Friday Stream of Consciousness – 32

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

  • We took the kids to Disneyland on Tuesday. We left Norah munchkin with grandma and grandpa. Disneyland with kids 9 and 7 was great. It was sooooo much better than 4 and 2. I can remember taking Anna by herself when she was 1 1/2 and thinking we were giving her an experience she would never forget. In reality, we gave ourselves a parent-whooping we wouldn’t forget.
  • Having said that, Disneyland really is a great place. Overrated ride: Splash Mountain. Underrated: Star Tours (and I’m not a Star Wars guy at all).
  • Truth bomb from Gary Thomas in Sacred Marriage: “One of the cruelest and most self-condemning remarks I’ve ever heard is the one that men often use when they leave their wives for another woman: ‘The truth is, I’ve never loved you.’ This is meant to be an attack on the wife–saying in effect, ‘The truth is, I’ve never found you lovable.’ But put in a Christian context, it’s a confession of the man’s utter failure to be a Christian.” -pp. 40-41. Whoah.
  • I have this sickening feeling the Miami Heat are going to win the NBA Finals. If that happens I will choose to focus on the empty tomb, which reminds me that evil will ultimately be defeated. Empty Tomb 1 , Miami Heat 0.
  • It’s time to challenge myself again. This time, I’m thinking about attempting to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro or a large chunk of the 2,663 mile Pacific Crest Trail. There is something about attempting to do something really physically challenging that feels really good (even if one fails). Why?
  • Watching Lady Gaga and Madonna trading barbs reminds me of the time… actually, I’ve never seen anything quite like that.
  • Evernote and Nozbe still rule the productivity world from my perspective.
  • This Sunday is Father’s Day. I hope we don’t all preach our annual anti-porn sermon. We often have nice things to say to moms and critical things to say to fathers on their special days. I can’t help but think if the church had a positive, redemptive vision for how God works through the lives of men–they might see the church as less critic and more…church. To be sure, many men have some major changes to make. However, so do women–but we would never consider giving a, “get it together, women,” Mother’s Day sermon–nor should we.
  • Can you imagine what the world would be like if every dad on earth was as bad as some are? Yikes. And again I say, “yikes.” Let’s thank God for the fathers that honor Him, love their children and cherish their wives.
  • The greatest TV dad of all time is a tie between Cliff Huxtable and Ward Cleaver. Any others you’d add?
  • For greatest biblical hero of the Old Testament, the battle is between Moses and David. I go with Moses in a split decision.

Thoughts?

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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  1. “For greatest biblical hero of the Old Testament, the battle is between Moses and David. I go with Moses in a split decision.”

    I wouldn’t argue with Moses and David, but I might like to have a third added to make ‘the Big Three’ SAMUEL. He is a different choice, but I think he is really important. He is a transitional and transformational character. He brought in the era of Kings. He anointed the first two. He was a prophet, but so much more than a prophet. How he came to role, from even before he was born, is amazing. Finally, to be able to carry out his role AS the ‘annointer’ of kings required tremendous HUMILITY.

    • Dennis, Samuel is one of the most significant and least talked about biblical heroes. Jacob is another…though he lacks Samuel’s virtue to me. Good one.

  2. 1. I appreciate the Father’s Day sermon observation. So true.
    2. Best tv dad…James Anderson of Father Knows Best.
    3. Celebrating the Kings and the Cup. Not going to let a possible Heat victory bother me.

  3. That Gary Thomas quote is a spot on truth that needs to be heard loud and clear. I know several “Christian” men who have used that very lame excuse lie to justify leaving their wives.