My brain needs a bit of a break, so I thought I’d post a quick rundown of a few random thoughts. You never know what you’re going to get when one of my posts gets tagged “random”, so buckle up.
- Is your spouse your best friend? Mine is. If not (or even if he/she is), you need to check out Michael Hyatt’s recent post “How to Become Your Spouse’s Best Friend.” And you should really think about making Hyatt a part of your daily web time. His insights on leadership continue to be formative for me.
- I contend that it is impossible to listen to “The Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine without tapping your toes or snapping your fingers or breaking into spontaneous hand clapping. Go ahead, try it. I’ll wait.
- Quick: name the best sermon you’ve ever heard on Romans 16. Hard to do, right? Not anymore. Click here and download the June 12 sermon by Mike Cope called “Intubated by Friends”. And now you have an answer to the question.
- For the past couple of years, I’ve set myself a goal of reading 52 books in a calendar year, one per week. Well, it looks like 2011 is the year I finally break through and achieve that goal. At the end of this week, I will be at 34 books read for the year with one more on my iPad queued up and ready to go. But I’m looking for some fiction suggestions to counter balance all the theology and congregational leadership stuff I’ve been reading. I read Huck Finn in January, so I’m probably looking for something less classic-y and more current. Any suggestions? Or is there anything you’re reading right now that I need to add to my reading list?
- Looking for a safe, fun place for your kids to learn about Jesus and get out of the insane heat for a few days? Try hitting up the Mayfair VBS tomorrow morning at 9am. Word is the fire alarm might be set off. (Oh, wait. That only happens while the preacher is preaching.) Either way, it’ll be a blast. Check out www.mayfair.org/ministries/children for more information.
- I’ll close with a little text-dwelling. I’ve been thinking a lot about submission lately. So much so that I might just preach something along those lines this week for Father’s Day. (So if you hear this again, act surprised.) I think, at least in American culture anyway, we struggle with submission. Especially us guys. It doesn’t jive with the image of the rugged individualism that is so easily associated with coming of age as a man today. Yet, there’s something instructive about the fact that the most important moment in human history was an act of submission, an act of sacrificial self-emptying. Paul writes: “I have the right to do anything,” you say — but not everything is beneficial.” No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. How is submission demonstrated in your life? How do you practice submission that models the pattern of Jesus, the One whose attitude we are to emulate (Phil. 2.5)? How do you put submission into practice with your spouse, your children, your boss, your employees, your neighbors? May we never forget our calling to be people of submission, servants of Christ Jesus, the one who did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but instead emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, and became obedient unto death, death on a cross. This is the inevitable outcome of our submission to Him. The test of our lives is a test of submission.