Friday Stream of Consciousness – 159

Rube Foster, Young Parents, and Burnt Ends

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Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday:

  • I have a book due by November 1. It’s time to get intense about the writing process, so posting may be sparse. But, stay tuned…good things are on the horizon, friends.
  • Last week I was blessed to tour the Negro League Baseball museum in Kansas City. What an amazing experience! If you are a fan of baseball…you need to know the name Rube Foster. Click on his name to go to his Wikipedia article—which doesn’t come close to covering the whole story.
  • I love the OnePlus 5 phone. All the Apple and Samsung-funded haters can step. It is a FANTASTIC phone, unlocked, for almost $300 less than the Galaxy S8…and probably $500 less than the next iPhone.
  • If you’re looking for an obscure summer read that I guarantee you will enjoy, I recommend, The Wisdom of Pelicans, by Donald McCullough. It’s raw, but quite elegant. It is also out of print. So, get it while you can.
  • I saw a young mom trying to have coffee with four young children, all probably five and under, in tow yesterday. She was as patient as the good Lord Himself. It made me thankful for my wife and for all parents of young kids. It’s a phase. It gets better.
  • I once heard Gary Thomas (author of Sacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting) say something like, “don’t even evaluate your marriage when you have young children. You are in a unique season, and you are in it together.” Those words were enormously helpful to young parents like us who were, undoubtedly, comparing our newlywed days to the those days of fits and fragmentation.
  • Those were good words. Just don’t do it. Appreciate those days for what they are and their unique blessings.
  • Anyone else out there tired of the President vs. the media yet?
  • What I’m confident of is it isn’t just beneath the Presidency to “lie” or “hit below the belt.” It’s beneath us all. So, why don’t we all stop?
  • Coincidentally, I get to preach on the tongue this Sunday.
  • It does make one wonder how the current milieu would be different were everyone to watch their words.
  • But, that’s so hard to imagine in this world of the chronically outraged.
  • James 1:19-20 says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
  • Nuff said.
  • This picture is before a baseball game between Coronado and San Diego. The year is believed to be 1873.
  • I could never be as cool as anyone in this picture.
  • Why don’t MLB players still play in dress shirts and slacks–with waxed moustaches, derbys/top hats?
  • The Padres are not as far off as they seem. You heard it here. They will be a .500 team next year and highly competitive in 2019.
  • I can’t believe the Clippers lost Chris Paul. Having said that—I like their other moves.
  • I think they will be ten games better than the Lakers next season.
  • Bravo, Dirk Nowitzki. Class to the core. Get that last contract and finish well, my good man.
  • I tried “burnt ends” in Kansas City (a form of BBQ). Good…but can’t touch Texas BBQ.
  • I get the sense America has 25% more churches than it should have.
  • And 25% fewer vibrant churches than it needs.
  • I’m convinced the best thing a preacher can offer their listeners is a true and awakening encounter with the God revealed in the Bible.
  • Other things I’m convinced of?
  • I’m convinced the best thing I can offer my daughters is a godly man who loves their mother.
  • I’m convinced Jesus is the Way.
  • I’m convinced the aforementioned book won’t write itself.
  • I’m convinced I will need a nap later today.
  • I’m convinced coffee was intended by God to be sipped straight–without cream or sweeteners.
  • And in large portions.
  • I’m convinced we’d all be more peaceful if we did more hiking and surfing.
  • I’m convinced nachos are a part of God’s plan for everyone.

On these things I take my stand.


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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