Friday Stream of Consciousness – 35

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

  • What a week in America. Heath care law upheld. Eric Holder found in contempt. I’m not going to comment other than to say my trust in politicians isn’t high. These are weighty issues that transcend our politics. Let’s keep talking about them in ways that have integrity and honor Christ both content and spirit.
  • This week’s discovery – geocaching. Me and the girls are having a ton of fun with it. Treasure hunting with a 9-year-old and 7-year-old is great fun. It’s also wonderfully nerdy.
  • There are few exhaustions as complete as that born of ministerial frustration and depression. It’s like swimming with your nose and mouth covered–and someone’s hand on your forehead preventing your progress.
  • Excited to hear Stephen Pressfield has a new book out–a sequel to the War of Art (a brilliant book). I can’t wait to read it.
  • The History Channel’s mini-series Hatfields and McCoys was ridiculously enjoyable.
  • Far more important than brilliant strategy for any church is healthy leadership. All brilliant strategy becomes a fool’s errand in the hands of dysfunctional leadership.
  • If the Avengers were ministers–what would their superpowers be?
  • For the lowly Padres to be bought by the O’Malley family and Phil Mickelson would put a brief end to the immense suffering of the Friar faithful. May it be so.
  • Some believe baseball is too slow for them. Right now, baseball has some of the most exciting young players it’s had in a long time–Trout, Harper, Trumbo, Strasburg… I’d pay to watch any of them.
  • I am so inspired by those who had every reason to quit ministry and have persevered–even if it meant a change in churches.
  • Ann Curry got a raw deal. The Supreme Court decisions this week landed right over her swan song on the Today Show. I always enjoyed watching her.
  • Two questions I ask occasionally that make a huge difference in my life: If God were not a part of my life, how would it be different? If I took what I read in Scripture seriously, what in my life would need to change? Each was asked of me by a trusted mentor and for them I’m so grateful.

What’s on your mind this Friday?

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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