stream of consciousness

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

  • On Twitter and Facebook, I asked, “Why are so many people afraid of clowns?” The response was striking. Lots of people are. I get snakes, spiders, heights and public speaking. I don’t get clowns. Weird.
  • Speaking of clowns, Chad Johnson was rightfully released by the Dolphins. I’ve been trying to think of a case in sports where someone who is always in trouble suddenly pulls it together going forward. The Gospel teaches me it’s possible. Sadly, experience teaches me it’s also rare.
  • Any system without some accountability for ALL layers of leadership will have major break downs at some point.
  • The word “hate” is suffering the same cheapening “love” has over the years.
  • A world without language for real “hate” or real “love” will need the church as living grammar for the latter even more. I hope we, of all people, don’t cheapen real love or exhibit true hate.
  • It’s important to find ways to get the church to engage in the preaching between the Sundays. It’s a field of preaching that needs some exploration.
  • College football season is nearly upon us. I have Alabama and God’s team–the USC Trojans, in the championship. Who do you have? Fight on!
  • Having seen the new Bourne movie, Jeremy Renner did an admirable job. But, Matt Damon is still the dude.
  • I believe the next theological controversy in evangelicalism will be on heaven and hell. Unfortunately, I believe Rob Bell was more of a harbinger than last word provider. More and more preachers I know (especially under age 35) struggle to say there is a hell where souls will go for eternity and that heaven is much more than a social-utopian earth of sorts. Every Christian I know wants to see God’s Kingdom break out on earth. Unfortunately, much of what is called “Kingdom” today doesn’t mention or recognize the King’s Kingship much.
  • School is starting up Monday for the girls. I now have a 4th grader, a 3rd grader, and a pre-schooler. It’s sobering to think in less than ten years, my eldest daughter will be heading to college…and her sister a year later. They do grow up fast–and the speed accelerates as they grow older.

What’s on your mind this Friday morning?