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

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Since in today’s secular culture, the concept of “morality” is outdated, it’s interesting to see the incredible effort that’s being put into finding a substitute.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?

Whatever You Want to Be: Start Acting Like It


Whatever you want to be in life – novelist, filmmaker, artist, pastor, leader, whatever – there’s one piece of advice I’d give you:  Start acting like it.  Too many people spend years waiting for their opportunity, while successful people step out and do it now. Sure you may not have funding in place, school isn’t finished, you haven’t left your day job, or haven’t picked the right project. But I’ve discovered that

The Secrets to Having More “Eureka!” Moments


Joseph Guinto, writing in the American Airlines magazine, shares the secrets to having better “aha!” moments. I’m a big believer that real, long term creativity is a matter of showing up every day and doing the work. However, there’s no question that “Eureka!” moments happen, and as Guinto says, we can create an atmosphere where they tend to happen more often.  Along with Guinto’s advice, here’s a few keys that have helped me discover more creative breakthroughs:

For Teenagers, “Digital” Celebrities are the Most Influential


Hollywood’s Variety Magazine reports that the most influential celebrities for teenagers are now YouTube stars. In fact, when it comes to their “Q” score, YouTube stars have far more impact on teenagers than major names like Taylor Swift or Johnny Depp. In the Variety list, the only mainstream TV, music, or movie stars to crack the top ten were Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. And the top six positions?

Culture Watch: Why Many Universities are Failing


We wonder why colleges and universities are in such upheaval these days. Soaring costs, spiraling student debt, and more and more difficulty recruiting students. I can’t solve the debt issue, but a recent list of college classes reveals a great deal about why more and more students are simply opting out. Read this list, and you’ll agree that the age of studying great books and ideas is growing more and more extinct: