stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • The NFL officials are back! Now we can yell at a different set of people dressed in black and white stripes.
  • Revisionist history is a beautiful thing when you are it’s beneficiary. Missing the regular NFL officials because of how bad the replacement officials are is like missing Detroit when you’re in Hoboken.
  • I can’t wait until the election is over so I can stop hiding half of my friends from my Facebook timeline.
  • I have to admit that both Pinterest and Google+ still somewhat confuse me.
  • You may not want him for President, but Mitt Romney’s tax return is impressive to me, in a good way.
  • My takeaway from the Emmys is the absence of quality television these days. Where have you gone, Mr. Cosby?
  • One of the most interesting discussions going on in the Christian blogosphere, thanks to Tony Jones, is whether or not Christians should home-school their kids–because it isn’t missional. Isn’t that a change from, “Should any God-fearing Christian” allow their child to go to public school? My kids go to public school, but I respect Christians who make a different choice. The boom in hybrid charter schools (some home and some on-site school) in Southern California tells me lots of people are thinking about this and can see the pluses of both. Tony Jones is a good thinker who overstates his case greatly on this one in my opinion.
  • Following his logic, all Christians should marry non-Christians, etc. The “societal contract” he claims Christians are obligated to doesn’t exist for citizens of another Kingdom. If Christians live “missionally,” it should be because their baptismal covenant leads them to, not the “societal contract.” This may be what he means when he refers to as the “Jesus ethic,” but it seems public school attendance mandates don’t appear in the New Testament–and Jesus probably learned his trade as a carpenter from his own father. Nothing resembling our public school system existed in the New Testament–and if it had, it would be a stretch, it seems to me, to say Jesus would have endorsed something resembling our public school system–and encouraged the flourishing of a pagan empire. Having said that, our kids are in public school, and are doing well there.
  • Jones’ best point is that homeschooled children may experience the cocoon effect in their learning to the point they fail to “learn how to learn.” I get what he’s saying. However, I think one could make that case better in Dewey’s (whom he cites) time than in ours. The educational process in our country has veered away from epistemology and toward a certain politic–which provides an equal if not more severe intellectual quagmire for families trapped in bad public schools.
  • (Note: I’m not at all speaking of Tony Jones here) People with great public schools nearby rarely home-school. It’s easy to criticize home-schoolers if you still live in a fairly Christian culture (i.e., the Bible Belt) and/or the schools offer quality education in a safe environment. Public education is deeply broken and I don’t begrudge anyone making a choice they feel is right for raising kids in the Lord. Having said that, I also don’t think the answer is to pull all light out of darkness or fail to teach our kids how to live as lights in darkness by hosting glow-stick conventions in our homes in churches all the time.
  • Emily and I saw Trouble with the Curve recently. It was a good Friday night movie. Not classic at all. Just a good old movie.
  • New Vintage Church has some huge things on the horizon. Stay tuned.

What’s on your mind this Friday?