Category Archives: Entertainment Media

Should I Watch Game of Thrones?

Game of Thrones anyone? How about the new Fifty Shades of Grey? In a world where this kind of sexually charged entertainment is rapidly becoming the choice diet of mainstream audiences… what are Christians to watch? I mean seriously. How … Continue reading

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Kids or Adults?

The biggest complaint I hear from parents is about the amount of time their kids are glued to their entertainment and technology. Kids are glued? Pop Quiz: Which generation watches more TV in America? A.  My 16-year-old daughter? B.  My … Continue reading

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Teen Online Behavior 2014

Last week McAfee released their newest Teens and Screens study to help us understand exactly what our kids are doing online. The report revealed some interesting findings about teens’ online habits. Here are a few observations worth noting: Teenagers Love … Continue reading

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3 Studies I Eagerly Await

As you know, I like to keep my thumb on the pulse of youth culture. (Funny analogy. Does anyone really take someone’s pulse with a thumb?) This means hanging out with teenagers, but also keeping my eyes on research about … Continue reading

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The Lonely Road of Doing Whatever You Want

The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Guy’s Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. This is just one of the 101 pieces of advice I offer to young guys in that book. In … Continue reading

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The Social Media Irony

(and 5 Ideas to “Socialize” the Socially Isolated) In a world where 4 out of 5 teenagers are social media users, you’d think young people would be growing more… social? Sadly, no. In fact, most research is revealing quite the … Continue reading

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Keeping Social Media Safe

“Should I allow my 13-year-old to use Twitter?” It happens after every parent workshop I teach. Parents line up with specific questions. “Is Instagram bad? “Should I be worried if I found my teenager using Omegle?” “All my daughter’s friends … Continue reading

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Young People and Selfies

Smile! “Aren’t we cute?” Within seconds the selfie pic is posted to Instagram, and Tweeted to her 326 followers. Just another emblematic snapshot from the life of today’s teen. Five years ago we didn’t even know the word “selfie.” Fast … Continue reading

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American Idol’s Spiritual Advisor

American Idol is still captivating American audiences, and this season the show has brought a new adviser backstage to act as a “life coach” for the young Idol hopefuls… a Christian counselor who has been helping NASCAR drivers since 1999. … Continue reading

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The Biggest Surprise from the Super Bowl

Boring, depressing, a complete blowout… call it what you want, but Sunday’s Super Bowl game was the most-watched television show in U.S. history, drawing 111.5 million people on average. That’s a lot of people watching the competition between the top … Continue reading

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