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

  • It’s been another heavy week in America.
  • And now, for a tech-nerd moment:
  • Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5 earlier this week. I’m an Apple guy through and through, until this change. It’s not really about the iPhone 5, but about Apple’s entire ecosystem which is high-control, and has jumped the customer service shark. It’s my casual observation they are falling into the same trap Microsoft/Windows fell into. It’s now becoming about the customer serving/buying Apple–when Apple used to be about providing the customer with products that would improve their life. If you pay close attention to where Apple skims the extra five bucks and locks you into their products only, it will nauseate you.
  • The new power cable racket (changing all power cords out for a new proprietary cable system) associated with their new line of products is but one example. If their power cables were twenty dollars, that would be one thing. They are $79.00. Click here for CNet’s thought-provoking article on the matter.
  • What it took to dethrone Microsoft and wake them up was a worthy adversary. I believe the combination of Microsoft and Android is doing just–if you look carefully at their new product lines. The Samsung Galaxy 3 dethroned the iPhone as the most popular single phone in the world in August. While the iPhone 5 will undoubtedly claim the title back in October–it’s a worthy note. Android is cheaper, growing faster, and has some genuine advantages over the iPhone (price, back button, better Google integration, better customization, screen size, etc.)
  • Enough of that.
  • The Pennant races are in full swing. Right now, it looks like this might be the Rangers’ year. The Nationals look like the team to beat out of the NL–even without Strasburg.
  • I used to not be a small-group guy. Over the last several years, it’s become one of the most important parts of my spiritual journey. It’s also just plain enjoyable.
  • I would really like to see either a USC-Oregon or a USC-Alabama BCS championship game.
  • The 9/11 murders in the Middle East are simply tragic. They are barbaric and yes, sadly, somewhat typical–if you follow the perpetual murder of Christians by Muslim extremists overseas. Amidst such atrocity, it’s vitally important to encourage Christians to reconciliation and peace in response. It’s also important to condemn murder harshly and protect human life by whatever means necessary. What isn’t helping the efforts toward peacemaking are some of the theological arguments out there for why murder should be accepted–or is understandable based on the offensive speech of the film in question.
  • It’s rather absurd, in my opinion, to assert (as some Christian bloggers have) that had Jesus been present, he would’ve simply sat and witnessed the murders because he’s a pacifist. This kind of silly assertion causes just-war advocates to dig in their heels.
  • It’s also hypocritical for those calling themselves (and Jesus) pacifists to say it’s “somewhat understandable” to murder another person over offensive film-making. If it’s unacceptable to reciprocate with killing for murder, it’s certainly far more “unacceptable” to murder over a film.
  • This week, my 7-year-old daughter jammed a popcorn kernel in her ear and spent an evening in the hospital having it removed painfully. I found myself getting upset (mostly about the forthcoming bill) and then I remembered some of the silly things I did when I was a kid. Physician, heal thyself.
  • 9/11 has come and gone. My personal memory of that day was walking into the church office and seeing the staff huddled around a tiny black and white television. I remember preaching that night to a packed house of community members in Houston, Texas. I was 24 and totally inadequate for the task. I also remember the weight of it hitting me a week later after the pressing needs of pastoring the church through it had passed.
  • I love the taste of “mushroom” but don’t like the texture of mushrooms. Why do we have texture issues with food? I know some people who have color issues–they can’t eat food that is white, for instance. Huh.
  • I was thinking about triathlons and wondering if I had to do one–would I swim, bike or run myself to exhaustion. I think I’d pick swimming.

What’s on your mind this Friday morning?