stream of consciousness

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

  • It’s been an incredible week in San Diego County. Fires have rampaged the areas near where nearly all our church members live throughout various parts of the County. CalFire’s base camp is at the park my girls play softball.
  • I’m thankful that, as of yet, no NVC homes or our church building have been damaged. However, I can’t help but have a heavy heart for others. What a devastating week for San Diego.
  • You’d have to be familiar with the area to get the full sense of how dangerous these fires were—and how they charred some of the most beautiful natural spaces around. When the investigations are complete, I have no doubt it’ll be arson. That individual(s) will be much safer in jail.
  • The Padres have made a veiled attempt to score runs this week, a welcome respite to an otherwise difficult week. They remain the worst offense in the league by far. However, they can pitch—and that has kept their record near the .500 mark.
  • The American Idol finale is coming up. Caleb is the man. He’s been a hundred yards ahead of everyone since the show started. It’ll be good to get a rock voice of that caliber out there making records.
  • The difference between being a self-deceived ideologue and a person with a strong opinion is more about how you view yourself and others than the strength or substance of the opinion.
  • Fast-food workers are beginning to strike. That could shut this country down.
  • If you count only places with Drive-thru, give me In ‘N Out and Taco Bell. Keep the rest. Actually, throw in Wienerschnitzel.
  • The NY Times hubbub over the firing of Jill Abrahamson is interesting. The NY Times lost its footing some time ago, which is why they brought her in.
  • I’m loving Randy Harris new book, Life Work: Confessions of an Everyday Disciple. I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s a great introduction to Christian ethics for the average person.
  • Nothing teaches us how to pray like times of utter distress.
  • I wish I remembered more readily to ask Jesus to teach me to pray in times of calm.
  • Peggy Noonan’s Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal, “Bring Back the Girls, Quietly,” is my must read article of the week. Click here to read it. She says, let’s go get the kidnapped Nigerian girls and say nothing about it. The subtitle says it all: America has forgotten how to exercise power without swagger. It’s an interesting perspective and after thinking about it a bit, I couldn’t agree more.
  • The same could be said for churches by the way. I’ve been a church leader through many disasters—9/11, Katrina, etc., and now add fires now to the mix. One of the biggest temptations is to do good things and then sky-write it…either out of feelings of guilt, or to satiate anxious people who demand to know what the church is going to do about things. I’m not suggesting all good needs to be absolutely covert. I’m just suggesting we need to keep our motives pure amidst the anxiety. Non-anxious presence is rare in such times. I’ve seen it role-modeled by firefighters. Fight the fire…worry about the medals later…or, better, not at all.
  • There is talk of a USC-Alabama football game in 2016. That’ll never happen. All SEC teams are chickens with regards to their non-conference schedule. Why play USC when you can play ITT Tech?
  • Then again, with the playoffs kicking in this year, SEC teams will have to start earning a trip to the title game like everyone else–instead of getting that virtually automatic bid.
  • I may be the only one, but I love Lime-Cucumber Gatorade.
  • I’m also hooked on sparkling water. That apple-flavored Dasani. Yum.
  • I’ve changed a few things about the blog today, and will change some more over the weekend. All have been done with you, the reader, in mind.

What’s on your mind this Friday?