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Bottoms at the Top
Popular Music Focuses on Female Assets
David R. Smith

One of the top songs atop this week’s chart is titled Booty. No, it’s not about pirate treasure or spoils of war. Another song is called All About That Bass; it’s not about sound systems or types of guitars.

Both are about girl’s butts…and both are incredibly popular.

2014 has already produced some...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: Sexual Consent... App?
We’ve seen apps helping people hook up, apps for people who just want to “cuddle”… I guess it’s no surprise that now some college students will rely on an app for sexual consent.

In a world where laws are emerging requiring mutual “affirmative consent” in attempt to prevent or reduce sexual abuse, miscommunication or regretted sexual activities, I guess I should have guessed this app would surface.

The app is called Good to Go, and it is already drawing criticism. The app targets college-age adults in an attempt to create a pause before sexual activity so that both parties can agree to what is about to take place. Here’s the YouTube ad for the app:

When one of my readers, Tom, forwarded me information about this app, I found myself shaking my head for multiple reasons. But as a researcher of youth culture, I found the app fascinating, yet another exhibit of evidence that today’s young people are growing increasingly dependent on technology for communication… even about the important stuff.

It’s one of my growing concerns about this generation. Screen time replacing face-to-face time. The inability to understand social cues during interpersonal communication. A decline in intimate friendships.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen young people choosing screens for important communication. In my book Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, I highlighted an intriguing study where doctors compared face-to-face dialogue to communication through screens. In this study, researchers observed the effectiveness of doctors using computers to collect data from teenagers because “young people will type more on a screen than they will share face-to-face.” Doctors surveyed teenagers about subjects such as self-injury or feelings of depression. In face-to-face interviews, 52 percent of the students responded. That number went up to 69 percent when students could use a computer to respond.

“A teenager who is sad and maybe even considering suicide may be reluctant to tell a doctor about life-threatening troubles. But the same teenager is far more likely to tell a computer a secret that he or she would be hesitant to share with even a close friend, much less a clinician who may be a friend of the family.” (ABC News)

If teens are much more comfortable with screens, then maybe an app catalyzing important conversations isn’t such a huge leap.

What’s next? The will you marry me app? (Or, sadly, and more likely, the will you cohabitate with me app?)img class="alignright wp-image-8580 size-full" src="" alt="More-Than-Just-The-Talk-BLOG" width="150" height="204" />

What is your reaction?


Season 2, Episode 13—Beside the Dying Fire
Is this what Jesus meant by resurrection of the dead? Hershel and Rick bring it up in this week’s Season 2 Finale’ of The Walking Dead. This week we saw the true devastation “a herd” could bestow. Utter chaos swept

Some kids are too cool to do anything.  Part peacock, part pubescent, their pride gets the best of them at almost every turn... NOT these kids.

My kids will laugh at silly jokes.  They eat Happy Meals.  They watch kiddie shows and are unashamed.  They wear cat ears, 3D glasses with the lenses taken out, and give themselves names like Batman, Nightwing, and Doctor Wolverine (that name is mine, by the way). They are nerds…to the EXTREME.  So of course, we get along JUST FINE.  

Nowhere is this hardcore geekiness more evident than at our awesome new boys group, Guys and Fries Thursday. Every week I meet a small group of junior high 6th and 7th grade guys at McDonald’s to eat french fries, play card games, and talk about important life topics. We build mountains of french fries and use ketchup packets to make them into volcanoes (or we would if the kids actually ATE KETCHUP with their fries). Last week we had an epic battle of slapjack and used the parable of the unforgiving servant to discuss the topic of forgiveness. We also went off on rabbit trails, leading to one kid talking for ten minutes about the best way to get out of a cave. After all, these are junior high school boys, so focusing is always an issue.  Many have the attention span of a 6-week-old-puppy in a field filled with butterflies.  

And that’s on a good day.        

And yet, in spite of the silliness and beneath the crazy laughter, coupled with the random card games and the nerdy times, there are real Gospel truths being presented, and barriers, like walls, that are tumbling down.  

See, some of these kids you’d never spot worshiping in the youth room at your church on a Sunday morning.  But campus ministry is a different animal altogether:  With us, atheists mingle with Christians, agnostics with Mormons, Jews with Muslims.

And that’s Youth for Christ/Campus Life at its best. That’s what we can be: A haven for people who do not know the Gospel; a place where kids can go to just be themselves. We gather representatives from various tribes, tongues, and nations together in one room to learn stories, build relationships, and point kids to Jesus Christ.  

This is just the beginning of what we’re doing here at a Sacramento suburb middle school.  In less than a school year, we’ve launched a successful weekly Monday Campus Life club, a guys group, and continue to build contacts within the community, all while maintaining a breakfast club that regularly sees an average of 120 students every Friday (we’ve written about that before in this column).

How are you reaching the campus near you?

Movie Reviews and Quick Q's:
22 Jump Street (6/13/2014)

Posted on October 10/1/2014, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Video Game Reviews @
Crimson Dragon

Posted on October 10/1/2014, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Music Discussions:
Am I Wrong?

Posted on September 9/4/2014, 2014 at 12:00 AM
YouTube Discussion Starters:
The Death of Robin Williams

Posted on August 8/15/2014, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Outreach Resource of the Week RSS Feed

Bad things are going to happen to all of us eventually. But for those of us who have built our lives on rock instead of sand, we won’t fall when the storms rage. That’s the point behind this resource from our MUSIC DISCUSSIONS page.

The Song: “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato
At one time, Demi Lovato was Disney’s next meal ticket. She was the lead character on Sonny With a Chance, the show that Disney execs hoped would replace Miley Cyrus’ world-famous Hannah Montanawhich 

Spiritual Growth Resource of the Week RSS Feed
Gifted Hands

Each student has unique character flaws and they must surrender them to God in order to live new life in Christ. This resource from our MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSIONS page shows them exactly how to do that.

The Movie Clip: Take this temper away! 
Gifted Hands is an inspirational and true story covering Ben Carson’s troubled childhood through his rise to prominence in the medical field. Under the guidance 

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