Category Archives: Youth Culture

why STDs are at an unprecedented high

As a guy who has my eyes on these articles every day, I wouldn’t dare suggest one specific cause of this increase in STDs. It’s probably a little messier than that. Sadly, I see a multitude of sources providing misinformation about sexual activity… Continue reading

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The 30 Most Influential Teens

Time has released their annual list of the 30 most influential teens of 2016, and it’s intriguing to see the personalities who are resonating with today’s young people. When you read through the list you’ll probably discover some common denominators. … Continue reading

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A Look at Today’s Top Music… even in Amish PA

I just arrived home from a great weekend with Victory Church in Lancaster, PA. I trained their youth leaders Saturday night, preached in the three morning services, and then taught my Parenting The Smartphone Generation Workshop that night. The church … Continue reading

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Parenting Amish

In the beginning of my book More Than Just the Talk I give an example of speaking in a conservative Mennonite Brethren church in Amish, PA, and listening to parents share stories of the racy content their kids were exposed … Continue reading

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Mom, Can I Have Snapchat?

FIVE CONSIDERATIONS TO PONDER Remember the good ol’ days when our biggest concern was the 3,000+ texts our daughters averaged per month? Sure, young people still text, but with 84% of 12-17-year-old mobile subscribers having smartphones this year… apps are … Continue reading

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Kanye West, MTV and Small Screens

Kanye West debuted his bizarre new music video on the MTV Music Video Awards (VMAs) a week ago… and nobody cared. Until the next day. Then it went viral. The reason is simple: young people are changing the way they … Continue reading

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Contemplating “Suicide Squad”

“Outside you’re amazing, but inside you’re ugly.” “We all are.” (Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad) Imperfection isn’t anything to celebrate. But awareness of your own flaws is a step in the right direction. That’s probably why I enjoyed DC Film’s Suicide … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Use Pokémon Go for Conversations

Everyone is jumping on the Pokémon Go craze… the most viral fad since the Harlem Shake. Every news channel has given their take on it, explaining it play by play, analyzing it’s effect on the work place, even providing tips … Continue reading

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From Disney Star to Vixen

Demi 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, … Continue reading

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The Draw of Nudity

In 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 … Continue reading

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