stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • There isn’t much on TV I actually watch. I watch sports, news, and comedy. No TV show has really captured my interest. Then again, I haven’t really tried any. Ideas?
  • I can’t wait until the election is over so I can respect some of my friendsĀ again šŸ˜‰ Obviously, I respect them always, but wow, I’ve been surprised at their behavior.
  • In one of those random tweets, I asked if you were cold and hungry, would you rather have the world’s greatest burger, or the world’s best pizza? Pizza won nearly unanimously.
  • The good news for the church about the election is we can still be faithful and God can still move regardless of who is in the White House. God has a long history of working powerfully in spite of some real prizes occupying earthly thrones.
  • I spent Tuesday at an annual event called, Iron Sharpening Iron, where pastors gathered to encourage one another and talk in roundtable format about issues ranging from church growth to social issues. I wish every area had a gathering like that once every couple of months that people would actually attend. It was encouraging and good to hear the insights of others on issues I wouldn’t have thought about much unless I’d been there.
  • Is there a parable more quoted but less preached than the Parable of the Talents?Ā 
  • Listen to this question: “Should the church be about the Gospel or social justice?” How would you answer it? I find myself wanting to rephrase the question away from either/or, and get the asker to clearly define what they mean by “Gospel” and “social justice.” Both are heavily used, and with their use, their meaning has begun to drift substantially.
  • The San Francisco Giants are up 2 games to none in the World Series. Ironically, the Tigers look overmatched. Even though IĀ believe the Tigers are more talented and came in with numerous advantages (the layoff, etc.), it feels like the Giants could sweep.
  • If you didn’t see the announcement of the new interactive leadership experience I’ve authored through Leadership Network’s LEADIA app, check out yesterday’s post. It’s called Breaking Through Imaginative Gridlock, and it’s available today only for 99 cents. Tomorrow, the price returns to $5.99.
  • If you’re looking for a book I guarantee you’ll find interesting, check out Larry Osborne’s latest, Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and other Dangers of Overzealous Faith. I’m working through it right now, and am thoroughly enjoying it.
  • Next week’s blog topics include assorted leadership topics, and preaching on sin.
  • It’s time for a renewal of all tech gadgets. I have a cracked iPad screen, my phone contract is up, and my laptop is quite old. The question is whether I’m going to stay Apple from head to toe. If I give up one of the three, I’m most likely to go Android for phone over iPhone. iPhone is boring and inflexible by comparison. What do I need to know?
  • In the spirt of the World Series, this week’s video demonstrates the precision of Matt Cain’s (San Francisco Giants’ ace) fastball. The Mythbusters crew throws objects in the air and Cain knocks them out for a kids birthday party. Pretty cool.

Have an awesome weekend!