Friday Stream of Consciousness – 20

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stream of consciousnessHere are some things I’m thinking about this Friday:

  • Google+ seems headed toward a boomerang effect after it’s meteoric rise. My own take: it doesn’t integrate well with where people spend most of their social time– Twitter and Facebook. They would have been better off taking the customer-based approach of building G+ as a platform for sharing on Facebook and Twitter…then made their move later. They chose to go stingy.
  • I made a vow when I accepted God’s call to the pulpit that I would never preach ill-prepared. I told myself I would get someone to take my place that Sunday rather than “wing it.” I’m proud of keeping that promise thus far. I’ve pulled the emergency chord twice in 12 years of preaching–for the birth of 2 of my three kids. I’m really glad I did. There have been some weeks where I would have loved to have had a couple more hours to prepare…but I’ve never felt as though the sermon was served raw with altogether inadequate cooking. I hope I can retire with that promise intact if at all possible. Please note: Adequate preparation does not insure an effective sermon, however 🙂 It only ensures you’ve honored God by honoring His Word in that way.
  • The NCAA Tournament is underway. I’m in three bracket contests. I picked the same Final Four in all 3: Duke, Michigan State, Syracuse, North Carolina. In the end: Coach K. cuts down another net to add to his venerable collection. Duke wins…in Carolina’s face.
  • Listened to a free preaching seminar hosted by a new preaching coaching/resource service: Preaching Rocket. Perry Noble, Jud Wilhite, Andy Stanley, and Jeff Foxworthy talked about various aspects of preaching and communication. It was really good. Check out the one dollar trial of .
  • Is nothing sacred? How could the Lakers trade Derek Fisher? What’s next? Will the Colts let Peyton Manning go? 🙂
  • I agree with Scot McKnight who tweeted some time ago his surprise that N.T. Wright’s new translation of the New Testament has gotten so little coverage out there. Usually, what Wright has for breakfast goes viral. I’ve found it a refreshing read devotionally…though I’m not likely to use it for preaching–as no one else has it.
  • On the blog front, I’m honored by the syndication of selected posts by and (for whom I am becoming a featured blogger–providing some unique content). It’s a blessing to partner with them. Both are blogs/sites I follow and would encourage you to do the same. is somewhat like a Drudge Report or Huffington Post for ministry. Church Executive Magazine targets executive ministers and Senior Pastors of churches 1000+ in attendance, but is a great read for anyone interested in that important facet of church life.
  • When I was an undergraduate student, I overheard one of my classmates say to the assistant in the Religion Division at Pepperdine, “I haven’t really studied that much. But, I prayed God would help me get a good grade on the Final. Do you think I’ll do OK on Dr. So-and-so’s Final?” The assistant (a devout Christian woman), said, “My experience over the years has been that God helps those who prepare well.” True, I’ve experienced God’s miraculous provision in the pulpit to various extents–but those words stuck with me. The Holy Spirit is many things–our escape from slothful preparation isn’t one of them.
  • Favorite video of the week: We have a new world record for the paper airplane toss/flight. This will never be broken! Joe Ayoob throws a John Collins design, officially breaking the world record by 19 feet, 6 inches. The new world record, once verified by Guinness, will be 226 feet, 10 inches. One cannot help but be inspired by this…at least those of us who have ever shaped and given air to a paper airplane 😉 Aim high.


What’s on your mind this Friday?
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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, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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5 thoughts on “Friday Stream of Consciousness – 20

  1. I didn’t get to listen to the Preaching Rocket webinar the other day but it does look interesting. Having said that, on the website there was a line that read “stop downloading sermons and start preaching better ones.” I’m not sure if it is implying that preachers should stop preaching other preachers sermons but if it is…that would not be my problem. Whatever the quality of my sermons may be, I have never copied another preachers sermon. I write all my own sermons and if I share a story or something else that I heard/read elsewhere, I alway give credit. I know a few preachers who have preached someone else’s sermon as their own which is plagiarism but whoever said preaching and ethics were meant to be together (#sarcasm).

    • Rex, my hope is they were simply offering an appeal the downloaders out there. I think unless preachers are quite ethically committed to solid preparation the temptation will always be there. Some of that temptation may come from the sense they aren’t very “good” at preaching…and thus Preaching Rocket may offer some tools to change that.