stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday:

-I’d rather have a long meal at a good restaurant with Emily (my wife) than nearly anything else.
-To me, the best blogs are well written, have great content, and a clear sense of why people read it. I’ve been blogging for several years now, and I know how easy it is to get pulled off track.
-Having said that, it’s also a blogger’s prerogative to mix it up a bit–if for no other reason than to stir their own creativity. Long term, it’s probably a win for the readers.
-Do you think people can develop truly close relationships with people exclusively online–meaning, they’ve never met? I think so…with some hesitation.
-The new Junot Diaz book is out. I love his writing, despite the fact it’s content can get rather harsh at times. He knows how to tell difficult stories.
-If our opinion of the media continues to decline, where will we get news? To me, epistemology (how we know what we know) is going to be a fascinating field in the years to come.
-iPhone 5 comes out this week. I’ll check it out–but I’m considering a shift to Android.
-I’m playing with Google Play Books. It seems both it and iBooks have a ways to go to catch up with all of Kindle’s features.
-Why is it some people never go more than an hour away from home for vacations?
-I’ve never met a dog owner willing to say their dog bites.
-French toast with bacon, orange juice, and excellent coffee is the world’s best breakfast.
-Other than San Diego, my favorite cities are Los Angeles, New York, and London. They all have great food, good scenery, interesting history, and huge arts scenes. Oh yeah–and lots of sports 🙂
-There isn’t a sin taken less seriously in churches than sins involving what James says about the tongue. Guess what? Runaway tongues are the leading cause of all sorts of church problems. I wonder how our churches would be different if we took the sanctification of our mouths seriously.
-Show me a church where people’s speech is seasoned with encouragement, and it’s probably growing. Show me a church full of contention–it’s heading for problems.
-I’m glad to see credible textual scholars coming forth to discredit the recent discovery of the fragment claiming Jesus had a wife. My question is why the Harvard scholar who discovered it couldn’t have done that herself and saved us all the hassle.

What’s on your mind this Friday?