Random Thoughts for the Weekend


1. Last night, I looked over at my wife and she had just made this incredible meal and we were sitting there talking with friends and I thought, “all this and Jesus too?”

2. Have you ever stopped to think about how amazing food is? How it just grows and walks around for us to make into pizza and tacos?

3. There is very little value placed in thinking long and hard about our opinions and convictions in the church. And by long and hard I don’t mean hours. I mean seasons and years.

4. We are now at the time of year when the joy of watching a ballgame seems like an unimaginable pleasure.

5. I ordered a CD a couple days ago and it didn’t come with an instant download and I feel like I’m ten and I’ve just sent in 30 box tops from Count Chocula and I’m waiting for the pack of three baseball cards which will come in 4-6 weeks.

6. I’d be okay with someone stealing our televisions.

7. We’ve been visiting a church lately in which we are surrounded by heads of gray hair. It’s actually one of things I love about it. More than one of those older saints needs a wheelchair or walker. No one advertises their church with this. But they should.

8. The other night we were watching the The Gospel of John as a family and it was the scene with the woman at the well and it was really beautiful and came alive. We were trying to explain to our kids how Jesus drew in the outsiders. And then I thought about how poorly I have done that. I’m worried about property values.

9. Cool, exciting, relevant, engaging, and dynamic are not fruits of the Spirit.

10. Normally, these thoughts are mine. But I want to offer you something from someone else. Most of you know I just discovered the music of Sara Groves. This week I read a great article/interview about her struggles with depression and how it shaped her newest album. And her new album is wonderful. Below are the lyrics to the title track with a video of the song also. Enjoy.

Some hearts are built on a floodplain
Keeping one eye on the sky for rain
You work for the ground that gets washed away
When you live closer

Closer to the life and the ebb and flow
Closer to the edge of “I don’t know”
Closer to “that’s the way it goes”
Some hearts are built on a floodplain

And it’s easy to sigh on a high bluff
Look down and ask when you’ve had enough
Will you have the sense to come on up
Or will you stay closer

Closer to the danger and the rolling deep
Closer to the run and the losing streak
And what brings us to our knees
Some hearts live here

Oh the river it rushes to madness
And the water it spreads like sadness
And there’s no high ground
And there’s no high ground
Closer to the danger and the rolling deep
Closer to the run and the losing streak
And what brings us to our knees

Closer to the life and the ebb and flow
Closer to the edge of I don’t know
Closer to “Lord, please send a boat.”
Some hearts are built here

7 thoughts on “Random Thoughts for the Weekend

  1. Sergius Martin-George January 9, 2016 / 10:14 am

    #7 — care to name names?

    • mattbredmond January 10, 2016 / 9:02 am

      Down the street from us, SMI. My wife grew up there and my father-in-law is on staff.

  2. Charlie January 9, 2016 / 10:54 am

    Yep yep to #3,6,7,9!!

  3. Dan from Georgia January 10, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Great thoughts Matt. Especially love 2, 7, and 9. Just a thought….

    Your number 7 and 9 are kind of related in a sad way, in that, many churches today are wringing their hands and falling over themselves trying to attract millennials and youngsters, thinking that cool, hip, engaging, and relevant will make their church thrive. Meanwhile, those older saints are never considered a “strategic” ministry focal point, always left off to the side, in my opinion. Sad.

    • mattbredmond January 10, 2016 / 8:51 am

      Yeah. I didn’t even connect the two until I was done.

  4. Dan from Georgia January 10, 2016 / 8:46 am

    BTW, number 2 of your thoughts made me smile and laugh!

    So glad you like Sara Groves. Former Minnesotan here and while I lived there, Sara (also a Minnesotan) got lots of airplay on Christian radio. Here in Georgia? No where to be heard. Just all that safe-for-the-whole-family nonsense.


  5. Josiah Erwin January 10, 2016 / 11:22 am

    Good thoughts … good thoughts indeed

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