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Tim Spivey
Escondido, California
Disciple of Jesus, Husband and Father, Minister, Teacher, Author
Interests: working out, reading, writing, golfing, watching all sports (especially the big 3), and relaxing...
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Thanks for the encouraging words, Jim. The blog has moved over the . Thanks for your comment, and hope to hear from you again soon.
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Hi Ted, Thanks for feedback. I moved the blog to a new domain ( Here are the links to the other posts. Blessings to you. Pt. 1 is here. Pt. 3 is here.
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Thanks, Tim...thanks for the encouragement and great to hear from you!
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Click here to access NewVintageLeadership.Com. After receiving feedback from you and taking a long, hard look at how to improve the blog...the result is the beta version of New Vintage Leadership . Here are a few things I'd ask before... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at
Geoff Surratt wrote a simple but great post, entitled, "The Secret Life of Pastors," I'd like to share with you. What is your goal as a pastor? What would bring real satisfaction? I know pastors who have 100 people who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2011 at
Learning to forgive those who wrong you is one of the more difficult virtues to cultivate. The desire for revenge is one of the most robust and typical human emotions. Our movies, our music, our books--they reflect this. Vigilantism is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2011 at
Yesterday, I spent some time with a long-time mentor. I was describing some leadership issues and asked for his advice. He cited a Latino farming proverb. I won't try to say it in Spanish, I'll just offer it's meaning: "the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2011 at
I'm working on an overhaul of the blog set to launch around August 1. I would like to know if you have any ideas for tweaks, content items, or new features that you think would be helpful. Please leave them... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at
Preaching these days "misunderestimated." These days I read fairly regularly that preaching is too long, or is nice but unnecessary. Others, like Albert Mohler makes so much of preaching, they almost go too far: "...preaching is the central component of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at
Mike, I agree completely.
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Zack...what's the name of your church?
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I mentioned it in passing this past weekend, and will tell it in a bit more detail in a sermon in a couple of weeks on forgiveness (Esau/Jacob). Thanks for sharing.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2011 on Unbroken - The Zamperini Chronicles at
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The story of Louis Zamperini told in the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (author of Sea Biscuit) is so amazing it's hardly believable. But, it's true. Time Magazine awarded Unbroken it's book of the year award for 2010. It's not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2011 at
I love the phrase I first heard on the lips of our last President, "They misunderestimate me." Grammatically off, humorously wonderful. To misunderestimate is to underestimate, and when it come to leadership in the Kingdom, there are many virtues and/or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at
"I really believe in you...I really, really do," one of my spiritual heroes said to me sincerely this past week with his hand on my shoulder. It was a simple grace, but most well-timed and warming. After thinking about the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at
This past week I took a trip to the North American Christian Convention--the largest annual gathering of the Independent Christian Churches. I've written before, even recently, about my belief that the sectarianism that still separates Churches of Christ and Christian... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at
Reading is absolutley wonderful. Some people don't think reading is much fun and I will confess openly I've never understood why. Everyone loves stories, and books are really just well-crafted stories. Not all books are created equal. Some are awful.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at
Periodically, I'll make an appeal for support for New Vintage Church through this blog. I do so unapologetically because Jesus says it's more blessed to give than to receive, and because I believe in New Vintage and it's future reaching... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at
Patriotism has fallen on hard times lately. Some are thrilled by this. I'm not. As some try to convince us that our country is the source of all the world's problems, or that to celebrate America is to show narrowness... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2011 at
Rick, I think the root of the sectarian weed has changed. I don't think there are as many who today feel as though the CofC is the "one true church." I think it's rooted in anxiety sourced by a scarcity mentality born of... well... scarcity. As Churches of Christ have fallen on hard times, the anxiety that has produced has caused some to adopt a preservationist and sectarian mindset--a circling of the wagons, an attempt at legacy preservation, and the need to justify why would should continue to do things as we always have...though they stopped working long ago and have even mutated into different strands of sectarianism. There's an academic, high liturgical sectarianism; a lower church, "one true church" sectarianism, and the new strain... "jealousy sectarianism," to name just a few. I want to reiterate that Churches of Christ have come a long way on this, and are rightfully concerned about legacy. However, our responses to this present crisis are misguided. I would rather we humbled ourselves and opened our ears and hearts a bit more. I'm prayerfully optimistic this will happen in God's timing. It's more complicated than that...but that a scratch at the surface from my angle.
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Wayne, I couldn't agree more. I really believe church multiplication is one of the primary reasons for the rapid growth and renewal of Christian Churches and hold out hope the Churches of Christ will catch this vision.
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Me too, Kari.
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Good stuff, Rex. You are right on all counts :)
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5 years ago tonight (June 29, 2006) Jeff Walling and Dave Stone exchanged bibles at the North American Christian Convention in an expression of acceptance between Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. Jeff was clear that he couldn't speak for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at
What makes a great Preacher? I'm not speaking here of traits all preachers should have (character, etc.). I would love to hear what you think makes a great preacher? Are there traits, practices or fabrics that separate those who excel... Continue reading
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