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Abuse Of Faith

on February 15, 2019 by

Investigation reveals 700  victims of southern Baptist  sexual abuse over 20 years

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Teens Editing Themselves

on February 14, 2019 by

A photo series has shown the lengths some young people go to to edit their appearance before posting pictures on social media

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Why We Ought To Reimagine Youth Ministry

on February 13, 2019 by

If we don’t reach our kids with the gospel by middle school, we have already lost our chance

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Teen Convicted In Text Suicide Case Headed To Jail

on February 13, 2019 by

Involuntary manslaughter conviction where an absent defendant, with words alone, encouraged another person to commit suicide

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What’s Hot

on February 10, 2019 by

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

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Supervised Aerobics May Hasten Teen Athletes’ Concussion Recovery

on February 8, 2019 by

Teen athletes who sustained sports-related concussions recovered more quickly when they engaged in a supervised aerobic exercise regimen

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13-Year-Old Boy Committed Suicide After Being Bullied

on February 6, 2019 by

Martin was tormented on the school bus over his weight, glasses and braces in the months leading to his death

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Going Deeper….

on February 4, 2019 by

“If you know me, you know I…. but if you reallyknew me, you’d know…”I gave them an example

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Bivocational Youth Ministry

on February 3, 2019 by

Being a bivocational youth ministry worker comes with a unique set of challenges—like two bosses, two workplace

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Same-Gender Friendships Key To Romantic Relationships

on February 2, 2019 by

Skills such as stability, assertiveness, intimacy, and social competence–that correspond most closely to the skills needed for success in adult romantic relationships.

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What Teenagers Need From Us More Than Anything Else….Belong

on January 31, 2019 by

Our kids need a wall of support that doesn’t withdraw or abandon them. Even when they withdraw from us—

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How Hard It Is to Parent a Teen?

on January 30, 2019 by

I need to be honest about how there are times when I don’t even recognize my own children and how lonely that…

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5 Dangerous Apps Parents Don’t Know Teens Use

on January 29, 2019 by

Parenting a teen has never been an easy feat, but in today’s digital age, tracking a teen’s behavior has become almost impossible

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Parents Can Now Monitor Teens With GPS Ankle Bracelets

on January 28, 2019 by

Runaways, kids doing drugs or skipping school, or teenagers getting mixed up with the wrong crowd

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Millennials’ Depression Rise With Social Media Use

on January 26, 2019 by

Millennials struggling with depression aren’t being helped by their use of  social media

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Podcast For Parents: Mom, Dad, What’s Sex?

on January 25, 2019 by

Parents who want to give their kids a healthy view of sex centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ

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Note To My Younger Youth Worker Self: Part 2

on January 22, 2019 by

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Note To My Younger Youth Worker Self: Part 1

on January 22, 2019 by

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“EIGHTH GRADE” FILM

on January 20, 2019 by

“EIGHTH GRADE” FILM: A YOUTHWORKER ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION

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Teens Who Attend Church Often Stop Going As Young Adults

on January 17, 2019 by

Two-thirds of American Christian teenagers who regularly attend worship at a Protestant congregation for at least a year quit going for at…

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Pot Altered The Brain After One Time Use

on January 17, 2019 by

More teens are vaping pot because it seems safer

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Family Relationships Over Ministery

on January 16, 2019 by

Because I am in ministry, I’ve gotten my vocation mixed up with my relationships in Marriage, Children and God

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Tracking Phones?

on January 15, 2019 by

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

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‘Adulting Day’ For Students

on January 14, 2019 by

Teaching high school students responsibilities

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Teens Who Hurt Themselves More Likely To Hurt Others

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

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You Can Lock Your Kid’s Phone Until They Reply Back

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

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Pot Problems

on January 6, 2019 by

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

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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.

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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.

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Parents Warned Of Teen Online Sextortion Dangers

on December 26, 2018 by

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

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Depression In Adolescents And Young Adults Is Rising

on December 25, 2018 by

Are phones and social media to blame?

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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

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Family Famous For Cringeworthy Christmas Cards

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

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10 Reasons Middle Schoolers Are Awesome

on December 21, 2018 by

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

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Barbie Same-Sex wedding Set

on December 19, 2018 by

Couple working with Mattel on Barbie same-sex wedding set

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More Teens Try Pot Before Booze, Cigarettes

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.

