Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Click Away on iTunes Top 10

It’s amazing what you can learn about youth culture today from iTunes. That’s what I did for this audience of parents and teenagers. I basically opened up iTunes and gave parents a quick tour of the top songs and music … Continue reading

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Hurting Our Teenagers’ Feelings

“Watch what you say about the mistakes that I’ve made, because you sometimes hurt my feelings.” That’s what Kerri, a teenager from Tennessee shared with us in the brand new episode we just posted on our new YouTube series for … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Parties

Next Sunday is a big day in America—it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Churches and ministries have historically used this day for parties and outreach events. The question is… are we allowed to? (and… am I providing my annual “Big Game Quiz” … Continue reading

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Topography of Faith

The subject of evangelism has been on my mind a lot this week and I’ve been playing with a lot of fun resources… you’ll like this one. It’s an interactive map. You see, I’m always curious when I see studies … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Evangelism, Faith, Youth Culture | 2 Comments

Amazing Video

There are funny YouTube videos… and there are visually amazing YouTube videos. This visually compelling video falls in the latter category. This little montage of surfing, skydiving, skiing, cliffjumping… and so much more, is as entertaining as it is visually … Continue reading

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Do Sexy Super Bowl Ads Sell?

While I was traveling this past weekend, we noticed an interesting article in USA Today about racy Super Bowl ads. The online article features a video interview of Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy.com, known for the success of his sexy … Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment Media, Sexuality, TV | 5 Comments

Should We Read Our Kids’ Texts?

Last night my 16-year-old daughter Alyssa was sitting in my Parenting the Texting Generation workshop in Southern California (we used the weekend as an opportunity to look at some colleges for her). After the workshop she was talking openly with … Continue reading

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Nerd Fun

It’s been a crazy weekend of travel, looking at colleges with Lori and Alyssa (Shout out to Azusa and Cal Baptist) and speaking at NorthPark Community Church (they’ve posted my talk on their website). As soon as I’m done teaching … Continue reading

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Parenting the Texting Generation, in SoCal

This Weekend I’m driving down to Southern California (SoCal) to preach at NorthPark Community Church and then teach my Parenting the Texting Generation workshop that evening (after the playoff games). I spend a good chunk of that workshop giving parents … Continue reading

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Your Driver Has Arrived

Do you think you’ve got driving skills? I did… until I saw this video! This is an incredibly entertaining YouTube video. I’ve always got my eyes out for fun YouTube videos for two reasons: Teenagers today love YouTube videos and … Continue reading

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