Friday Stream of Consciousness – 137

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

  • I LOVE the new, timed, Home Run Derby format. What it’s done is get rid of the taking of pitches…the action keeps moving. You also feel like saying, “Hurry up, time is running out,” throughout the round. It’s hard to get bored when that’s happening.
  • Here is a link to a thought-provoking blog post from Pepperdine Theology professor, Ron Highfield, “Is Christianity Morally Offensive?”
  • I had a debate with a friend recently about which of these bands was the greatest — Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, or Nirvana. I didn’t know there was a debate.
  • Of course it’s Led Zeppelin. I might let the others open for them—but come on, now.
  • And then, there’s the Planned Parenthood scandal.
  • Click here for an editorial on CNN.com by Tim Stanley that gets to the heart of what has even pro-choicers upset about that video. The reason nearly everyone watching it understood—it is just cavalier about something extremely sacred.
  • As a society, it feels a bit like we are losing all our compasses.
  • The logic compass is missing. It’s hard for me to see how we can protect bald eagle eggs but not humans in utero. It’s hard for me to follow Planned Parenthood’s logic that lives might be saved by taking lives and giving their tissue to science. But in the end, my problem with the whole situation isn’t logical—it is foremost, spiritual.
  • If anything good comes out of this whole thing, it’s likely to be that America will need to look itself in the mirror on this issue—beyond platitudes and idealism to what is the really happening in the abortion industry. Perhaps the conversation might lead us to deeper reverence for human life.
  • As for that moral compass: We give awards for courage to transsexuals (for becoming a transsexual) even as they are charged with crimes and wrongful death—rather than a young High School basketball player who died of cancer but spent her last stretch of life raising money to help others. Lauren Hill deserved that award. That’s what courage looks like.
  • Others see that Planned Parenthood video and say, “Hey, it’s all for ‘science’. So what?” If we don’t regard human life—and even its potential (for those who argue human life doesn’t begin until birth)—we have little moral foundation for any claim.
  • We should all pray for the recovery of our collective moral compass. It’s just not nearby right now. It’s probably still in the house somewhere—but I get the sense it won’t be easily found.
  • I don’t understand the freakish grip of Star Wars on some people.
  • I do get the awesomeness of Point Break.
  • The Cubano sandwich is God’s gift to the meat-lover.
  • I’m currently teaching a Christianity and Culture class at Pepperdine University. College students have such bright minds and energy.
  • One of the books we are reading is, A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, a remarkable book on leadership by the late Edwin Friedman. All of the moral chaos in society brought to mind his emphasis on differentiation—and how when leaders focus on fixing or blaming others, focusing on data or technique, or other substitutes, rather than their own presence and being—they usher dysfunction into their context.
  • Perhaps it isn’t society’s moral compass that is missing—it is the church’s. Everyone doesn’t need to believe the same things, but there needs to be an identity to the Church somewhere. That is what I feel has grown weaker. We spend far more time worrying about others—society, millennials, etc., than we do on our own presence and being.
  • Perhaps it is our inability of Christians to differentiate—to take a genuine position, clarify our own values and accept responsibility for our own destiny and well-being instead of over-focusing on what is happening in society and trying to change it—that is the root of our problems.
  • What if what we call “Post-Christian” isn’t because society moved past us—but because we lost ourselves? That makes far greater sense to me than the other options.
  • I know this language may confuse some, but those of you who are Friedmanites out there…you know where I’m going with this.
  • It also might help explain the meteoric growth of Independent Christian Churches vs. the decline of Churches of Christ. One has discovered who they are and want to become. I’ll let you guess which.
  • Just a thought.

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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