stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • I have to say, Tim Tebow can take a hit.
  • Ah, come on, David Petraeus! I pray he and his wife can be restored, and receive it as a reminder that even powerful and principled people must guard their hearts always.
  • Let’s encourage everyone who is still sending out political tweets minute-to-minute to unplug from social media for a two-week period just for the purposes of detox… for them and us.
  • On Sunday, New Vintage Church will take up pledges for the Trellis Project–which is an ambitious capital and mission-oriented effort to help our church get to the next level, begin to multiply churches in California and around the world, and help people in need. As we get to the end of this year, let me encourage those of you who enjoy reading the blog or are in churches who might be interested in linking arms with a new church in Southern California to consider giving to this effort. You can find out more information about the Trellis Project by clicking here. It will also offer you the opportunity to give one-time. If you’d be interested in helping on a recurring basis, click here.
  • As part of the Trellis Project, I visited New Vintage Church’s Growth Groups to answer questions, receive feedback and just enjoy the company of God’s people. I’m thinking I’d like to do it more often, on an ongoing basis.
  • They aren’t designed to be town hall meetings, but rather occasions where Christians can talk to each other about what God’s doing in the church and ask sincere questions graciously.
  • Which leads me to the reason more ministers don’t do it regularly–groups are often hostile environments for such conversations. I wonder if they weren’t, if ministers would do it, or if they would consider it a poor use of time. I don’t know how they could consider it so. However, it is a true waste of time to spend time with people that tears one another down rather than builds up.
  • I too think the Lakers should have hired Phil Jackson. However, Mike D’Antoni is a better coach than people are giving him credit for.
  • Is there anything better than watching God work mightily in someone’s life?
  • In a week or so, I’m heading to my annual sermon-planning time. It’s always a time to refill the tank spiritually, emotionally and intellectually.
  • In addition, I’m going to use the time to make sure I’ve got a trusted system for managing time and tasks now that our church paradigm as shifted as we’ve grown.
  • One of the biggest drags on a pastor’s ministry is that created by self-induced chaos. Putting off things until the last-minute, forgetting this or that, or avoiding making hard decisions just makes ministry more difficult. Having a trusted system for capturing and organizing ideas, as well as managing oneself is VITAL to effective ministry.
  • So far, I love Windows 8…on a touch screen. Don’t judge me, Apple people. I was one of you once.

What’s on your mind this Friday morning?