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5 Days of Get Your Teenager Talking- DAY 5

Each day in my blog this week I have given you a little somethin’ you can use to provoke meaningful conversations with young people. (Click here for Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, or Thursday’s.) My brand new book, Get Your Teenager Talking … Continue reading

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On the Road with Mom and Dad

Eleven days, ten nights… over a week on the road with Mom and Dad. Poor Ashley! Ashley is my 16-year-old, and for the last six days, she’s been in five cars, one plane, four hotels and three states with Lori … Continue reading

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The Naked Truth

Tonight I speak to a few hundred middle school kids about sex at an event at a church near Chicago called The Naked Truth. I’m really proud of this church for addressing this subject so candidly with families, a subject … Continue reading

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Teen Social Media Hookup Culture Unveiled

My Twitter followers saw me link an article Tuesday morning I described as the most accurate article I’ve ever read about today’s social media hookup culture. It’s a day later, and I stand my ground. Don’t misinterpret my words: I’m … Continue reading

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shortest post ever

On layover flight in LA… tired. Jet lagged. Looking at my speaking schedule… really excited about teaching at all three STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES with Doug Fields this Summer (Dallas, SoCal, and Philly)… check it out: http://slc2013.com/ Also excited about our … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons Why Growing Up in the 80′s Ruled!

Ever just feel like ranting? I’m in a ranting mood. And as a child of the 80′s (well… that’s when I was a teenager anyway), I miss those good ol’ days. So here’s my top 10 list of why it … Continue reading

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Greg Stier on “Real Conversations”

When I think of evangelism, I think of my buddy Greg Stier. Greg is the type of guy who can start a conversation with a cab driver, and the guy will put his trust in Christ before dropping off Greg … Continue reading

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Who is Watching the MTV Movie Awards This Sunday and Why?

The MTV Movie Awards airs this Sunday night, a television event that is always over-the-top raunchy and irreverent, chock full of every celeb imaginable, and consequently, sure to attract enough teens and tweens to make it one of the most … Continue reading

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A Few Open Spots

It never fails…I finish speaking in some city, and two days later I get an email, “I wish I knew you were going to be here! I would have come heard you speak!” I love meeting my readers around the … Continue reading

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Spot On about Sex

A little while ago I devoted five days of this blog to talking about, “talking about sex”…in explicit detail. Simply put: youth workers and parents often neglect talking about this subject and our kids are forced to figure it out … Continue reading

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