Friday Stream of Consciousness – 131

stream of consciousness

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

  • People who don’t know how to lose don’t know how to win.
  • “Other people did the same thing,” is not a defense of one’s actions if it was illegal or immoral for others to do it, as well.
  • This sort of moral escapism reminds me more of my children than adults with real justification for their actions.
  • Then again, “Everyone else was speeding, too.”
  • Will Ferrell’s spring training “playing,” cements his place as one of my favorite people on earth now. Dude is funny…and yet, feels like he’s one of us.
  • A new study says too much affirmation of our kids makes them narcissistic in adulthood. No way J
  • Child-centered families remain the scourge of my generation.
  • I really believe the hierarchy found in the Bible is God first, marriage second, kids third…which doesn’t devalue them…it simply keeps things in perspective.
  • Right now, the minimizing of the Bible’s importance for the sake of doing more good in society is a dangerous trajectory.
  • They aren’t mutually exclusive—and perhaps I would be more enthusiastic about this adjustment of emphasis if we were all way too biblically literate when the shift began.
  • As I type this, I’m eating the best bacon I have ever tasted. The bar is set really high…this bacon reached it. Crispy. Salty. Tasty. Three cheers for bacon.
  • Microwaved bacon tastes 50% or less as good as skillet bacon.
  • These three things make my taste buds happy: 1) a sip of morning coffee, 2) a sip of good wine, 3) nachos.
  • I wonder if half of America’s churches dissolved and joined the other half, pooling resources, it would strengthen or weaken the spiritual landscape in our fair land. I’m not sure. I can see it both ways.
  • One of the most unexpectedly difficult things about starting a new church after spending a long time in established church ministry is: When one is used to needing permission for everything it makes making decisions without explicit permission awkward for a while. Doing it well takes both great restraint, and…great courage.
  • Think about Red at the grocery store when he is out of prison in the Shawshank Redemption. Established church ministry isn’t prison…but it can teach you that you need permission for even the most basic things.
  • Churches that operate that way (that produce Reds) will fail or stagnate with time—and this leadership conundrum has more to do with the decline of churches today than many of the things we scapegoat.
  • Changing a belief or a style of worship is easier than changing polity.
  • I know very few true success stories of churches that “took a year to study” something before making a key change. The reason is, resistance is an emotional, not logical phenomenon. It’s like taking a year to study the nature of the brain with someone having constant panic attacks.
  • Logical argument isn’t useless. It’s extremely helpful—when paired with pastoring of the anxiety created by change.
  • At least this morning, it seems to me these three things are most key in building and maintaining a healthy church staff—1) Love for each other, 2) Liking each other, 3) Trust in one another’s intentions and competency.
  • I haven’t golfed in nearly a year. That needs to be fixed.
  • For whatever reason, I always golf really well my first time back.
  • Baseball season is nearly upon us. I’m picking Washington vs. Anaheim in the World Series at this point. We’ll see. I haven’t watched anyone play yet—I’m predicting off paper at this point. Though, I did pick the Giants to win the World Series in January of last year in the same way.
  • Skiing is one of the funnest things a human can do (after you learn how to do it). But, it’s really expensive and is a huge hassle. Surfing or body boarding is basically free, and provides many of the same pluses.
  • I’m blessed to live in a city where you can do both in the same day.
  • And yet, we are a city that needs Christ so badly.
  • The real Christ, not the Christ we make another casual sport of.

What’s on your mind this 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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