Friday Stream of Consciousness – 97

stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • I turned 38 this week. Emily gave me a great birthday, and I was so thankful for the encouragement I received from  my friends.
  • It wasn’t too long into my birthday celebration I pulled a that muscle leading from the thumb to the wrist on a warm-up swing on the golf course. I. Got. Hurt. On. A. Warm-up. Swing.
  • I know that by certain standards I’m still a “youngish” man, but my genogram suggests 38 is 2nd base. It makes one think about the first half and evaluate one’s course for the second.
  • One of the hardest things to say to someone is, “no.” However, it’s also one of the most important things to say, when needed.
  • One of the best indicators of whether our heart is synced closely to the Father’s is whether or not we celebrate what He celebrates.
  • The government shutdown has ended. Crickets.
  • This week, I’m taking an abbreviated version of my annual personal/preaching retreat. Thus, I will be on a bloggabatical until it’s over. Look for a return on Monday the 28th, or the preceding Friday for a stream of consciousness. There’s a chance I may have some guest posters, but for now…assume that’s where we’re going.
  • This is a great time to read through the archives…or search via keywords for posts on a particular leadership topic.
  • Man, I’m looking forward to reading Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath.
  • I’m beginning my first series on Job in a couple of weeks here. What a mysterious, difficult, wonderful book.
  • Of all salsas, “roasted” flavored salsa is my favorite. If it’s spicy and tastes like smoke—how can it get any better than that?
  • I never sleep as well away from home as I do at home. This stinks because I usually have more ability to sleep in when I’m on the road.
  • Hostess is back, Jack! Twinkies, powdered donuts, cupcakes, Ding-Dongs, and a host of other things I’ll likely never eat again.
  • We really discriminate against single people in ministry hiring don’t we?
  • My 9-year-old daughter is getting picked on by boys on the playground. There are 3 reasons I don’t like this. 1) No one puts a hand on my daughter. 2) At 9, that likely means they think she’s cute. 3) Reason 1 applies especially to boys and until she marries at age 91.
  • Of all fast food restaurants—the only one I ever get real cravings for is Taco Bell.
  • Actually, ditto that for Wienerschnitzel.
  • Observe a typical church and you’ll find its often their Missions/Outeach ministry struggles most with focus, stewardship, and a propensity to create “sideways energy” in the church.
  • We need a Dodgers vs. Red Sox World Series. East vs. West. Showtime vs. the Showerless. It’s just good for America. No one wants to see some garbage Midwest series between the Cardinals and Tigers except people who live in Missouri and Michigan. Having said that…from a strictly baseball standpoint—it would be interesting baseball chess—and I’d pull for the Cards.
  • Remember when moms didn’t want their kids watching boxing because it was too violent? Did we ever envision MMA?
  • Having said that, I don’t suppose I have an ethical problem with MMA.
  • Though I probably have a PR problem because I just said that. Oh well…
  • At the gym the other day, they had a special on the Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran fights. People were riveted. If boxing was still that way—it would still be immensely popular. The last fighter with the standing of either of those two was probably Manny Pacquiao. But, even then…who was the last boxer America tuned in to watch? I hate the answer—but it was Mike Tyson. We need another Sugar Ray or Roberto Duran.
  • No Mas.
  • What’s on your mind this Friday?




Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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