What to do when you and your teen-aged child have drifted far apart

I'm what they call in Student Ministry a "lifer."  Out of the 38 years I've spent in full-time, vocational ministry, 24 of those years were in Student Ministry.  And, for some reason unknown to me, Christ continues to allow me to minister within the Student Ministry arena.  I affectionately refer to Student Ministry as the … Continue reading What to do when you and your teen-aged child have drifted far apart

Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” is not merely Dark, it’s Dangerous

"Welcome to your tape." If you've had the opportunity to view Netflix's white-hot series, 13 Reasons Why, you'll have no problem understanding the quote cited above.  If you're unfamiliar with the series, it's a 13 part Netflix original fictional series about teenage bullying and suicide.  The series, based on the 2007 book by Jay Asher, … Continue reading Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” is not merely Dark, it’s Dangerous

Outstanding Quote for All Christian Youth Leaders

"Instead of addressing teens’ questions, most church youth groups focus on fun and food. The goal seems to be to create emotional attachment using loud music, silly skits, slapstick games -- and pizza. But the force of sheer emotional experience will not equip teens to address the ideas they will encounter when they leave home … Continue reading Outstanding Quote for All Christian Youth Leaders

You’re a Star! The Movie is “Facebook”. Your role is the Loser.

EVERY PARENT should read this. And then have your teenaged child read it. Although, most teens will say, "It's not that bad," I side with the author. It is that bad, writes psychiatrist, Dr. Keith Ablow. (Just ask the teen to give up all social media for an extended period of time and watch their … Continue reading You’re a Star! The Movie is “Facebook”. Your role is the Loser.