Friday Stream of Consciousness – 45

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

  • Now that the political conventions are over, so is the partisanship… Hah! It was even funny typing that.
  • Religion is being tokenized more in this election cycle than any in my lifetime.
  • I also can’t remember a time when so many bloggers, scholars, preachers, etc. have played the, ” I’m just voting the way Jesus would, ” card. It’s one thing to believe that (perhaps, OK). It’s another to use it sanctimoniously to shut down debates you’re afraid you’re losing.
  • Whenever we say we speak for Jesus, we need to be certain we’re right. Putting words in God’s mouth is no small matter.
  • With all this Jesus claiming going on, someone’s got to be wrong. In fact, we’re probably all incorrect at one level. Perhaps it would be best to say, ” This is how I believe the values of Jesus might express themselves in policy. ” That’s better than, ” Jesus is for ___________ (my chosen public policy). Why? Because Jesus so seldom commented on 21st century American government policy. The one time he seemed to be asked about anything resembling it (paying taxes to Caesar) he hardly offered a manifesto.
  • Applying Scripture to policy may be OK when done with humility and civility. Equating Scripture and policy equals blasphemy.
  • If Apple goes $100.00 higher in price with an iPad or iPhone, they will begin to jump the shark.
  • I unfollowed someone who is actually a friend for the first time on Twitter this week.
  • Spell-check really needs to add “unfollowed” to it’s dictionary.
  • Google+ still confounds me.
  • That awkward moment when Mitt Romney accepts Nicki Minaj’s endorsement on camera–and acts thrilled–while wondering, “Who’s Nicki Minaj?”
  • Two of my favorite young gun preachers are Stephen Furtick and Matt Chandler.
  • Two of my favorite old gun preachers are John Ortberg, Bill Hybels, and Erwin McManus.
  • There was a lively exchange between Christians on or from the West Coast and those in or from the South regarding SEC’s alleged dominance of college football. It’s obvious who was right 😉
  • It’s so easy to prove SEC mediocrity and BCS bias it’s pathetic. Just consider last year’s interconference BCS championship game. Or, you can look here for further reference.
  • Watching oneself preach on video remains one of the most humbling experiences one can have. Actually, humiliating might be a more appropriate term.
  • I hardly watch any TV anymore. Now, I need to work on cutting down my time online.
  • The kids’ school does an event called, “Breakfast with dad,” when kids go early to school and eat breakfast with their dad. I think that’s great–especially because so many of the things schools do are during the day and many fathers cannot attend. It’s this morning, so I know it’s going to be a good day.

What’s on your mind this Friday morning?

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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