stream of consciousness

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

  • I spent some time earlier this week at a reunion for Leadership Network’s Next Generation Pastor’s groups. If you aren’t familiar with Leadership Network, repent! Their continued commitment to church innovation and the continued growth of pastors has impacted my ministry as much as any organization.
  • It was good to meet some new people and to be mentored by the likes of Larry Osborne, Steve Stroope, and John Jenkins. It was also great to hear what God is doing to transform communities through the ministries of others. Gatherings like that fill me up in ways other things can’t.
  • This weekend I’m officiating a funeral for a friend from High-School that committed suicide. Oh how I wish every person was born with a permanent sense of how precious their life was in the sight of God and others!
  • Easter is coming up. At New Vintage Church, we’re having to move to two services for the first time. For a new church, that’s really exciting. On April 15, 2 days before the actual date, we’ll celebrate our 1-year anniversary. 🙂
  • The Tayvon Martin case is sad regardless of what the evidence turns out to be. A young man lost his life, and racism still remains–across the spectrum. So, it’s a good time to have some delicate conversations–in a Christ-honoring way.
  • Nothing in ministry warms my heart like watching the lights of faith turn on in a nonbeliever.
  • The subtle new heresy in the church these days is Christianity = social activism. Biblical Christianity is about following Christ himself. The new Christian activism is almost a panentheism where Jesus and the community are all-in-one, or equals. Bearing Matthew 25 in mind, they aren’t the same. Jesus, not the community, is Lord. Therefore, we seek to transform our communities. Big difference.
  • Congratulations to Dodger fans. This change of ownership seems like it’s going to be an awesome thing.
  • IPad 3 is really fantastic.

What’s on your mind this Friday?