Nothing to See Here

Nothing2seehere_xray It's Thursday night of what has turned out to be a long and brutal week from a ministry standpoint. No violins required here…it goes with the turf sometimes. I thus have nothing profound to say (as usual), but my head is full of thoughts–thoughts on ministry and thoughts on things that have nothing to do with ministry. So, tonight's post will simply be a thought-seep…a "here are some of the miscellaneous things I'm thinking about and maybe you are too" post.

  • When it comes to earthly blessings, there is no greater blessing than a spouse and children who love you. Second are friends that love you and have your back no matter what.
  • Watching people use their gifts for God is simply amazing and wonderful to behold.
  • Some Christians are brutally critical of others and utterly fragile themselves.
  • Many Christians believe God is always on their side. Most of God's "best" followers experienced his discipline at some point (Adam, Moses, Samuel, Peter, David, etc.). However, everyone thinks they are Moses and nearly no one thinks they are Pharaoh.
  • Many Christians don't know what to do with the Old Testament.
  • Communion is the most mechanical and least impactful Christian spiritual practice…as it is practiced by many of us today.
  • Every time I hear of a church overcoming or thriving, my heart lights up.
  • Every time I hear of a church implosion or closing, my heart sinks.
  • Michael Vick was awesome on Monday Night…and even better for my fantasy team 😉
  • The church and the academy have to find a way to get together more often.
  • I preach 3 times on Sundays. Typically, I nearly always feel as though the 2nd is the best overall. The first one is early and I'm still waking up. By the end of the 3rd, my tongue is dragging. However, most of the time lately, I've liked either the 1st or 3rd the best. Weird.
  • I know our politicians are smart, but I wish they would prove me right more often.
  • The Bible is still where it's at.
  • I hate to say this…but I think the economy in California is going to be precarious for 10 years or more.
  • Has anyone else noticed how high gas prices are? 3 years ago, everyone screamed bloody murder when gas was 75 cents a gallon cheaper. Now…hardly a peep.
  • I thought the Social Network was an extremely well-acted film…especially for a film in it's genre.
  • I'm sorry…Gladiator remains the greatest movie of all time. If it's on, I must stop whatever I'm doing and watch it.
  • At our small group the other night we debated what the scariest movie of all time was. I said, "The Silence of the Lambs." What do you think?
  • I read Esther earlier this week and picked up five or six new insights I had never noticed before. Isn't it weird how that happens?
  • It was 70 and sunny again in Escondido today. How boring 😉
  • Early Super Bowl prediction… Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia
  • Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman are two of the greatest hymn writers of my generation.

Give me a random thought you've had this week


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, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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7 thoughts on “Nothing to See Here

  1. I have been behind on reading your posts and am catching up. I like this post in particular Tim. The list triggered a number of thoughts as I read through it. It also reminded me that most of us probably have more thoughts and idea slowly simmering than we might realize. Thanks!

  2. Hey Tim, glad to find your blog.
    I would agree about silence of the lambs, and several other movies in that genre (titles I can’t think of).
    Care to do guest post on my blog next year for a series on marriage?
    One more thing … don’t you have the D.Min from ACU? I start there in June.
    Take care.

  3. Wounded healers wound.
    Change in eldership doesn’t mean change.
    I attend the most awesome church, ever!
    I still believe we could change the world if we had a little passion.
    People in the spot light are often lonely.
    One small encouragement can save a life.
    We serve an awesome God.
    Women need other women.
    Thanks for the post, Tim. I send you guys my love.

  4. If you ever feel moved to do another blog post like this somewhere down the road, please do it, by all means. Don’t put yourself on a schedule–just whenever the time seems right. The intellectual runoff from your stream of thought is amazing.

  5. My random thought – More good, positive, spiritual, biblical lessons are taught in a 2.5 hour movie on witchcraft and sorcery than in a months worth of many of our bible classes and pulpits.

  6. I heard a very wise observation about those critical people three years ago – “Hurt people hurt people.” I have found it to be invariably true.