Summer Youth Ministry

Youth ministers know we have a FREE TRAINING TOOLS page with all kinds of free training, including FREE TRAINING VIDEOS. (How to connect with kids, how to get teenagers talking, how to share your faith, how to lead games, how to lead skits… check it out!)

We’re halfway through our summer ministry. Take a peek at our brand new Summer Youth Ministry training video if you haven’t seen it yet!

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CLICK HERE FOR THIS NEW FREE TRAINING VIDEO

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From Disney Star to Vixen

demi-lovato-body-sayDemi Lovato is in the headlines again with her sexy new release, Body Say.

Sadly, her story isn’t very unique:

  • Disney star. My own girls watched her show Sonny with a Chance and the Camp Rock movies.
  • At age 18, she dropped out of a tour because of some “emotional and physical issues” (self-mutilation, eating disorders).
  • She returned to the scene with a new confidence… in fact… the name of her new album last year was Confident, sporting her new sexy look… and sexy new songs (you probably our post about her song Cool for the Summer, a song about her desire for a lesbian hook up).

Well Demi’s back, and she’s pushing the sexy envelope again with her new lyrics and cover art. Here’s just a glimpse of the lyrics of Body Say:

You can touch me with slow hands
Speed it up, baby, make me sweat
Dreamland, take me there cause I want your sex
If my body had a say, I wouldn’t turn away…

We just released a youth culture window article about The Resurgence of Demi Lovato this week, with a closer peek at Demi, her new song, and how we can talk with our kids about this Disney star (the article even provides some questions you can ask your kids).

CLICK HERE FOR OUR ARTICLE: The Resurgence of Demi Dovato

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The Draw of Nudity

dating-nakedIn 2013 The Discovery Channel launched a show with the title Naked and Afraid. It’s now in its 5th season. The following year VH1 launched Dating Naked. The Season 3 premier was on last week.

What’s next… Bowling Naked?

Nudity has been a draw for audiences since before I was born, but now, much more commonplace. Many of you might recall an article I wrote on the subject in 2013, The Naked Truth. That previous TV season had seen a 407 percent increase of “blurred nudity” than the season prior.

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TV Christianity

the real onealsIn my lifetime I’ve noticed a huge shift in opinion about Christians and the local church… and it ain’t been good! “Christian” is rapidly becoming a naughty word.

If you ever turn on TV or go to the movies, it’s not uncommon to hear the perception that faith is at the root of a vast number of societal ills. In fact, some have even studied these perceptions of faith and Christianity.

The question I want to ask is, where are people learning this?

Two answers emerge Continue reading “TV Christianity” »

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On TV Last Week

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Last week I was interviewed on live TV, the Canadian TV show 100 Huntley Street, sharing ideas from my new book about how to actually connect with our kids who can’t seem to pry their eyes from their mobile devices.

The interview was fun– take a peek:

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Your Honest Feedback

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-beautiful-girl-hiding-behind-blue-open-book-image31692429If you’d ever wanted to share your two cents on a book before it was published… now’s your chance. I’m looking for a small group of people who would be willing to screen my new book, “If I Had a Parenting Do Over” and give me their honest feedback.

That’s it. The only catch is that I need a quick turn around. I’d send you an e-copy of the manuscript this Friday, and I’d need your comments back by the following Friday, July 1.

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same place same device

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-using-cell-phone-hand-image37069247I’m beginning to do a lot of radio interviews again with the release of my new book, and somehow this question always comes up:

What is the biggest issue parents are dealing with today?

I don’t even have to blink, because the answer is so apparent: smartphones and social media.

Yes, in a world where sexual fluidity, drug dependency, and shrinking moral values are abundant, even those issues are being propagated through the medium of social media, primarily through that device in our kids’ pockets. And whenever our kids choose to rant, or feel confused and/or depressed… where is their go to source for information as well as the platform they choose to express themselves?

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8th Grader’s Amazing Impersonations of Trump, Clinton and Sanders

8th grader grad speechThe video is going viral. It’s garnered literally a million new views since I saw it 12 hours ago. It’s an 8th grader’s graduation speech.

This is no grad speech I’ve ever heard. His name is Jack Aiello, and he just graduated from Thomas Middle School outside of Chicago. This kid nailed the mannerisms of presidential hopefuls Trump, Cruz, Clinton, Sanders… and even our current commander in Chief. Sure, the kid is only in 8th grade and the voices aren’t dead on… but he’s truly got a gift impersonating the mannerisms.

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Are Today’s Teens Taking Less Risks?

teen-risks-sex-texting-marijuanaAre kids having more sex than years prior?

Are kids smoking more or less pot?

What about texting and driving?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) just released their brand new Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a study released every other year asking teenagers about risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking, fighting at school, sexual activity… and even if they wear a seatbelt. The report breaks the numbers down by state, race, or grade, as well as providing national averages.

Here’s a few highlights:

  • 41% of high school students have had sexual intercourse (58% of seniors).
  • 30% of high school students are currently sexually active (46% of seniors)
  • 39% of high school students have ever used marijuana (50% of seniors)
  • 22% of high school students are current users of marijuana (28% of seniors)
  • 42% of high school students have texted while driving a car in the last 30 days (61% of seniors)

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Giving you a free book

52-Ways-to-Connect-MONEY-PRODUCTI’ll make it simple: anyone who buys my brand new book on Amazon (the Kindle version released TODAY!), and posts an “Amazon verified purchase” review… I’ll send you any one of my parenting books for free… and personally sign it for you.

It’s that simple. Buy it from Amazon and review it—you get a book free from me.

Why? Because Amazon “verified purchases” hold a lot of clout with Amazon. So I desperately want my cherished readers (that’s you) chiming in on Amazon and posting good reviews of my books.

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