Friday Stream of Consciousness – 36

stream of consciousness

Here are some things I’m thinking about this Friday morning:

  • The blog format I use received an update this week. So, this iteration of the blog is in Beta for the next week or two. It would be a blessing for me to hear your thoughts on formatting as we go.
  • Funny story in San Diego at the downtown fireworks show: they accidentally let off all the fireworks at the same time the whole show lasted only about 20 seconds.
  • I’ve seldom met an eldership who believes they are too high-control, and seldom met a preacher who feels they have enough freedom. I also perceive that most elderships believe their preacher to be semi-competent or relatively incompetent. Preachers tend to view themselves as highly or even omni-competent. There is a correlation between these views of self and others. We control for two primary reasons: our own emotional baggage or fear of what might happen if we didn’t control.
  • The Lakers should be arrested for grand-theft Nash.
  • I looked at the course evaluations for the course I taught at Pepperdine earlier this summer. It was the first class I’d ever taught, so I was actually mildly nervous to read them. I’m used to criticism of my preaching, leadership, writing, etc. However, it’s interesting how opening up a new area of life to criticism makes one feel. I was pleasantly surprised at how gracious the reviews were.
  • I have no problem with competitive eating–as long as we’re sticking with hot dogs. To the guys who slam bowls of mayonnaise–that’s just gnarly.
  • I’ve had a bronchial cold for 2 weeks running now. Intellectual exercise–would you rather have the stomach flu for 4-5 days or bronchitis for 3 weeks? I’ll take the stomach flu.
  • If given a choice of flying one airline the rest of my life, I’ll take Southwest. Nicer people, cheaper tickets without baggage fees, and on-time arrivals.
  • The North American Christian Convention is this coming week in Orlando, Florida. Anyone who can get there should attend. You can follow @gotonacc on Twitter for live updates. I’ve gone every year since 2006, and still hold out hope for full reconciliation between Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ.
  • The biggest difference today between Churches of Christ and Christian Churches today is far different from 1906. The big difference now isn’t music style. It’s ministry style.
  • It’s still hard to beat a good monster home run. Thanks for this 485-footer, Cameron Maybin.

What’s on your mind this Friday?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, 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 numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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