Category Archives: Youth Culture

The drawbacks of constant connectivity

Millennials don’t have the coping mechanisms to deal with stress, because when life is hard, they turn to their phone. Continue reading

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A Peek Inside the Top Music of 2016

This year there were 11 No. 1’s with break ups and hook ups, drugs and alcohol, musical legends and unknown newbies. 2016’s most popular songs were marked by tremendous diversity in theme, genre, and artists. Continue reading

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It Ain’t My Fault

If there is no actual truth, what are you gonna tell the young girl who just got her blood test back? “Don’t worry, chlamydia is only true if it’s true for you. Oh… and sorry, but you can’t have children.” Continue reading

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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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