Friday Stream of Consciousness – 140

Featuring: Heaven and Hell, the World Series, and Turning 40

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

  • I turned 40 a couple of weeks ago…so there’s that.
  • My wife (Emily) planned an amazing birthday party for me—that blessed me in a major way. She found an amazing spot, brought in some of my favorite food and invited my closest friends and we just hung out together all night (at least, until 1am or so). This dramatically understates the evening and all that took place, but it was my favorite birthday of all I can remember.
  • Then again, at 40, I can’t remember as many birthdays as I used to.
  • My buddy Rick Atchley refers to this chapter of life as the “Third Quarter.” I like that. As in football, I hope to make some adjustments here at during this period of reflection on my life ministry (half-time) that will help me “compete in such a way as to win the prize,” to use Paul’s words.
  • So, I’m going back to Princeton for the first time in years for a time of strategic and sermon planning. Princeton is a special place to me.
  • I’m heading back to the gym and working on getting back in shape. It doesn’t happen as quickly as it used to—but all things are possible with God, I’m finding.
  • My original World Series pick was Mets in seven games, so I must stay with it though I might like to switch it to Kansas City in seven.
  • The Mets undoubtedly take game 3 tonight. Syndergaard seems like their best all-around pitcher to me, mostly because he has better control than DeGrom or Harvey (post-Tommy John). The Royals will make you pay for all baserunners. He also throws harder.
  • I watched some of the GOP debate the other night, as well. It seemed to me Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz did really well. John Kasich seems like he’s mad all the time. Trump barely spoke in the parts I watched. Rand Paul and Ben Carson seem like the mellow guys up there. I always enjoy Chris Christie’s bluntness. I find it refreshing most of the time.
  • The moderators came off as biased and combative.
  • I’m not sure debate is an incredibly profitable way to exchange ideas. Really, can you articulate an answer some of these questions in 30 seconds well on the fly? It’s designed to produce sound bites, gotchas, etc.
  • My plan to begin introducing podcasts to this blog is alive and well. It’s taken longer than I expected because I decided to acquire a higher quality microphone and am outlining where I want to go with it. But, you can expect the first one to drop in November.
  • New band I’m digging right now that is lesser known—Amber Run. Lyrics have substance, and they have music for a variety of moods. 5am and I Found are great songs for study. Noah, Just my Soul Responding, and Pilot are great for more energy…working out, driving, etc.
  • We began a new series called, Heaven and Hell last Sunday at New Vintage Church. We don’t talk about the afterlife much these days—and when we do, some preach a gospel of humanism rather than biblical theology.
  • Perhaps that’s harsh, but I don’t think so. N.T. Wright brought much to the table, but his disciples have run amuck. Even if Christians have never heard of N.T. Wright, Rob Bell, Brian McLaren or others (I’m aware those 3 don’t teach the same things) who have attempted to get Christians to rethink the concepts of Heaven and Hell…there is still the need to talk about it. Eternity is a lot longer than now. It deserves our attention.
  • The two biggest “Christian” heresies currently floating out there with regards to heaven and hell are what I would call, “neo-utopianism,” and “neo-universalism.”
  • Sorry, I was dealing with a family emergency—we had run out of coffee.
  • Caribou’s Mahogany and Diedrich’s Wiener Mélange are the best tasting coffee’s out there. If you have a favorite brew, leave it in the comments.
  • My favorite coffee shop in America is, The Library, in Long Beach, California. If I could live there, I probably would.
  • I would only leave to go over a few blocks to Roscoe’s Chicken and Biscuits for…chicken and biscuits.
  • Then again, I’m 40 now. My chicken and biscuits days are numbered.
  • In fact, my days on this earth are numbered. And, so are yours.
  • “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” – 1 Cor. 15:19
  • But we have a lot more hope than that.

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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