Some things I’m thinking this afternoon…
We are getting teased with a little bit of Fall right now, but it’s going back to 90 degrees on Sunday. This dance happens every year and I don’t like it.
Instead of complaining about Donald Trump being unfairly targeted by Lester Holt’s unbalanced questioning, the Trump camp should have been turning cartwheels. More questions, more opportunities to control the debate…more opportunities to change the narrative. He should have seized the moment. Hillary’s the one that should be complaining about Lester Holt.
Here’s a little basketball in the midst of fall football and baseball chatter. I have now become a massive OKC Thunder and Russ Westbrook fan. Like, overnight. They are now my new favorite NBA team. Tired of the Clippers. Mavs have moved into second place. Sorry Dirk, you’re still my favorite, but I need a team to root for that has a chance to win it all. Russ > Kevin. OKC > Warriors.
Some people can be good friends with most any kind of personality type. Others are just too put off and uncomfortable with certain personality types or kinds of people to be good friends with them. The wall goes up at first glance. How sad. We need all the good friendships we can get.
What is it with grandparents that makes them so deluded? They look at their own grandkids and see the cutest, smartest, most gifted, better-than-any-other-grandkid-that-ever-walked-on-the-earth. Guilty.
Being the guy who just had heart surgery really defined me for a few months. Now it just seems like a distant thing of the past.
I wonder if people are walking out on Sunday mornings thinking the message they just heard was really nothing more than “try harder”?
I think one of the biggest problems people of faith present to the watching world is when we say God is good, but we act like spoiled, entitled children when our experiences are not.
The best new TV show of the season is Designated Survivor (my bias has been well documented). People are openly wishing this show was the truth and not fiction. I never thought I would say this, but President Kirkman is already greater than President Palmer.
Best thing I’ve read this week…an answer Eugene Peterson gave to a question he was asked:
Q: If you were asked by someone to describe what is at the heart of the work of pastoring and shepherding, what would you say?
EP: I’d tell them that pastoring is not a very glamorous job. It’s a very taking-out-the-laundry and changing-the-diapers kind of job. And I think I would try to disabuse them of any romantic ideas of what it is. As a pastor, you’ve got to be willing to take people as they are. And live with them where they are. And not impose your will on them. Because God has different ways of being with people, and you don’t always know what they are.
Pride says, “I know I am right. I know you are wrong. I need to tell you that.” Humility says, “I think I’m right. You think you’re right. Let’s get some chips and salsa and talk.” Do you see the difference?
Back to sermon prep…