stream of consciousness

Here are some things I’m thinking about this Friday morning:

  • After openly predicting the Patriots by four (a pretty good pick until the last 2 minutes), DJ Iverson had everyone at the Youth Group Super Bowl party text me simultaneously to say, “You lost.” Gotta love Youth Ministers 🙂 I do.
  • Last Sunday we kicked off our series on Revelation at New Vintage Church. It’s a ton of work to preach, but also a ton of fun. What an amazing book!
  • Gordon Fee published a commentary on Revelation at the end of 2010 in a lesser known commentary set called the New Covenant Commentary–which has an international emphasis. I appreciate the different approach, and love Fee’s commentary as an “every person” commentary. It’s not overly technical, but Fee’s mastery of the text is obvious. His 1 Corinthians Commentary remains a staple in my library on all things 1 Corinthians. With regards to Revelation, however, I’ve typically pointed people looking for a readable commentary toward two others–Craig Keener (NIV Application Commentary), and Eugene Boring (Interpretation). They are quite readable with fine scholars still doing some heavy lifting.
  • I can’t wait for baseball season! The Padres were ranked as the finest farm system in MLB. That’s great news. The bad news is, they don’t play on the Padres Major League roster.
  • Watch out for the Angels this year. They brought in a massive haul in free agency and have a nice collection of veteran and young players. Ranger fans–you still have a good team (and the only one that can compete with the Angels in the AL West). However, this Josh Hamilton situation plus the uncertainty around Darvish makes me go with the Angels this year.
  • Has anyone noticed there’s an NBA season going on this year?
  • Customer service these days is absolutely awful in some quarters. Hopefully, customer attrition, protest, etc., will work it’s magic over time–and I’m not usually that way. From government to everyday encounters with cell phone companies, etc.–everyday life in society is beginning to feel a bit like everyone is out to get whatever anyone can from whoever they need to get it from.
  • Take for example this absurd rule just passed here in my great state: up to a $1000 fine for throwing a football or frisbee on the beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day. However, apparently volleyballs and beach-balls are not dangerous. Apparently, also, frisbees and footballs are only dangerous in the summer. I’ve spent my share of time on California beaches over my 36 years on earth, spending 28 of those living within a couple of miles of the beach. I’ve never seen anyone hurt with a football or frisbee. If the city needs more revenue, find another way. That’s ridiculous. Or, keep your rule. But $1000? Come on! Try $50.
  • Despite these little shenanigans, it’s easy to see God’s light shining through society. This week, our church rallied to help a couple of single moms out in some huge ways. A man who has been away from the Lord for some time has returned. A guest at our church has started reading the Bible for the very first time, and a very lonely person has found community. These are far better things to dwell upon.
It’s all good reminder that God is in control and His works are everywhere for those with eyes to see.

What’s on your mind this Friday?

Scripture for the week. Dwell on this one for a while. It’ll change your weekend, I promise.

John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

“Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

(Revelation 1:4-8)

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