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Why Young People Leave The Church….Belong

on December 16, 2018 by

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

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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

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Teachable Moments

on December 10, 2018 by

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

 

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20 Memorable Family Christmas Traditions

on December 9, 2018 by

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

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What is Tumblr?

on December 8, 2018 by

Parent and Teacher Guide (Video)

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How High School Football Changes Teen Brain

on December 7, 2018 by

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

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Top Bible Verses Of 2018 Deal With Fear

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…

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Why 12 Year Olds Shouldn’t Have Social Media

on December 3, 2018 by

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

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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

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Keeping Students Committed To Christ And The Church…Belong

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.

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What Is Silent Disco All About Anyway?

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…

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More Suicide Attempts linking To “13 Reasons Why”

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

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Who Is Gen Z?

on November 23, 2018 by

In Gen Z Lab we’ve gathered thought leaders to help you understand the unique challenges facing Gen Z and equip you to…

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U.K: Child Gambler Epidemic

on November 22, 2018 by

Experts blame the explosion of TV advertisements for the sharp rise

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Pot Linked To Teen Psychosis

on November 21, 2018 by

Psychosis describes the mental condition of losing touch with reality, such as experiencing hallucinations or delusions

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Kids With Disabilities Face Many Challenges In Church?

on November 20, 2018 by

Children with certain types of chronic health conditions are much less likely to attend religious services —

 

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Parents Can Curb Kids’ Materialism

on November 17, 2018 by

Higher levels of gratitude are associated with lower levels of materialism in adolescents across a wide range of demographic groups,

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How To Talk To Your Son About Sex

on November 16, 2018 by

The last thing you want is for your son’s first discussions about sex to come from anyone else

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68% Have Quit/Taken A Break From Social Media…

on November 15, 2018 by

She Decided To Quit Instagram This Year. Had Also Helped Create It

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More US Kids Get Paralyzing Illness, Cause Is Still Unknown

on November 14, 2018 by

This year, there have been 90 cases spread among 27 states

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Social Media Detox For Your Teen Or Tween

on November 13, 2018 by

How to host a social media detox for your teen or tween

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Almost Half Of U.S. Births Happen Outside Marriage

on November 12, 2018 by

Signaling cultural and economic shifts that are here to stay

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5 Questions Parents Are Asking About Teens Digital Media

on November 9, 2018 by

If you’re a parent of a preschooler or a parent of a college student, I’m pretty sure some of the questions we…

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American Meritocracy Is Killing Youth Sports

on November 8, 2018 by

When these kids move to the travel team, you pull bodies out of the local town’s recreation league,

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Book: How ‘Diversity Ideology’ Killed The University

on November 7, 2018 by

“The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture.”

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Parenting Lessons From The Christopher Robin Movie

on November 6, 2018 by

3 Unusual Things the Christopher Robin Movie Taught Me About Parenting

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Navigating Emotional Teenagers

on November 5, 2018 by

If you let your emotions lead when navigating your emotional teenager, you will likely cause them to shut down further.

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Flashback: “Riverdale” Oversexualizes Teenage Characters

on November 4, 2018 by

but there needs to be a balance of the real-world issues…beyond the fantastical and downright inappropriate

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Many Teens Are ‘Sextortion’ Targets

on November 3, 2018 by

Parents of teens can add “sextortion” to the list of things to worry about, because a new study shows that 5 percent…

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Digital Radio Theatre: The Legend of Squanto

on November 2, 2018 by

But few hear the story of the condemnation that dragged him outside America to a life in chains and what he discovered…

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Homeschooling could be the smartest way to teach kids

on November 1, 2018 by

Here are 5 reasons why

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The Benefits Of Trust And Communication With Your Teens

on October 30, 2018 by

Teen anxiety and depression more likely in kids who don’t trust or communicate with parents

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Flashback: Why Youth Stay In Church When They Grow Up

on October 30, 2018 by

It is converted students who go on to love Jesus and serve the church.

