Friday Stream of Consciousness – 163

stream of consciousness

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

Warning…I’m a tad saltier today than usual, and this is written as a stream of consciousness, so please provide some grace if things come across with less nuance than perhaps they would if I were properly editing 😊

  • Salty may not be the right term. Just fed up a bit. But first…
  • How about your San Diego Padres, ladies and gentlemen! This late in the season (May’s end), they are over .500 and still a reasonable Wildcard possibility. Prayer works.
  • I am about to have a Junior and Freshmen in High School………………………..and a 4th grader. Straggler. 😊
  • I am completely fed up with political operative, parties, pundits, whoever, that try to pit people against each other for their own gain. As one example: Men and women overwhelmingly love each other and seek one another’s good. Stop trying to make it seem as though men are fundamentally an enemy to women in nearly every way, or that women are all angry, maniacal male-haters who care only about themselves and their own rights. Neither is close to true as a generalization. Ditto race relations, political party affiliation, religion, etc. To the guilty among the media and social media trolls I ask, humbly and subtly, “Knock it the HECK OFF!”
  • I completely reject that way of thinking.
  • We are all one in Christ Jesus and called to love one another. Messages that preach otherwise, regardless of motive, are from the evil one.
  • It’s our decision whether we hate people, or a kind of people. Refuse.
  • Billionaire Robert Smith’s amazing gesture in paying off the student loan debt of the entire Morehouse outgoing class is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen a rich person do. Who’s next?
  • How about this as a way to keep college costs down? What if every alumni base in the country decided to pay off the outgoing class’s student debt before giving to the university? Think of the tensions that creates and how it could mitigate the overall price of college.
  • Intriguing.
  • The Grand Project continues to progress. Here’s a picture from about 10 days ago showing the scaffolding and some work going on inside the Ritz. I can’t wait to welcome the church and our community in.
  • I started to try to watch Game of Thrones and stopped after the first episode. It’s not for me.
  • We throw around statistics selectively that have little real worth other than making us sound like we know what we are talking about. We usually don’t, because few of us actually do research professionally. We read the reports of others. And…
  • Usually, it’s just the headline and a few of the top lines or bullet points. As a result, we miss the methodology, significance, and what is being left out. Of course this only matters if truthfulness and truth itself are preeminent goals rather than narrative promotion.
  • Household income statistics are one example (there are limitless examples). One world-famous economist points out, almost casually, “When we hear about how much more income the top 20% of households make, compared to the bottom 20% of households, one key fact is usually left out. There are millions more people in the top 20% of households than in the bottom 20% of households. The number of households is the same but the number of people in those households is very different. In 2002, there were 40 million people in the bottom 20% of households and 69 million people in the top 20%. A little over half of the households in the bottom 20% have nobody working. You don’t usually get a lot of income for doing nothing. In 2010, there were more people working full-time in the top 5% of households than in the bottom 20%.
  • It doesn’t matter what the field of knowledge, which side of the aisle, or what point we wish to make….we eventually go to statistics, call them data to make them sound unimpeachable, and then share them, knowing most will never spend the time (including us) to dig into them.
  • Hyperbolizing for sure, Mark Twain famously said that there were three kinds of lies — “lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
  • Data shows I’m 50% done.
  • This has me thinking about how we use the Bible, and how important it is we don’t cherry-pick, decontextualize, etc. Preachers need to provide the church and honest, healthy, balanced diet of the Bible. That’s easier said than done, but it must be done.
  • Erik Larson’s the Devil in the White City is being made into a Hulu series by Martin Scorcesi featuring Leonardo deCaprio. This is most I’ve been geeked up for a series since Cobra Kai came out last year.
  • Speaking of which, I haven’t seen season 2 yet.
  • Nothing means less than the word of a person who only keeps their word when there is no pressure on them.
  • OnePlus makes the best phones in the world for the dollar. It’s not even close.
  • I love Kawhi Leonard. Soft spoken. He just carves fools up and goes home.
  • Why can I sign up for your service online instantly, but to cancel takes me 45 minutes by phone after saying, “no” to five weak offers?
  • Why can I sign up for your email list instantly (or not at all), but when I unsubscribe, you tell me it takes 5-7 business days?
  • I’ve only experienced a summer in 5 places: Southern California, Northern California, Texas, and Bangkok, Thailand. In terms of weather–Bangkok was the worst (there are no words)…and Southern California the best.
  • Summer is my favorite season, because I like warm weather, sunshine, and the ability to do things in the water.
  • Last Sunday, I was blessed to help baptize in the ocean (my favorite water activity).
  • I also like reading in the summer–which I may do more of in the summer than the rest of the year combined.
  • My summer reading list is almost complete. Look for the post on Monday. Gilead by Marylinne Robinson kicks things off. David McCullough’s new book on the Pioneers is also in.
  • Song of the week is “Don’t Owe You a Thang,” by the great Gary Clark, Jr. This is how you play the electric guitar, friends.
  • Have a great weekend and stay civil, San Diego.

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: ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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