stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday:

  • Oh Miley, what have you done? So sad.
  • If there’s a silver lining in the whole incident, it’s that our culture still seems to have some moral line that can be crossed. I’m not saying the line is in the right place–I’m just saying the line does exist…it isn’t blurred (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun. If you didn’t get it…don’t worry about it).
  • I think in part she’s entering her Madonna—justify-my-love-phase: the phase where you want to see how far you can go and keep your fans. Lady Gaga found out. So did Madonna. The problem Miley has is her fan base was largely young people which means when she makes this shift, she throws most of them out of the boat (and their parents) as well.
  • All of this has made me appreciate Taylor Swift even more. Better music, too.
  • New Vintage Church has it’s grand reopening (of the worship space) on September 8—the first phase of the Trellis Project. You can see a conceptual rendering of what it will look like. Also, if anyone wants to give to the project, there is an opportunity to do so below. If you’d like to see pictures hot off the press, you can “like” our Facebook page here.
  • As a USC fan, I find the Johnny Manziel story a total joke. Manziel is a joke. A & M’s defense of him was a joke. But, the biggest joke of all was the NCAA. Not only was Reggie Bush permanently disassociated from the school (he can’t even be mentioned in USC’s media guides), his Heisman was taken away and USC received years of penalties (they are still 5 scholarships down this year). All the while—the NCAA continued to sell Reggie Bush attire on its website until Jay Bilas’ editorial–and Manziel gets the bench for one half of a football game against Rice. What a bunch of hypocrites.
  • Justin Timberlake wants to play the Riddler in the next Batman movie. I think that would be awesome.
  • The single biggest reason churches decline is the chronic tolerance and fostering of gossip, slander, and inappropriate criticism. Have grownup conversations early and insist on biblical patterns of communication–and you will save your church a world of hurt. You won’t hear this taught at CATALYST, but it’s more vital to your church’s well-being than any church growth principle.
  • This weekend we will enter September, and so I need to make my final World Series pick of the regular season: Dodgers vs. Red Sox.
  • VERY early Super Bowl pick: 49ers vs. Broncos.
  • It’s smarter to read books and take notes electronically, but I’ll admit I don’t read as much as I did when I read paper books.
  • I refuse to read the Bible electronically–at least regularly. Give me leather, wide margins, an awesome pen and gold-leafed pages.
  • Why do Christians think a person can’t understand a Bible translation written at an 8th grade level? Eventually, we’re going to start handing non-Christians coloring books on the way in. Good grief.
  • Non-Christian people are extremely smart. Just because they need a trail guide at first doesn’t mean they can’t walk or even hike challenging summits. I think we can go deep with them (and should), while guiding them through it.
  • Someone really needs to write the next great preaching book.
  • Completely stoked to get to preach through the parables of Jesus this Fall.
  • The same goes for the book of Job.
  • When was the last time you invited someone to church?
  • The verse I’m thinking about this morning is Matthew 16:25: “For whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” One can spend a lifetime chewing on that one.

What’s on your mind this Friday?