Thank you for sharing this news with me. I really am honored you would entrust me with something so personal. Before I say anything else, I want you to know that I love you and am for you. That was true before you shared this with me and that will continue to be so long … Continue reading Letter to a Gay Student
In our families and in our churches, we are far too often late to the conversation about sexuality with our teenagers and reactionary once we speak up. This should not be the case. The kitchen table and living room are perhaps the best places for this discussion. And the church is called to equip its … Continue reading Teens & Sexuality: Addressing Sexuality with Teenagers
It is easier to see the digital speck in the eyes of others than to see the digital log in my own eye! Serving in student ministry offers a front row seat to the possibilities and dangers of the digital age. I picked up 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke because I want … Continue reading Book Review: 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke
It will soon be Good Friday! Good Friday is the day we remember and rejoice in the death of Christ on the cross for our sins. We can celebrate Good Friday because, in the words of S. M. Lockridge, “Sunday is coming!” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 summarizes the gospel in this way: “For I delivered to … Continue reading Parenting in Light of the Resurrection: 3 Truths to Reflect on this Easter
If what the Bible says about homosexuality is clear, we must also see that it should not stand alone as all that it says to the homosexual. It must be heard within the broader message of God's Word about God's good design for humanity and the good news of Jesus Christ.
What the Bible says about homosexuality must be heard in light of the good news of Jesus Christ. (See also Part 1 and Part 2) Even more foundational than the goodness of God’s design for humanity, what the Bible says about homosexuality must be heard in light of the good news of Jesus Christ. We … Continue reading What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality? – Part 3
As I serve students–all the way from middle school to college–I am more convinced than ever of our need to return to God's Word and to see what it says about homosexuality.
Social media and video games occupy the time of both young and old. Teenagers lead the way in engaging on social media and video game play. However, adults are increasingly active on social media and in the gaming world. These developments are not necessarily all negative. Social media has brought about new ways to stay connected … Continue reading 6 Diagnostic Questions for Social Media and Video Games
Biblical Wisdom for Social Media and Video Games Statistics tell us that the most common forms of media/entertainment among teenagers are: social media and video games. Statistically speaking, girls dominate social media and boys dominate video games. These are not exclusive categories as many guys engage on social media and many girls play video games. A … Continue reading Can We Talk? Social Media, Video Games, and Teenagers – Part 2
This semester we are doing a sermon series entitled: “Can We Talk? Your Questions. Honest Answers. Real Life.” Our desire is to speak to relevant issues facing teenagers today. Some of the topics ahead of us are: social media & video games, homosexuality, gender identity, alcohol/marijuana, friendship & dating, college & career, loneliness & anxiety, … Continue reading Can We Talk? Social Media, Video Games, and Teenagers – Part 1