Category Archives: Entertainment Media

Teenaged Doubters

Whenever I talk with today’s teenagers, I see them processing what I tell them. It’s almost as if they are weighing it in their minds: “Does he really know what he is talking about? Does this make sense? Would this … Continue reading

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Walking Dead Conversations

It’s nice when the most watched cable show happens to also be one of the most discussion-provoking shows on television. (And that’s why we post discussion questions pointing to scripture after every episode.) I’m talking about The Walking Dead. The … Continue reading

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The Need for Super Bowl Conversations

After spending an entire weekend with a couple thousand teenagers in South Carolina, my attention was immediately turned to the most watched television broadcast of the year in the United States: the Super Bowl. It was an intriguing transition. The … Continue reading

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Content with My Sin

I Just finished watching a movie on my flight, This is Where I Leave You. The film was extremely well written, with powerful performances and real-to-life characters. There was just one problem… I walked away content with my own sin. Life … Continue reading

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What Teens Want to Read

I always find it intriguing to see what forms of entertainment today’s young people are digesting in our culture. For most of us, that brings to mind the newest Vine video, social media app, or Nicki Minaj song in the … Continue reading

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Curb Your Phone Addiction

Do your kids spend too much time on their phones? Do YOU spend too much time on your phone? Wanna app that will help you see exactly how much time you’re on your phone? I think many people are becoming … Continue reading

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The TV America is Watching

I like to glimpse at the Nielsen charts every once in a while to see what Americans are watching on TV. And recently… it’s been football, Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, even more football, and The Voice. For those … Continue reading

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Talking with Teens about Their Smartphones

Teens typically think their smartphone use is reasonable. Parents and teachers, however, think teen smartphone use is out of control! Who’s right? That’s the question I just proposed in the brand new blog I’m writing to teenagers every week (the … Continue reading

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Parent Reactions

I love hearing feedback from parents after they attend one of my Parenting the Smartphone Generation workshops– it’s fun to hear how their kids respond when the parents arrive home with all this new information (knowing that I’m telling their … Continue reading

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The Good Lie

It’s always fun when a quality film comes out that points to faith and hope, and maybe even shows churches in a good light. This little feature clip just crossed my desk yesterday. It’s a film called The Good Lie, … Continue reading

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