Finally it is cooling down in East Texas and Halloween is just over a week away. Do you wonder what to do on Halloween? Here are some of my thoughts on Halloween from a blog post I wrote a few years ago.

Here’s this week’s edition of “Friday Finds.” Enjoy.

1. A Few Tips for Raising Boys

via HeadHeartHand

“Be patient. This is perhaps the greatest challenge to us today. We expect instant results from our teaching and our discipline, but usually the fruit takes many years to even show a little green shoot. In the meantime, impatience, anger, and bad temper can destroy relationships and communication. We might modify their behavior for a time, but we lose their hearts. My “boys” are now young men whom I love and deeply respect. Looking back, I see that I worried way too much because of my impatience.”

2. Why (and How) Christians Should Still Vote

via J.D. Greear

“God holds government leaders responsible to steward what he has placed in their hands. Thus, he will hold us, as the final sovereigns in this government, responsible for how we steward our responsibilities. As it stands, only 14% of eligible adults cast a vote for any candidate in the primaries. As our friend Steve Noble says, apathy and ignorance come at a high cost.”

3. The Four Most Common Staff Issues

via Pastors.com

This is a great article from Shawn Lovejoy. Who do you need to move around on your bus?

“The Worship Pastor gift mix needed at a church of 200 is completely different than the mix needed at a church of 2,000. We need to be willing to recognize it and keep them in a seat on the bus that allows them to continue to use their gifts while equipping our organization with the skills needed for each position on the bus. No matter which seat they occupy over time, the goal must be more important than the role.”

4. 10 Tips for Leading Kids to Christ

via For the Church

“My greatest stewardship in life is not training a generation of students at Midwestern Seminary. It is training my five young children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. I feel the weight—and glory—of this stewardship daily and find immeasurable fulfillment and joy as I see my children taking steps toward Christ.” 

5. Taking Back Christianese #5: “Just Ask Jesus into Your Heart”

via Michael J. Krueger

What are your thoughts on this widely-used phrase?

“…this phrase, like most the phrases is in this series, has the potential to be really helpful or really problematic, depending on how one understands it and uses it.”

6. 3 Keys to Effective Communication Within Your Church Staff

via Vanderbloemen

“Understanding the communications preferences of those around you is key to creating a cohesive work environment.”

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