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Teaching Your Kids Self Control

on January 15, 2019 by

“Choosing to do what you should do, not what you want to do.”

Hero Dad

on January 15, 2019 by

Mother of armed robber shot dead by man defending his children: ‘Why did he shoot him five times?

Tracking Phones?

on January 15, 2019 by

I gave a bounty Hunter $300.  He then located our phone

Want Grateful Kids?

on January 14, 2019 by

Consider owning less

‘Adulting Day’ For Students

on January 14, 2019 by

Teaching high school students responsibilities

Millennials The Burnout Generation?

on January 14, 2019 by

How millennials became the burn our generation

Social Media Linked With Depression...

on January 13, 2019 by

Connection between social media use and depressive symptoms in 14-year-olds, and that connection may be much stronger for girls than boys

Teens Who Hurt Themselves More...

on January 13, 2019 by

Teens who harm themselves are three times more likely to commit violent crimes than those who don’t, a new study reveals

What’s Hot?

on January 12, 2019 by

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies

Gospel Lite In Youth Ministry

on January 8, 2019 by

The gospel is the announcement of grace for sinners through the life, death, resurrection, and eventual return of Jesus Christ

Join The Tech-Wise Family Challenge

on January 8, 2019 by

So over the 21 days of The Tech-Wise Family Challenge, we’ll all get to do some

You Can Lock Your Kid’s Phone...

on January 8, 2019 by

For parents who are worried their kids are ignoring their texts, one dad has developed a phone app to make it impossible

What Do Our Youth Need Most?

on January 7, 2019 by

A kid in pain… do I craft a lesson around emotional pain and how Jesus can be salve for…

Do “Something” In The New Year

on January 7, 2019 by

I don’t know if you are like me, but I enjoy blowing stuff up….

Aquaman

on January 7, 2019 by

It’s also a comic book movie where the heroes are truly heroic

What’s Hot?

on January 6, 2019 by

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies

Good Sleep….Healthier Teens

on January 6, 2019 by

Regular bedtimes and adequate sleep during childhood may contribute toward a healthy weight in the teen years

Pot Problems

on January 6, 2019 by

Pot’s increasing potency could make it more likely that toking will interfere with users’ lives

The end of the year

on December 31, 2018 by

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.

Resolutions and goals

on December 31, 2018 by

So I have to ask, What are your youth ministry goals this year?

Flashback: Make Your Goals Happen...

on December 31, 2018 by

Dream about what could and should be happening in your ministry.

3 REVERSE CULTURE TRENDS FOR 2019

on December 30, 2018 by

Pop culture tends to change at the speed of light. As soon as we begin to take hold of a rising trend,…

WHAT YOUTH MINISTRY IS NOT ABOUT

on December 30, 2018 by

I will have been in youth ministry for 40 years. Wisdom, I believe, teaches us what to value and not value.

MOST POPULAR BLOG POSTS FROM 2018

on December 30, 2018 by

The #ysblog went through and found the most popular blog posts from 2018. Wondering what the top posts were from 2018? Check…

What’s Hot?

on December 28, 2018 by

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies

Heavy Screen Time Appears To Impact...

on December 28, 2018 by

“avoid digital media use—except video chatting—in children younger than 18 to 24 months”

Screen Time Study Shows Differences...

on December 28, 2018 by

Some children who spent more time on smartphones and other devices exhibited a different brain pattern than kids with less screen time

Benefits Of High School Later Start...

on December 28, 2018 by

A new study finds that children not only log healthier levels of sleep, they also perform at a higher level in the…

Parents Warned Of Teen Online...

on December 26, 2018 by

A FBI report concluded that sextortion is a major, if not underlying, factor for child victims committing suicide

Teen Exposes Man Who Asked For...

on December 26, 2018 by

Justin Crawley, was arrested after a teenage girl exposed their social media conversations where the suspect repeatedly asked for nudes and sex

Focus

on December 26, 2018 by

Don’t try to get out of a situation but seek to grow through it

A Very Social Christmas

on December 26, 2018 by

A humorous reminder that our connectedness can sometimes get in the way of actually connecting. This Christmas, don’t be social, be social

 

Christmas “Time flies”

on December 25, 2018 by

Don’t miss it. You will blink. . . and they will be older. And that’s why our tree this year reminds me…

Depression In Adolescents And Young...

on December 25, 2018 by

Are phones and social media to blame?

