal?” Ummm…it is to you.
  • They also saw fit to label Michael Sam’s dad a horrific father for saying he’s a traditionalist in public—after putting a microphone in his face hours after this son sends him a text message to announce he’s gay (a text message?). Give the guy a break. Half of them might have disowned their child if they’d had chosen to go into the military instead of to Dartmouth.
  • When the American sports media becomes a moral compass for parents—hide the kids.
  • And, it’s not like Michael Sam’s father’s opinion is a fringe opinion.
  • ***end of rant.
  • The truth is…most of us need to judge each other less and focus on our own house more.
  • I’m going cross-platform with my tech stuff. I have a Windows PC, and moving back to Windows Phone from Android–but going iPad for tablet. The iPad is where Apple still sets itself apart.
  • After exploring all the music services. ITunes, Beats Music and Xbox Music are better than everyone else for totally different reasons. Google Play and others have some catching up to do.
  • If the young man I mention below had asked me about “ministry” rather than “preaching,” I would have said, “Making tough decisions about your time between competing ‘goods’.”
  • Spring Training is underway, and there is hope in Padre-land for the first time a few years. I think they are still a longshot for a playoff berth. But, it’ll come down to the Giants, Nationals, and Padres for the final wild-cards.
  • The civil war in Ukraine is so sad. Emily and I spent part of summer working with the people of Kiev. They were wonderful people who struggled to hope. I pray this all ends soon with no more bloodshed. I’ll never forget when one Ukrainian told us it was easy to tell we were Americans, “because Americans are always smiling and laughing on the subways.”
  • A young man who wants to preach asked me the most difficult part about preaching. I told him of my love for preaching, but added: it’s maintaining the discipline of proper study and delivery week after week, year after year. It’s good for us preachers. It deepens the well as we live life. When you first start, you’re trying to figure out how to fill 30 minutes. The deeper the well gets and the more study that takes place, it’s a struggle to keep it to 30 minutes.
  • I think Jimmy Fallon’s new show is going to be in trouble within a year.
  • This is for a couple of reasons. He’s a niche comedian, and his ratings were identical to Conan’s for his debut–but Fallon had the Olympics setting him up. A lot of people tune in for the monologue and first bit. Fallon’s monologues aren’t that strong–but his followup bits are hilarious. His audience has changed. He’s got a bigger cross-section of America watching.
  • What made his previous show so amazing was…other people. He would get celebrities on his shows to help him. It had a SNL feel to it. To the celebrities who did those crazy things–I bet it had an “off-Broadway” feel. Now that he’s in the big time–I’m going to bet he’ll have a more difficult time making that stuff work.
  • He also moved the show off the West Coast (The Tonight Show’s previous lead demographic)–leaving it to Jimmy Kimmel and Conan.
  • Having said that–I love the slow-jamming the news and “Thank you notes” sketches. Those are amazing. So is almost any time Fallon and Justin Timberlake are on the stage together.
  • What’s App sold to Facebook for billions. It used to be you had to create a company to become a billionaire. Now, you need to create an app with a small staff. Not bad, What’s App.
  • No matter how long I’m in ministry, I never, never get tired of baptisms. This Sunday is baptism Sunday at New Vintage Church. I look forward to these more than any other Sundays we have. People get baptized on other days, but 4-5 times a year, we give it a special focus–and it’s been wonderful.
  • Witnessing Christ changing a life is always special–it changes the life of the witness as well.
  • If you want to start a new church in California, tell someone and do something about it.
  • I may have to break down and watch the Walking Dead.

What’s on your mind this Friday morning?

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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