stream of consciousness

stream of consciousnessHere are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • A quote from Jim Collins and Morten Hansen in Great by Choice sticks with me: “The only mistakes we can learn from are the ones we survive.” Some churches and their leaders seem to have “stepping out on faith” confused with gambling. Stepping out on faith requires God’s sourcing and involvement. Gambling is usually ego-based and often puts the church in peril–because it brings on risk without God’s presence and blessing. By all means, step out on faith. Don’t gamble.
  • I’ve been very quietly trying to eat fish for most of this month–just trying to be a bit healthier. Less beef, more chicken and fish. My conclusion: I still don’t like fish very much.
  • As a student, I always awaited the moment went “the light went on” for me. It wasn’t so much a grasp of the information–it was a grasp of the information’s importance. As a professor, my greatest joy is watching “the light go on” in students. Not just getting it. GETTING it.
  • I have no problem with UCLA giving a scholarship to P. Diddy’s son. If he earned it, he earned it.
  • Edwin Friedman nails it: “A society cannot evolve, no matter how much freedom is guaranteed, when the citizenry is more focused on one another than on their own beliefs and values.” Yep.
  • I know I’ve been posting just a hair less this month. With teaching and the Pepperdine Bible Lectures, this month has been really full. I really, really appreciate you reading this blog and engaging in conversation with me about all things ministry. Things should be back to normal next week.
  • The Spurs are going to be the NBA champs. Period.
  • I’m not a huge fan of this new cannibalism trend here in America. Yikes.
  • For a fairly quick read that is packed with leadership gold, read Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute.
  • It’s entirely possible the Padres will not win another game. Ever.

What’s on your mind this Friday?