Study: The Effects Of Screen Times...

on December 25, 2018 by

60 Minutes goes inside a landmark government study of young minds to see if phones, tablets and other screens are impacting adolescent…

The Presence Of God In Our Anxiety

on December 24, 2018 by

“Studies indicate that when we suffer mental illness alone, the results can be tragic, even horrific. When we suffer inside

From The Gen Z Perspective

on December 24, 2018 by

Conversations between my peers are often peppered with jokes of self-harm, anorexia, and suicide

Why Are Young People Having So...

on December 24, 2018 by

Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession

‘Hail Mary’ Pass Helps Win...

on December 23, 2018 by

In one of the most amazing plays you will EVER see!

Family Famous For Cringeworthy...

on December 23, 2018 by

Mike Bergeron and his wife Laura, both 45, started making the funny cards in 2003 to poke fun at their friends

Alexa: ‘Kill Your Foster...

on December 23, 2018 by

Amazon’s Alexa talks murder, sex in AI experiment

The Parenting Marathon

on December 22, 2018 by

Eight Ways to Persevere in the Parenting Marathon

Belong: Religious Upbringing Better...

on December 22, 2018 by

Children who had a religious upbringing are likely to be healthier and have a higher degree of well-being in early adulthood than…

Sleep Study: How Can We Improve A...

on December 22, 2018 by

One sleep study may have a simple answer…

How To Speak To Middle Schoolers

on December 21, 2018 by

Concerned about translating the gospel into the (foreign, treacherous) culture of Jr High

10 Reasons Middle Schoolers Are...

on December 21, 2018 by

Middle schoolers tend to get a bad rap because they come with many challenges

Changes In Youth Ministry

on December 21, 2018 by

How To Make Successful Changes In Youth Ministry

Woody Allen’s Secret Teen...

on December 19, 2018 by

Sex, Power and a Conflicted Muse Who Inspired ‘Manhattan’

Barbie Same-Sex wedding Set

on December 19, 2018 by

Couple working with Mattel on Barbie same-sex wedding set

Soaring Suicides And Toxic Social...

on December 19, 2018 by

Soaring suicides are another sign of our toxic social disconnect

More U.S. Teens Are Vaping, But&...

on December 18, 2018 by

More U.S. Teens Are Vaping, But Use of Opioids, Alcohol Falls

More Teens Try Pot Before Booze,...

on December 18, 2018 by

Rebellious teens used to reach for cigarettes or alcohol. Now, marijuana is increasingly their first choice, a new study reveals.

Girl’s Inoperable Brain Tumor...

on December 18, 2018 by

….Doctors can’t explain it

Why ‘Passing On The Faith’...

on December 16, 2018 by

The church needs to be—a community that calls our young adults into the body, not as passive recipients, but as active members

Why Young People Leave The Church&...

on December 16, 2018 by

How Apologetics Can Address the Six Reasons Why Young People Leave the Church

Why Many Youth Pastors Don’t Make...

on December 16, 2018 by

I believe the following four principles capture a biblically grounded vision of what ministry to youth should entail

The Landscape Of Youth Ministry

on December 11, 2018 by

Here are 5 ways that youth ministry has changed since 1995

Teen Loneliness

on December 11, 2018 by

Much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them

How To Be A Good Grandparent Over...

on December 11, 2018 by

4 Ways To Be A Good Grandparent Over The Holidays

The Strange Phenomenon Of L.O.L....

on December 10, 2018 by

“Mystery” toys that kids peel open and cast aside speak volumes about consumer culture

Teachable Moments

on December 10, 2018 by

Why the Movie “Eighth Grade” Is Great for Digital Citizenship

 

Helping Parents Who Have Lost A...

on December 10, 2018 by

Book: “Cameron Cole candidly offers practical and biblical advice for those who mourn in Therefore I Have Hope

Christmas Without A Total Meltdown

on December 9, 2018 by

7 Ways To Get to Christmas Without a Total Meltdown

20 Memorable Family Christmas...

on December 9, 2018 by

Traditions are important for families because they provide opportunities to keep your family legacy going

America Is Addicted To Outrage

on December 9, 2018 by

But the greatest casualty of outrage may be judgment itself

Principal On Leave After Banning...

on December 8, 2018 by

Historically, the shape is a “J” for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol…

What is Tumblr?

on December 8, 2018 by

Parent and Teacher Guide (Video)

Tumblr 18+ Content Ban Reviewed

on December 8, 2018 by

Tumblr 18+ Content Ban Causes Rise In Pedophilia On Twitter!?

