Are Mobile Devices and Social Media Turning Our Kids into Zombies?

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In today’s technological age, everyone is worried that their children are becoming digital zombies. We have a precious granddaughter who’s a year and a half, but we’ve noticed that when we turn on the TV, she becomes locked in, as if she’s hypnotized. I read a study recently that reveals 8th graders typically check social media 100 times a day. But there’s never been any actual research to support our worries. But now,

Did Christian Artists Sell-Out To Become “Family Friendly?”

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If you’ve ever spent much time in art museums – particularly in Europe – you know that much of the greatest Christian art of the past was anything BUT “family friendly.” Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath for instance. Powerful painting, raw, and violent. The most amazing thing about the piece is that it’s a self-portrait, and yet Caravaggio painted himself not as the hero, but as Goliath. As if he understood

Leaders who Confuse Being Transparent with Being Qualified


This post occurred to me when I was reading Tim Challies review of the book “Accidental Saints” by Nadia Bolz-Weber (and it’s a excellent review). He was describing his perspective on reading about her life and ministry when he said, “Somehow she equates transparency with suitability, as if her abundance of flaws, foibles, and outright sin serve as a résumé, as if they are evidence of godliness.” The line “she equates transparency with suitability” stopped me in my tracks – especially in light of

Can You Survive In A Headline Society?


The President of Fox News, Roger Ailes, calls today’s culture a “headline society.” We now live on short, direct, and to the point soundbites. Certainly it’s not the way we’d like it to be, but the truth is, if you’re a professional communicator, giving a presentation, making a speech, or writing copy for advertising, websites, or other media, you need to think

Should I Be Careful with “Branding Experts?”


When I wrote my book “Branding Faith” in 2008, the word “branding” had hardly been uttered inside a church or other Christian organization. In fact, the amount of criticism I endured just trying to start the conversation was enormous. People just didn’t want to believe the power of perception or identity and the role it played in getting people to listen to your message, buy your product, or donate to your cause.  But since that time, things have changed, and

How to Spot the Best Leader in the Room


I’ve worked with national level leaders and creative people for a long time and sometimes I’ll be with a group I haven’t met personally. In those situations I’m always curious about who has the most experience, knowledge, wisdom, and vision, because that’s the person I want to get to know. And I’ve discovered a method that’s almost foolproof for quickly discovering that person within the group:

How To Be a Successful Event Panelist


Panels are a common event at conferences and seminars today, and yet few people really know how to maximize the opportunity to speak on a panel. The best thing about a panel is that you have to chance to hear from 3-5 experts on an issue. The worst thing is that you have those 3-5 people on the panel. In other words, with up to 5 people (and a host) featured on a typical hour panel session, with introductions and a closing figured in, each person only gets 10 minutes or less to share their expertise with the audience.  So panels can be tricky and difficult to manage.  But if you’re ever asked to speak on a conference panel, here’s a few tips that will help you maximize that opportunity:

Breaking News: Young People Prefer Streaming Television

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Recently, Variety Magazine reported that for audiences 8-18, streaming TV is the favorite entertainment delivery option.  Even more than video games, young people today are watching streaming video. However (and this is a big however) watching LIVE TV is still what they spend the most time doing. Here’s the breakdown of viewing habits:

What Happens When Contracts Replace Personal Morality


Since in today’s secular culture, the concept of “morality” is outdated, it’s interesting to see the incredible effort that’s being put into finding a substitute. Enter the Affirmative Consent Project. In an effort to defeat the supposed “rape culture” on U.S. college campuses, this organization is suggesting couples in love should have a contract. Among other things, they suggest the couple take a selfie to document their decision to hook up – just in case you get into court later. After all, if personal morality doesn’t exist, how else do we protect women?