Friday Stream of Consciousness – 112

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Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • Yes, I would love to see George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic in concert at the House of Blues. Who wouldn’t?
  • Yesterday on Facebook and Twitter, I asked people to mention what the worst gift card they ever received was. The answers were awesome. If you’ve got something to add, I’d love to have it.
  • Right now I’ve started reading two books that I’m thoroughly enjoying: Can We Still Believe the Bible, by Craig Blomberg, and The Artisan Soul, by Erwin McManus. I’m about 20% through with each of them, but am really enjoying both.
  • Something I’m mulling over privately…to what extent churches should concern themselves with various culture wars. You can make a great case for both activism and apoliticism. In either case, a church will need to decide how to make space for Christians of various political persuasions to love another and function as the Body of Christ together. That, my friends, would be countercultural.
  • Emily is writing her Masters Thesis on the impact of church planters’ emotional intelligence on church planting. What a fascinating topic. Perhaps I’ll invite her to do some guest blogging here and release some of her findings.
  • Why do we think newer biblical scholarship is necessarily better biblical scholarship? I have no doubt sometimes it is so–especially if better manuscripts, etc. are discovered. However, can we grant that “new” discoveries in the text two-thousand years after the fact might need to be carefully vetted before accepted as fact? It could be that the Early Church, church historians, theologians, and a plethora of able contemporary scholars missed it for two-thousand years and only now have you discovered it.
  • Probably not.
  • Having said that…it doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t explore these things. I’m simply urging caution in acceptance and application.
  • The Padres are playing like the Madres. Fooey.
  • I hope I didn’t offend any Madres by comparing their play to the Padres.
  • Spiritual gift envy is more common than we admit.
  • Some of our conflicts or attribution of impure motives for things are more rooted in envy than anything else. It may be the gift or the influence the gift brings. In any case, shame on us when that happens.
  • If the Holy Spirit distributes and enables our spiritual gifts as He chose (1 Cor. 12), then what right to I have to despise my own gifts or those of another?
  • Having said that, is there anything more beautiful than watching the Body of Christ serving Him in complete unity, as One Body? It’s like the most beautiful symphony you’ve ever heard.
  • I still haven’t seen the Noah movie yet. I’m going to that within the next week.
  • Since Emily has returned from her trip, none of our kids’ teams have lost a game. Maybe the solution for the Padres is to get Emily to attend all their games.
  • Who should replace David Letterman? Jerry Seinfeld. That would be sweet.
  • I’m still mystified by self-professing “Christians” who ask, “What difference does it make who somebody sleeps with?” Really?
  • I’m more convinced than ever that doctrine matters.
  • A lot.
  • One reason to read the whole Bible is to keep us honest as cultural exegetes. More than ever in my lifetime, people love to “Go Marcion,” with Scripture when it suits their theological fancy. If Paul says something I don’t like, I say Jesus rarely talked about it (even if there clear contextual reasons for it). If Jesus says something I don’t like, I look for a more palatable interpretation of it in Paul. If the New Testament says nothing or the “wrong” thing about a subject…I’ll head to the Prophets…but only for the things I want to hear them say.
  • To all of us who would teach others on a blog, in a pulpit, or in our homes, we must remember that Scripture will stand regardless of what I attempt to do with it–and God holds me accountable for how I teach it.
  • As a Christian, my task is not to conform it to my ideology, but to conform my ideology to its teaching. The world needs truth more than it needs nearly anything. Were we to offer it in love…we’d get so much further than we are getting now. What’s missing in our cultural dialogue is real love, not the counterfeit stuff we peddle to guilt people into agreeing with us.
  • Rebranding “love” as universal tolerance is heresy. Biblical love, we are told, “rejoices in the truth.” If it doesn’t rejoice in the truth, it’s not love.
  • My attempt at winning Warren Buffet’s bracket challenge lasted as long as Duke’s first game. I know…impressive.
  • Chopin has always been my favorite classical musician. My favorite classical piece, however, is “Adagio for Strings,” by Samuel Barber. Another more recent piece, “Libera Nos, Salva Nos,” (Sheppard) is my runner up.
  • What’s your favorite classical piece?
  • What’d you think of the Noah movie?
  • And…

What’s on your mind this Friday?

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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