Family Meals Make For Teens Who Eat...

on December 7, 2018 by

Teens and young adults who ate with their family more tended to eat more fruits and vegetables and less fast or takeout…

How High School Football Changes...

on December 7, 2018 by

A single season of high school football may be enough to cause structural changes to a teen’s brain

Better Sleep Can Improve College...

on December 7, 2018 by

As the college semester nears the end, an innovative experiment has shown the benefits of averaging eight hours of sleep for five…

Manufacturers Lack Of Labors Are...

on December 5, 2018 by

I’m 17 years old I have more training than most 30-year-olds. When I graduate, I’ll have a job. “It feels like I’m actually…

Top Bible Verses Of 2018 Deal With...

on December 5, 2018 by

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I…

Flashback: How God’s Word...

on December 5, 2018 by

The “JESUS” film has been used in 7.5 billion gospel presentations. It is the most watched movie in history

What Kids Brag About On Social...

on December 3, 2018 by

We need to be aware of the temptation to indulge pride in front of our real and imagined online audience

Why 12 Year Olds Shouldn’t...

on December 3, 2018 by

5 Reasons Why 12 Year Olds Shouldn’t Have Social Media

Teens’ Social Media Habits and...

on December 3, 2018 by

Teens….express concern that these sites lead to drama and social pressure

School Blocks Chick-fil-A As Dining...

on December 2, 2018 by

Rider understands some may view the decision as a “form of exclusion.” wanted to be “faithful to our values of inclusion.”

Sex, Love, And Science

on December 2, 2018 by

While sex clearly belongs in this category- so does the relationship between science and faith. But first, Love

Grad Student Asked To Move Out Over...

on December 2, 2018 by

Harvard grad student told to move out after roommates find her legally owned firearms ‘uncomfortable’

One in Five U.S. High School...

on December 1, 2018 by

More than 20 percent of high school students use electronic cigarettes, risking nicotine addiction, lung damage and the temptation to try traditional…

Don’t Suppress Negative...

on December 1, 2018 by

New research contradicts the commonplace advice to avoid showing conflict and strong negative emotions around one’s children. It may be better to…

What’s Hot?

on December 1, 2018 by

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies

Keeping Students Committed To...

on November 30, 2018 by

You can’t be a serious-about-faith-and-nurture parent, youth worker, pastor, or educator and not be concerned.

Gen Z Is Coming To Your Office

on November 30, 2018 by

The generation now entering the workforce is sober, industrious and driven by money. They are also socially awkward and timid about taking…

Makeup Brand Targets Girls Aged...

on November 30, 2018 by

Petite ‘n Pretty: The Makeup Brand Winning Over Gen Z Influencers

Teens: Leave Us Alone Social Media...

on November 30, 2018 by

Mostly, kids are using social media to brag and talk about their families

What Is Silent Disco All About...

on November 28, 2018 by

Noise restrictions? Amplified sound ordinances? These are things of the past. Take back your musical freedom and throw an event anywhere your…

Silent Disco Makes Social...

on November 28, 2018 by

Dancing alone together is a ‘perfect metaphor’ for modern society

The State Of Sacred Dialogue

on November 28, 2018 by

a  free Barna research sample of Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age

Unleashing youth as co-participants...

on November 27, 2018 by

5 Essentials to help unleash the passion and creativity of young people in your church

Don’t miss these holiday...

on November 27, 2018 by

A gift for your church, your ministry, and your home

Flashback: Why Youth Ministry…...

on November 27, 2018 by

Accurate beliefs come only from Scripture-centered ministry and spirituality.

Are Sugar-Sweetened Drinks...

on November 26, 2018 by

According to a new study involving teen participants, sugar-sweetened beverages may be quite addictive and can lead to withdrawal symptoms when a…

Parents Should Have Ongoing Talks...

on November 26, 2018 by

When it comes to your teens, one vague and generic conversation about sex is not enough.

What’s Hot?

on November 26, 2018 by

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies

Canada’s Mixed Pot Message To...

on November 24, 2018 by

Marijuana is legal now, but please don’t smoke it

More Suicide Attempts linking To &...

on November 24, 2018 by

A survey of youths at high risk of suicide found that half had watched at least one episode of the Netflix series

Wives, Porn And Busy Church Leaders

on November 24, 2018 by

Here’s some steps to help you grow in wise, effective pastoral care for a hurting wife

Books For Parents

on November 23, 2018 by

Jonathan McKee is the author of over 20 books to parents, teenagers, and youth workers