Mind Jambalaya – A Christmas Installment

My mind is swimming with things right now. I've got some NVC updates in the works and more posts on leadership in Churches of Christ…but not today. After 1400 miles in the car, coherence on such matters seems too lofty a goal. So, here's another installment of mind jumbalaya–idea bites from random parts of my brain. I would love for you to throw some of your own in the comments section:

  • I'm going to be playing for the championship in one of my fantasy football leagues. My fate will likely depend on the play of some of the Dallas Cowboys–a most cruel irony.
  • Some of the people who claim to be most committed to the unity of the Body of Christ and church autonomy are among the first to disfellowship or at least informally "blackball" those who use instruments in worship or don't name their church the way they believe they should.
  • Without Adrian Gonzalez in the lineup this year, the Padres may have to find a way to win games 0-0.
  • It never ceases to amaze me that some of the most recognizable and busiest pastors in the country who are criticized for being impersonal or unapproachable turn out to be extremely personal, most thoughtful and completely approachable. Maybe labeling is easier than knowing what we're talking about or dealing with the ego issues causing us to judge these people so quickly.
  • I was recently told by a credible source that no organized Church of Christ has started in San Diego County in the last 30 years that is still operating–other than some ad hoc house-church stuff that has happened recently. I'm going to look into that, but, wow. 
  • Among Church of Christ affiliated schools, it seems to me Lipscomb University's star is rising the fastest. Having said that, the strength of it's institutions of higher learning given their age remains one of the Churches of Christ's most powerful strengths. We have some great schools.
  • Driving 1500 miles with our 3 young children straight through was brutal. I'm too old to stay up all night, and it's wiping me out for a day or two of my vacation. Having said that, one of my primary takeaways is from the trip is what great kids I have. Man, God has blessed me.
  • I was in a meeting once when a church leader said he was against planting a church in Hollywood, California because it was too worldly of a place. Hmmmm….. retorts abound 🙂
  • Every time I hear the song "Highland Cathedral" I still get chills because that's the song of our wedding processional–including Emily's walking down the aisle. 
  • Is there such a thing as a scholar-preacher? I believe so…but most of them specialize in one or the other.
  • I've never heard someone from a growing church be sincerely critical of large churches. I also can't recall someone from a church in decline being critical of smaller churches. I wish we'd spend less time criticizing one another and more time learning from and encouraging one another.
  • Don't you think church pot-lucks would be more interesting if Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas DJed? OK…this one came to me very, very late at night on the road somewhere between Deming, New Mexico and El Paso.
  • Some people have a hard time telling the truth. Some people have a hard time keeping secrets. Usually, the same people struggle at both.
  • New Vintage is off to a far better start than I could have ever imagined. God is so, so good.
  • Is there a more ageist profession than ministry? It seems that one is always either too young to know anything or too old to relate to anybody. As it happens, I know a lot of young guys who know stuff and lots of older guys who can relate to anyone.
  • Is there anything more pleasant than the face and sound of giggling baby?
  • Is there a better Christmas song than O Holy Night?
  • Someone asked me recently if I could pick one book of the Bible to preach from for the rest of my life, which one would I choose. Naturally, I had to think about it. After being pressed, I think I would pick a Gospel. Which one? I think I would take Luke-Acts if they were kept together as they were originally. If they must be separated, I'll take John.
  • Is there a more difficult command to obey than to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, 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 ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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