stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • Congratulations to the Miami Heat on winning the NBA championship.
  • I didn’t really mean that.
  • James Gandolfini passed away this week at the age of 51. Tony Soprano was one of the TV’s all-time great characters, and I can’t imagine anyone else playing him.
  • I think most churches can work harder at not binding things on people God hasn’t bound. A good question to ask ourselves might be, “On what authority do we prevent people from…” or “Where precisely does the Scripture say…” We need to allow for the obvious, the cultural, etc. But, generally, churches find it easier to bind first and ask those questions later–just to be safe. It doesn’t spring to mind that binding what God hasn’t bound is an unbinding of what God has actually bound–like our legalism and desire to control rather than liberate.
  • It can be prudent, for instance, to suggest people do this or that for the good of their spiritual life. It’s another thing to mistake that piece of wisdom for Gospel or actual biblical teaching. In many churches and for many Christians–there are so many protective fences built around the Gospel it gets hard, over time, to distinguish which is which. We must submit ourselves to the Gospel, not the fence.
  • Yahoo put together a hilarious interactive article called, “The top 9,486 ways Jay Carney won’t answer your question.” Someone should have thought about this years ago and started doing this with the very first press secretary. It’s not fair that Carney is the first to have this done–and he has one of the toughest jobs in the world. However, funny is funny–and it’s a great remember to those of us in leadership to think about how we answer people when we don’t know the answer or would prefer not to share it.
  • Kim Kardashian has apparently named their new baby girl, “North.” The means her name is North West.
  • That wasn’t a joke. Her kid’s name is North. West.
  • New Vintage Church will spend this summer under construction, remodeling and expanding the worship center. We will be in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays–a room that was not built for a church to use for worship. This Sunday is our first Sunday in there–anything could happen. It should be interesting.
  • What is the NFL going to do with this terrible off-season of criminal conduct by its players?
  • Right now, I’m torn on which personal productivity combo to use–Google Apps or Microsoft + Nozbe. Google is like carrying only a knife into the wild. The latter is like driving a tank. There’s a beauty in simplicity, but it has it’s limits. Do any of you use Google tasks? If so, I’d love to know how it’s worked for you.
  • What the heck is going on in Detroit and Chicago? Those cities (especially Detroit) seem to be unraveling.
  • I’m loving what I see out of the Padres this year–except for the bullpen. They need a legit closer.
  • Having a strong sense of why people actually attend your church is a vital ingredient to sustained health and growth over time. Many churches know why people leave, but lack a sense of why people don’t leave.
  • I got to see the Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig up close last night. He is really impressive. The most impressive thing to me was his arm. He made a throw from the right-center field warning track to 3rd base on the fly. He needs to learn how to hit the low, off-speed pitch, though.
  • New World Series Pick: St. Louis vs. Detroit.
  • My laptop had to be sent off for repair so I used a tablet for 10 days. I think the role of laptops is still safe for a few more years. Bigger screens, more horsepower, betting typing.
  • I keep thinking there must be a more efficient way for us to plant churches.
  • Wouldn’t that be something if they actually did find Jimmy Hoffa after all these years?

What’s on your mind this Friday morning?