Twice a month, I share some interesting things I’ve stumbled upon. I typically lump these various blog posts, books, articles, or video clips into these posts I call, “Friday Finds.” Here’s the latest edition. Enjoy.

Family:

1. 5 Simple Ways to Teach Your Kids Theology

“Teaching  your kids can feel daunting. But teaching your kids theology can be downright terrifying.”

2. 3 Most Important Times to Teach Your Kids Theology

“Our kids need to know the God we say we worship is big enough to handle all that we face. They need to know that no matter if they mess up, we mess up, or this world messes up, Christ is still on His throne and He still loves us.”

3. Reading as Parenting

“When we think about parenting, the word “books” probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But reading to our children is a fundamental aspect of parenting little people, though we rarely talk about it in the context of raising children.”

4. Parenthood: Remembering What You Signed Up For

“In the moment, sometimes all we want to do is stop the annoyingness. But parenting isn’t about just stopping annoying behavior so we don’t have to listen to it; parenting is about guiding, teaching, disciplining, nurturing, and helping our children when they fail, as they inevitably will. ”

5. The 5 Money Conversations to Have With Your Kids

This book looks interesting to me. Which “money personality” do you think your kids have?

The 5 Money Conversations to Have with Your Kids at Every Age and Stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. 13 Ways to Waste Your Money

“About once a year I go through a phase—a deliberate phase—in which I evaluate our family finances to see where we’re doing well and where we aren’t doing so well. I especially look for places we are spending money we don’t need to spend—bills that are too high, subscriptions we no longer need, and all of those little money-wasters that eventually add up. And over the years, I’ve collected quite a list of ways that we, and perhaps you, waste money.”

Adoption:

7. The Other Side of Adoption

“The beautiful glory and grace of adoption is present throughout; but so is the grit and grime that the devil often throws in and stirs up in adoptive families. It reveals “the other side of adoption” that some adoption advocates and some adoption books ignore, minimize, or gloss over.”

After They Are Yours- The Grace and Grit of Adoption

8. Reflections on My Son’s Adoption

“…we are eternally grateful for a Heavenly Father who graciously allowed us to adopt Judah into our family.  He is truly a blessing. But we are also keenly aware that by adopting Judah we are simply imitating the glorious actions of our God and Savior who marvelously saved us, washed us, rescued us, and adopted us into His family…”

Productivity:

9. How to be the Most Productive Person in Your Office- and Still Get Home by 5:30P.M.

The first point in this blog post will drastically improve how you spend your time during the week.

10. 8 Tricks to Make Yourself Wake Up Earlier

“You know that waking up early is one of the best ways to be more productive. You know that many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs are early risers.”

Leadership:

11. A Word to Minority Leaders in Majority Contexts

“I often tell people that I walked into multi-ethnic ministry the way Jonah walked into Memphis, and that’s not a good thing.  After a few sleepless nights in less than five star accommodations, Jonah made his entrance into Nineveh angry. His unrighteous indignation is understandable.  As a Jew he’s a part of a people who were being oppressed, and in a gracious twist of irony, God uses Jonah to usher in revival among his oppressors.  Seething over their salvation, the book of Jonah crash-lands, as the prophets anger has metastasized into bitterness.”

12. 50 Innovative and Usable Phrases for Responding During the Sermon

Thought this was funny. Enjoy.

13. The Gospel Doesn’t Produce Sameness; It Produces Oneness

“When we embrace oneness, we bring God glory. We don’t pursue racial reconciliation for its own sake, but because we want to see people become disciples of Jesus. As we often say around here, we have one problem—sin; one answer—Jesus; and one message—the gospel.”

14. Have You Told Them?

“Remember, if you are the leader of a team and have responsibility then you are the culture keeper. If you abdicate it to the person you are afraid of confronting then you have created the culture that you are trapped in today.”

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