stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • Emily and I celebrated our anniversary by seeing Sara Bareilles and One Republic in concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. I was extremely impressed with both vocals live. I was also surprised to see how brilliantly both acts play multiple musical instruments.
  • One of my bigger, perhaps more superficial regrets is that I never learned to play an instrument well. I can mess around on the piano, etc…but I mean play something really well.
  • If I could, I’d pick piano first. Then, probably the drums.
  • New Vintage Church’s grand reopening was a tremendous success. The room turned out wonderfully, and the Spirit prevailed over a 90 degree temperature inside thanks to a broken air conditioner. It got so hot under the spotlights I actually had to wrap the sermon up early. Thankfully, that’s fixed and I look forward to seeing how God moves among us when we can breathe.
  • We are just starting season 5 of Breaking Bad. Old Walt is showing signs of having issues.
  • Gus was an amazing sociopath. The show misses him.
  • I’ve been posting less, but trying to post higher quality stuff. Having said that, I’ve often posted only once or twice a week over the summer. It’s been crazy…I’ve been traveling a lot this summer–plus moving, plus reconstruction projects at church, etc. With this post, I’m going back to my normal three-a-week posting schedule.
  • When we preach on money, why do many of us reverse the order and intent of what Jesus says when He says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
  • Not all opportunities are created equal. Making sure one keeps one’s priorities in the appropriate order is both difficult and important for an abundant life that pleases the Lord. We need to make time to do what we enjoy, but it’s rare that what we want to do and what we ought to do sync up perfectly. It takes maturity to say “yes” to the right things in the face of our flesh which cries out for something else.
  • How does one increase their self-discipline? Is that something we just have or don’t have–or can it be cultivated?
  • Apple revealed their updated and new iPhones. I shrugged my shoulders…as did their stockholders and the tech community. Apple needs to begin to realize their products are excellent, but not to the level of demanding such high price points.
  • I’ve been encouraged by several to write a book. I may just do that. Writing a book is extremely difficult work and I’m not exactly twiddling my thumbs right now. Oh, and there’s that issue of no publisher 🙂 Yet.
  • Among fast food restaurants—give me Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell. Keep the rest.
  • Don’t judge me.
  • I’m preparing to preach a series on Job later this Fall. If you’ve got some resource you think I really need to know about, I’d love to know about it in the next week or so.
  • What’s the best conference out there? I’d probably say it’s still Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit. What do you think?
  • It’s pretty easy to wake up one day and realize you’ve created a cluttered mess in an effort to get organized. Now, you have a ton of accounts, a ton of apps, etc. Remember when we all just had a paper planner? Those were the good old days.
  • I’m so glad the Syria matter seems headed toward to a non-war resolution. Things will remain tense I’m sure, but I’m glad for the time being it seems world war will be averted.
  • Book release I’m most looking forward to? Larry Osborne’s, Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret: Why Serial Innovators Succeed Where Others Fail. I love everything Larry writes.
  • Ditto that for Tim Keller, who releases, Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering on October 1.
  • Here’s the statement I made on Facebook that rocked my wall: “Dill pickles are the only legitimate pickles. Sweet pickles are imposters and should be cast into outer darkness.” I had no idea some people were so opposed to truth.
  • Most people who need to grow in ministry (us all) don’t need more education–which is usually required to enter the ministry. We need better self-management, self-differentiation, and leadership skill–particularly at the critical thinking and systems level. Education is good and necessary, but real, tangible skill is more necessary. They do not always go together.
  • My fantasy football teams are off to a fantastic start. So, life is good.

What’s on your mind this Friday?