stream of consciousness

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

  • Emily and 11 others from New Vintage Church began running the Ragnar Relay this morning. It’s a 200-mile relay race from Huntington Beach, through Orange and San Diego counties to the end of Coronado Island. No thanks. I love hiking, lifting weights, playing sports and virtually every other physical exercise. However, I burned out on running as a pitcher. I have great admiration for those who do it and find joy in it.
  • I got to be part of a small gathering of young ministers the day before Catalyst West Coast. It was such a blessing. Mel McGowan from Visioneering Studios spent time talking about the changing role of church facilities and facility design over next fifty years, I got to hear some on missionality from Rick McKinley (Imago Dei-Portland) who I’d never heard before. I also got to meet some great partners in ministry, and also spend a little more time with Rick Warren. He is the king of one-line ministry gems. Here are a few from Tuesday (note these are out of context, but I picked some I thought could be understood without):

“Some of our churches today are producing followers with big mouths, tiny hands, tiny ears, and big butts.”
“Ego talks. Love listens.”
“Energy management is much more important than time management.”
“You can fake love for 2 years, but not 32.”

  • This Sunday I get to preach on Acts 2. I find it like the Prodigal Son or John 3:16–oddly difficult given my and the church’s familiarity with the text. Having said that, it’s hard not to get excited when Peter preaches that amazing sermon on on Pentecost.
  • As the debate on what the mission of the church is continues to go on (justice vs. disciple-making vs. fill-in-the-blank), what strikes me right now is how much the Church struggles to think holistically. Integrating faith and works is something Jesus taught about, Paul preached on, James wrote at great length about. We’re still at it.
  • Over the horizon, I sense the next debate the church will have is over the nature of heaven. The debate is already simmering. But, I think in the next five years it’ll turn into a serious debate. This is in part the result of people overdosing on and misconstruing N.T. Wright–who’s writings I love.
  • If God’s love for humankind is unconditional and limitless, why is humanity’s love for God so conditional? My guess: sin.
  • Many human beings have an innate trust in their own moral judgments and a provisional trust in God’s. Our egos can be a great stumbling block in interpreting the world around us constructively.
  • The smell in the air wherever you are this morning may be coming from Petco Park in San Diego–home of the Padres. It’s their play thus far.

What’s on your mind this Friday?