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Parents Can Curb Kids’ Materialism

on October 28, 2018 by

Parents who are worried about their kids being materialistic can curb these tendencies by fostering gratitude for the things and people in…

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Johnny Depp Booted From ‘Pirates

on October 28, 2018 by

“I think Jack Sparrow will be his legacy. It’s the character he dresses up in to visit children in hospitals

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Tensions With My Senior Pastor

on October 27, 2018 by

You making an effort to show him that you support HIM will show him that he has your loyalty

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Book: Your Teenager Is Not Crazy

on October 27, 2018 by

Understanding Your Teen’s Brain Can Make You a Better Parent

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Wise Words For Busy People

on October 25, 2018 by

Ever had a busy season in your life?  I’ve found that this fall has been an extremely busy time

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Ministering To Your Grandkids

on October 24, 2018 by

4 Things I want to be for my grandkids

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Growing Up With Alexa

on October 22, 2018 by

The first four words my toddler understood were “mom,” “dad,” “cat” and “Alexa.”

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Why Rites Of Passage Are Clutch

on October 21, 2018 by

It is only in looking backwards that I can understand that these rites were not in place to torture me; they were…

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Racist “Gas Station Gail”

on October 19, 2018 by

The manager of a station called the police on a group of children and parents who had stopped in to purchase drinks

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Pornography Is Destructive

on October 15, 2018 by

How to have an impact for conversations  with students about porn

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How To Create A climate Of Connection..Belong

on October 12, 2018 by

Kids actually forgive all kinds of programmatic mediocrity if they are certain they belong

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Teaching Theology To kids

on October 12, 2018 by

Theology, done well, must inevitably result in doxology, and we shouldn’t be satisfied with less just because we’re teaching children

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4 Ways To Respond To Pornography

on October 11, 2018 by

The average age a child is exposed to pornography is 8

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Rare, Polio-Like Paralyzing Disorder Affecting Children

on October 8, 2018 by

Between August 2014 and August 2018, the CDC received 362 cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

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The Rise of “Strangely Unsexy” Instagram Exhibitionism

on October 7, 2018 by

….And Why It Hurts Women

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Book: Doing Life With Your Adult Children

on October 6, 2018 by

Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out

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Is Your Ministry Empathetic Towards Parents?

on October 5, 2018 by

By recognizing these realities we can build a compassion that enables us to serve parents effectively. To then show that compassion and…

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Helping Teens Navigate The Drama

on October 4, 2018 by

The way a preteen values those friendships may be one of the greatest transitions of this phase.

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Starting A Youth Ministry

on October 4, 2018 by

(Pioneering advice from 15 youthworkers)

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Where Is National Youth Ministries And Conferences?

on October 1, 2018 by

“We don’t just do these big Jesus camps where kids get all jacked up”

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Screen Time = Dumb Time?

on September 30, 2018 by

Kids with the sharpest intellects spent less than two hours a day on their cellphones, tablets and computers, coupled with 9 to…

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Flashback: True Grit

on September 28, 2018 by

Grit “is a function of your ability to cope.” When a hard thing happens, grit is the engine that drives perseverance

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“It’s The Unintended Consequences Of Social Media.”

on September 27, 2018 by

“The short attention span we’re creating in this millennium is actually very dangerous,” said Soon-Shiong, the new owner of the Los Angeles…

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Teen Sex: STDs At A Record High… Again

on September 25, 2018 by

Your response to 4-years-in-a-row of STD’s at a record high

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Five Reasons People Leave The Church

on September 24, 2018 by

When our faith stands on anything other than Christ, we put ourselves (and others) in position to fall

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“Sexy” Handmaid’s Tale Costume Has Been Removed

on September 24, 2018 by

An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say. However…

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Meet The ‘Lawnmower Parent….

on September 22, 2018 by

The new helicopter parents of 2018

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Navigating Screen Time And Device Distractions

on September 21, 2018 by

54% of U.S. teens say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and two-thirds of parents express concern over their teen’s…

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Sleep-deprived teen

on September 20, 2018 by

Fifty-six percent of parents of teens who have sleep troubles believe the use of electronics is hurting their child’s shut-eye.

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4 Ways To Partner With Parents

on September 19, 2018 by

… (even when you aren’t one)

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Divorce Is Hard Enough On Children

on September 18, 2018 by

Why are our courts making it worse?