Friday Stream of Consciousness – 134

Featuring the Chargers, Marco Rubio, and Paperbacks

stream of consciousness

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

  • The San Diego Chargers are heading to Los Angeles…at least it certainly appears that way. That will leave me with a football quandary. Do I return to the Denver Broncos (the wife of my youth—who I divorced when they fired Mike Shanahan), or do I stick with the Chargers, given they will be playing about 15 miles from my parents’ house–the home I grew up in.
  • I know that even if the Raiders move back to L.A., I still hate them.
  • I love football. But, I must confess I’m becoming disillusioned with the NFL for all it’s slime. College may not be a whole lot better—but it’s better.
  • Even if I had a kid playing for the Raiders—I’d still hate them.
  • The Raiders, that is…not my kid.
  • I had an interesting exchange with a fellow minister this week in which we were discussing justice/injustice. I suggested justice, when referring to social justice, was often tricky because sometimes justice can be in the eye of the beholder. He disagreed with me–asserting that justice isn’t just/unjust based on whether someone thinks it is just/unjust.
  • I agree we can’t do so entirely. But, then, where does one get their allegedly objective measure for what is/isn’t unjust? There isn’t one…at least beyond the “plain-as-day” cases…and then we’re back to the human moral compass as judge–and a lack of objectivity in determining justice.
  • We should use Scripture where it actually applies, but given it speaks more in principles than specifics on such matters–we are still left to interpret what is just. So, we should hold our judgments with humility as we pursue justice. What say you?
  • Speaking of interpretation of Scripture on such matters–isn’t it amazing how Jesus seems to say exactly what we want Him to say when we need Him to say it. #heresy #politicsdressedastheology #knockitoff
  • Speaking of politics, the two years of campaigning for a four-year term for President is already upon us. Who do you think will be on the final ticket for each party? My early presidential finalists: Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton.
  • I’ve decided to start reading actual paper books again—at least to try it. I’ve discovered that I still don’t like hardback books. I really do enjoy paperback books. That’s weird.
  • Our church is completing its first Natural Church Development survey this week. I’m eager to see the results. I’m also eager to see how closely (or not), my perceptions of what the church might say match up with what they actually say.
  • D.J. Iverson, New Vintage Church’s Youth and Family Minister, is getting married next weekend. I’m thrilled for him and the bride-to-be, Stacy.
  • I never get tired of seeing people get married or baptized.
  • I never get tired of wearing sweats around the house on a rainy day.
  • I also never get tired of powdered donuts or nachos.
  • Or coffee.
  • David Letterman is off the air. This is a good thing for him. Stephen Colbert may be the funniest man alive–so I can’t wait to see how his show turns out. He’ll have his work cut out for him to dethrone the 11:30pm slumber party Jimmy Fallon throws every night (a compliment), or the laid back, SoCal stylings of one Jimmy Kimmel. But, Colbert is the funniest of the three, in my opinion. It should be interesting.
  • I’m really enjoying the new FOX thriller, Wayward Pines. Matt Dillon has hardly aged since The Outsiders. Dude is 51. I’ll have what he’s having.
  • Our family watched Top Gun the other night. It still rules. Tom Cruise is 53. He’ll be 54 in a month. Also in The Outsiders. I think whatever they put in those cigarettes had youth serum in it.
  • If you doubt my theory, consider that Ralph Macchio (the Karate Kid) is also 53. He could star in Karate Kid 4 tomorrow and no one would blink.

What’s on your mind this morning?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, 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 ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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