Friday Stream of Consciousness – 31

stream of consciousness

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

  • I don’t really care if the Heat beat the Celtics as long as they lose to the Thunder. The last thing the NBA needs is the Heat to win the championship. Plus, it’ll really irritate me, as well.
  • Today is the last day of school for our girls. That means Anna has only 1 more year of elementary school before entering Middle School. That’s so hard for me to believe. I find those who say, “They grow up so fast,” to be prophetic. Indeed they do.
  • I watched the Giants whoop up on the Padres yesterday in person with the New Vintage Church staff. They seem both untalented and ambivalent. I’m talking about the Padres, not the NVC staff.
  • As NVC pushes on through it’s 90 Days Through the Bible challenge, I continue to hear stories of how the journey has impacted people’s spiritual lives. This week was largely spent in Leviticus–ouch. Though, it’s hard to read Leviticus and miss God’s holiness.
  • A lot of churches are surprised to find themselves “suddenly” in troubled waters after many years. They don’t remember how exactly attendance went from 200 to 50, or 1000 to 500 over the last 20 years. In many cases, it wasn’t anything major. However, when things were good, they got comfortable and stopped paying attention. They never split. They simply lost a family here or there for years without a ministry strategy for continued health and growth. If you’ve ever stepped on the scale after six months and not remember how that extra ten pounds got there–you know the feeling.
  • It’s so important that ministers get along with one another–and love each other. Time spent developing yourselves as a cohesive ministry team is always time well spent. It blesses the church in a variety of unseen ways–most noticeable in tough times.
  • I think baseball is getting ready for a revival in our country.
  • I’m working on it, but I still can’t get overly excited about watching hockey on TV, or soccer under nearly any circumstances (World Cup excluded).
  • A lot of new “old western” shows are hitting the air. This is a fantastic trend.
  • A heresy often spoken but seldom challenged concerns the role of the Old Testament in the life of a Christian. We’re told it’s virtually none. If we really believe it is not “binding” (hate that language) on us, how do we explain the words of Jesus, Paul, Peter and John, who each quote from it as authoritative in their writings. If in fact, “All Scripture is God-breathed,” we would do well to clarify a Christian perspective on the Old Testament. Such a perspective would obviously be different than pre-Christ Jews would have read it (how sins are atoned for), but would strive to view the Old Testament as Jesus and His followers did.
  • What would you rather eat? The world’s best pizza or the world’s best burger? Tough one. I think I’d take the burger–but not every day.
  • I have no broad data to back this up, but I’m going to guess no more than 25% of church leaders (elders/ministers) tithe. To me, a starting place for encouraging generosity in a congregation is for it’s leaders to start practicing what they’re asking.
  • Summer is my favorite season of the year–and it’s here!

What’s on your mind this Friday morning?

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

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