Why Internet Porn is a Bigger Risk Than You Think

One of the areas where the online world continues to grow is pornography. But as younger viewers are seeing more and more explicit and violent images, new research may finally make young men re-think their habits. Today, men under the age of 40 account for 25% of all erectile dysfunction patients – and the number is rising. It’s becoming more and more clear that

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The Need to Perform Well on Social Media

I’m not sure we’re fully comprehending the need some people feel to perform well on social media.  I was upgraded on a flight from Dallas to Los Angeles the other day and sat next to a twenty-something woman who literally spent the entire flight taking selfies.  She must have snapped off 150 or more shots of herself.  She was next to the window, so she experimented with the shade for lighting, fussed with her hair, checked different heights for the camera.  Three and half hours of this.  For many people of all ages,

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Yes Christian Leaders: Radio Still Matters

In a world that’s gone Internet crazy it’s easy to convince churches and ministries about the importance of only using web strategies or social media as evangelism tools. After all, with more than 1.79 billon active users, by population, Facebook is now the largest country in the world, which means it’s time to start sending online missionaries and planting churches in that country. Online evangelism is an easy sell to a new generation of pastors and leaders who have been posting their lives online since childhood. But lost in the Internet frenzy is the power of traditional media – particularly radio.

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Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned from The Salvation Army’s Jim Knaggs

My friend Jim Knaggs is retiring from a long leadership career in The Salvation Army. He finishes his work as the Commissioner for the Western Territory of the United States, and certainly as one of the most respected leaders in this remarkable global organization. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Jim for the last few years as we created The Salvation Army Vision Network – the first “digital street corner” for an organization that was founded by

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Who’s Doing Media Right: The Kingstone Bible

I’m always interested in examples of creative people doing Christian media right, and so I took notice when my friend Larry Ross recently sent me a copy of The Kingstone Bible, a graphic novel version of the Bible from Kingstone Comics based in Florida. It’s currently available in a 3 volume, full color, hardback set that adapts the entire Bible into the form of a graphic novel. A team of 45 artists, all with experience working for Marvel and DC Comics produced the illustrations. The 2,400 page project launched November 1st with a

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France Bans Media Campaign Celebrating Children with Down Syndrome

Starting in 2014, the Jerome Lejeune Foundation in France, produced a short, two and a half minute film called “Dear Future Mom.” It was created in response to a pregnant mom who just discovered her unborn child had Down syndrome. She asked “I’m scared: what kind of life will my child have?” The short film is a powerful set of interviews of children with Down, and a compelling argument for life. Here’s the film:

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A Filmmaker’s Experience in Cuba

Now that the news media is slowing down their coverage of the life and death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, I thought I might post a few thoughts after filming in the country in early 2016. While most of the world seems to agree that he was a brutal dictator (according to CBS News, nearly 20% of the entire population of Cuba has fled the country since the revolution), it was surprising to see how laudatory many world leaders have been about his decades of rule. Some acted as if they were eulogizing a saint. So having traveling to Cuba to film earlier this year, I thought I’d share a few thoughts about what I encountered in the country.

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Culture Watch: Reality is Increasingly Being Confused with Fiction

We live in such a media-driven culture, that it’s growing more and more difficult to distinguish real life from our favorite characters in books, movies, and television programs. There’s growing evidence that younger viewers in particular have difficulty understanding the difference. A good example is a recent psychological study by Andrew Butler where

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