One Pastor’s Perspective on Starting Joy in Your Neighborhood This Halloween

First, let’s get this one out of the way for parents. Parents, if you grew up in the United States and so did your parents, maybe even your grandparents, then if you celebrate Halloween as the American traditional holiday it was when you or your parents or your grandparents were kids, you’ve got it covered. You can have a traditional down-home American Halloween, even today.

Now, along with that, the focus on how everyone else chooses to celebrate Halloween is going to be whatever is the craziest, most provocative, most extreme stuff out there. What sizzles sells. This is why what the media and social media chooses to cover this Halloween season won’t be you out trick or treating with your cute little Ninja Turtle.

Second, if you are a parent who is a Christian, here is a disclaimer. I am a biblical scholar, as are my colleagues. We can make 10 cases of why Halloween is not helpful,10 why it is not harmful, and 10 more why it is a great opportunity to spread joy and love your neighbors…

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Act Like Yourself: Living With The Heart Jesus Gave You

This is the second in a four part series on what it means to be a RARE leader. We are combining biblical principles with the latest brain science, based on the book Rare Leadership, by Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder.

When we develop four uncommon habits to increase our emotional maturity (EQ) we increase trust, joy, and engagement with the people we live with. The people we work with.

People Before Problems

Remain Relational

Relationship is more important than the problem.
Building relationships is #1…Results are #2
Get this wrong and you won’t have a healthy family, healthy team at work, or a healthy life. People before problems is the way of Jesus.
A four part series on RARE leadership, based on biblical principles and the latest brain science, from the same titled book, by Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder.

What Our Nation Needs…


“We are a low-joy nation. And what happens in low-joy places? Problems are bred. This low-joy has reached the highest levels. Our national leaders have finally succumbed to being almost pure predators.”

What is a predator?

What can be done?

Actually, you might be the best true hope….Listen

We Ignore A Key Theme In The Life And Teaching Of Jesus…What??

Joy is a key theme in the life of Jesus and his teaching. Yet, we rarely speak of this in the Christian community.

According to brain science, a high-joy environment is absolutely necessary for healthy brain growth. Considering a baby grows 2/3 of their brain in the first 90 days, dare I say, from the beginning, we are designed to be filled with joy.