stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • My brain works best with a lot of information flying at it. I’m not the kind of person who has great ideas sitting in the desert or on a beach with mind wandering. But, the shower–I’ve come up with some great ideas in there.
  • And at sporting events.
  • Most of the time–my mind is a blank slate–remaining blank.
  • I know gobs of Apple fans. So, you would have thought Apple landed on the moon this week. After reading through what they’ve come up with–half of it already happens on Android, Windows, or somewhere else. However, Apple is likely to do those things better–with a little time and effort.
  • And, for those who have made fun of my love of Microsoft over the years–Apple chose Bing as the new default browser for Siri. Bing it.
  • I don’t know why more churches don’t consider mergers.
  • Actually, I do…they rarely work if they are true mergers.
  • Those that succeed best are dissolutions by one church and the pooling of their assets with a stronger church.
  • One of several reasons true mergers are difficult is because churches rarely consider them unless they are already in trouble. So, if two poor and tired swimmers are doggy-paddling their way across a lake and are running out of steam, neither of them need to grab onto the other. They will simply sink faster. They should look for someone who has the stamina and momentum to get across.
  • Also, merging two church leaderships works about as well as sowing two independently born children together in an effort to make Siamese twins of them.
  • Having said all of that…the next generation’s ministry needs requires churches at “retirement age” to think wisely about what God has entrusted to them.
  • If you have a soul, you’re pulling for the Spurs to beat the Heat. Those who live in Florida are allowed an exception if they pull for the Heat. They are “soul possible.”
  • From a working dad’s perspective, summer feels like every night is Friday night. The kids are home and can sleep late the next day. The only problem is–it’s not Friday night. Work awaits the next morn.
  • Unless it’s actually Friday night.
  • I introduced the kids to The Twilight Zone. The Twilight Zone’s greatest episode had to have been “Living Doll,” better know as Talking Tina. You just can beat a kids doll capable of talking smack like that and taking out the stepfather. It’s creepy…and our house has tons of dolls that look just like Talking Tina. I try to be nice to them 😉
  • There are two books I’m really, really looking forward to reading this summer. I Told Me So: Self-Deception and the Christian Life, and The World of the End. I also try to read a couple of classics. This year, I’m leaning toward East of Eden and Big Sur by Jack Kerouac (finally).
  • The Dow Jones can’t possibly get sustainably above 15,500 without some substantive, good financial news. I can’t figure out why exactly it continues to rise. It has a “bubble” vibe about it.
  • Summer is here. While ministry rolls on, that means: beach, baseball, and bbq. Grill it up, play ball, and thank the Lord for the sunshine.