stream of consciousness

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

  • Happy 40th weekiversary to this humble column. What started out as a place to dump thoughts not worthy of a full post–or even a tweet–has become one of the blogs most popular features. I enjoy writing it…thanks for reading.
  • One obligatory thought, post-mortem, on Chick-fil-A day. Certain Christians in the Twittersphere were saying, essentially, that Christians should love people instead of having an eat chicken day. I suppose I can understand their concern, but I don’t understand the dichotomous thinking. I don’t understand why it’s impossible to love people and eat chicken at the same time–or what about eating chicken together means Christians aren’t loving people. I’d also like to encourage the Christian critics of Chick-fil-A day to consider a similar admonition to the mayors of large cities and others who condemned Christians who support biblical marriage for bigots and homophobes. As far as I know, none of the Christian critics have. Stand for “love and civility” in society or don’t. I think Christians handled themselves quite well overall. We are so unused to Christians rallying the public square anymore it frightens us when it happens–even if it’s just buying a chicken sandwich.

Enough on that.

  • Say what you want, but Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian ever. He may not be the most consequential (see Jesse Owens), but he is the greatest athlete.
  • The Evernote/Nozbe combo is the key to everyday organization and productivity for me. If you haven’t checked them out, you should.
  • An umpire ejected the organist at a minor league baseball game for playing, “Three Blind Mice,” when the umpires missed a call. Now that’s funny.
  • I’ve observed over the years that marriages in which the kids come first tend to struggle. Marriages in which the marriage comes first en route to raising godly kids fair better and raise more mature children over time–generally.
  • When people say something like, “I just have a bad temper,” or “I just need affection,” or “I just need nice things,” it’s an admission of the need for spiritual growth.
  • There is no greater gift in ministry than working alongside people you genuinely love and like.
  • Each summer I try to add some new features to the blog. If you have some ideas, I’d love to hear them.
  • Churches that care little about Youth Ministry usually care little about lost people. I’d love to study this further, but I’ve noticed a correlation between caring about teens and college-age kids and evangelistic passion in churches.
  • When we read the story of Jonah, we usually read it through the Jonah lens. What if we read it through the lens of a Ninevite?
  • As much as I value preparation, creativity, and delivery of the sermon, there is nothing more value than insight and passion supplied by the Holy Spirit. Maintaining a healthy inner life is the most important things you can do to prepare for delivering or listening to the Word preached.

And now for a couple bits of awesome I came across this week:

  • I found this mock portrayal of North Korean Olympic coverage mildly amusing:

NK Olympic coverage

I’m still in awe of this catch!

Thoughts? What’s on your mind this Friday?