stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • We can tell who our real friends are by how they treat us when it’s not cool to be our friend. Adult friendship dynamics are simply an amplification and slight sophistication of the schoolyard.
  • People will give to need, but they give to vision more than need.
  • I get to team up with our teens this Sunday. I’ll preach and they’ll lead the church in worship. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while.
  • The Padres have won one game since last Friday’s post, by which they hadn’t won any games since the previous Friday’s post. This is getting ugly…so, so ugly.
  • Speaking of baseball, I got to spend some time in the Louisville Slugger museum in…Louisville.
  • And, I got to hold several game used bats, including a Mickey Mantle from 1961-63.
  • I also got to take swings in the batting cage replica bats of several famous players, including: Babe Ruth, Dustin Pedroia, Derek Jeter, Buster Posey, and Ty Cobb–whose bat measured 35 inches and 39 ounces.
  • God is watching how elders and churches treat their pastors. For some, this is good news. For others…it’s terrible news.
  • Pastors will be held accountable for, among other things, what we say from the pulpit, as well as our faithfulness in shepherding God’s people.
  • The more biblically rooted a sermon is, the more power it has. The more illustrations fit what’s being said in the text, the more effective they are.
  • There is a big difference between feeding a crowd once and feeding a church every week from the pulpit. Both have their place, but I’m called primarily to one.
  • I roomed with Jeff Walling this week at the North American Christian Convention in Louisville. It happened to be the 15th anniversary of the summer I was his preaching intern. That was a pivotal summer for me, and Jeff is still one of my favorite (if not my favorite) preachers. You can watch/listen to his sermons from the Providence Road Church of Christ here.
  • I came to my first North American Christian Convention in 2006, and haven’t missed one since. I plan to be there in Indianapolis next year.
  • I’m stoked it’s coming to Anaheim in 2016.
  • There is unquestionably a church planting movement afloat–and I’m thrilled there is finally a nucleus of people planting in California. I hope there’s a thousand more.
  • In his session on the soul of a leader, Wayne Cordeiro said, “Our soul trickle charges.” He meant that when our souls are depleted, we can’t simply take a few hours off and be fine. It takes a while. I’ve found that to be true. Our physical body can get better after a good night’s sleep, but not our souls. Let’s keep them well charged and take the time we need when we are truly depleted. After all, what does it profit us to gain the whole world and…well you know the rest.
  • He added the best way to keep from being depleted is through a life in rhythm, led by rigorous commitment to time with the Lord daily.
  • Metta World Peace was cut by the Lakers yesterday. Tear………
  • Not……
  • My 20th High-School reunion is this weekend. This should be interesting.
  • Did you like High School? I loved it.
  • Except my freshman year, which totally bit.
  • But it bit less than Middle School.

What’s on your mind this Friday?