stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • This has been an amazing week at NVC in a variety of ways. The coolest thing this week was having two babies born on the same day at the same hospital. It makes visitation both fun and easy 🙂
  • I’m at home with the kiddos by myself for 9 days while Emily completes a graduate school course at Pepperdine. As challenging as it is, I get to spend some quality time with my girls–that’s always a good thing.
  • Why do churches bring in consultants only to spend the time and money–then ignore the suggestions?
  • Why do the churches that implement at least some suggestions pick the safest and least important, rather than tackling the more significant sources of their problems?
  • Answers: It’s too much pain or too much work. Runner up: Too much pride to admit it’s necessary.
  • I was thrilled to learn one of my former professors, Ron Highfield, has a new book out: God, Freedom, and Human Dignity: Embracing a God-Centered Identity in a Me-Centered Culture. I’m only in chapter two, but I’m thoroughly intrigued by where I sense he’s going with the book. I’ll review it here soon. You should pick up a copy if you get the chance.
  • I finally saw the movie, Argo. It was brilliant in nearly every way–but I had two questions: where was any reference the failed military operation, Reagan or the role that incident played in Carter’s undoing as President? I know it’s just a movie…but still.
  • I’m really enjoying coaching Anna’s 10-and-under girls softball team. Our team name is “Moneyball.” Our first game is this weekend. Wish us well.
  • The gun violence situation over the past several weeks in SoCal reminds me of the popularity of car chases out here back in the 90s–with a sadistic end. I run from the cops, take out as many as I can, then do myself in–making sure it all makes TV. God help us if this becomes en vogue.
  • I was in a group this past week where the question on the table was, “What’s the single most important trait you can look for in a staff member other than character?” What would your answer be?
  • I’m not digging the new theological trajectory of viewing traditional views of the atonement as outdated and harmful because it makes God a meany who abuses power and is unjust by punishing Jesus, the innocent in such a “vulgar” way for the sins of the guilty.  21st-Century, Western, philosophical assumptions the only prism through which we must interpret everything? Doesn’t this also assume it happened against the will of Christ? What then are we to do with the Great Flood and the Passover? And doesn’t… we will just leave it there for now.
  • This is on my mind particularly as I preach Romans 3:21-31 this weekend.
  • The Downton Abbey finale was straight up depressing.
  • Maybe Mary and Tom should hook up now.
  • I still believe Thomas is a serpent.
  • Among the Oscar picks for best picture, I saw 3–all of which were fantastic. Les Mis, Argo, and Life of Pi. I can’t pick between the three. If forced to, I think I would pick Life of Pi

What’s on your mind this Friday?