Posts You Should Read

Maybe this will become a semi-regular feature on this blog, maybe it won’t… but here’s a list of blog posts and articles I’ve read (some carefully, some quickly) and found helpful, insightful, convicting, etc.

The Message of the Bible in 221 Words – Here’s an excellent and brief explanation of what the Bible is all about by DA Carson.  If we could all learn how to explain the Story of the Bible in an understandable way that connects the OT & NT I think we’d all be better off… this article will help you begin to do that.

A Call to Remember –  I love Church History, here’s Kevin DeYoung’s explanation why we need to remember our history as Christians.

4 Reasons to Keep Bikini Pictures off FaceBook – This one’s for teen girls and their parents.  The Summer is coming… that means a whole bunch of teen girls will be posting pictures of themselves and their friends in their bathingsuits online for the world to see.  Here are four reasons why that’s not such a good idea.  This one’s worth sharing (probably via private message, posting it on someone’s profile page might come off as a bit judgmental).

Middle School: A Crucial Parenting Moment – This one’s from the Boston Globe, and I’m really thankful for the post.  I often refer to Middle School as the time to fire-proof teenagers, and High School as the time when you need to put fires out.  If teens are fireproofed well in Middle School there will be way fewer fires.  This article says something similar and relates it to sexual behavior and other risky behaviors.  Gone are the days when we can assume Middle Schoolers are too young and innocent to be discussing sex, drugs, etc. with… if we avoid those conversations we all lose.

Parents’ Guide to Kids and Cell Phones – The tagline here is “Everything you need to know before you buy your kid a cell phone.”  This article addresses some really good questions/issues to consider before getting your son/daughter their first cell phone.

The Digital Divide: How the Online Behavior of Teens is Getting Past Parents – This is a PDF produced by McAffee (the internet security program) to help inform parents about their teens’ online behavior.  Wow, there’s a TON of information in here that could be overwhelming, but if we want to know what teenagers are really doing online then we should pay attention!

Hot Topic & Poll: The Reality Behind Sexting

I’m curious to know how many teenagers have either sent or received a “sext” message?

I just read this article from the NY Times, “A Girl’s Nude Photo, and Altered Lives,” telling the story of an 8th grade girl who sent a nude picture of herself to her new boyfriend and the fallout after it got sent out to hundreds of people in her school.  Every parent and student should take 10 minutes to read this article and really wrestle with what it’s saying.  Here are a few quotes from the article above:

“But adults face a hard truth. For teenagers, who have ready access to technology and are growing up in a culture that celebrates body flaunting, sexting is laughably easy, unremarkable and even compelling: the primary reason teenagers sext is to look cool and sexy to someone they find attractive.”

… “But when that sexually explicit image includes a participant — subject, photographer, distributor or recipient — who is under 18, child pornography laws may apply.

“I didn’t know it was against the law,” Isaiah said.

That is because culturally, such a fine distinction eludes most teenagers. Their world is steeped in highly sexualized messages. Extreme pornography is easily available on the Internet. Hit songs and music videos promote stripping and sexting.”

… “The prevalence of under-age sexting is unclear and can often depend on the culture of a particular school or circle of students. An Internet poll conducted for The Associated Press and MTV by Knowledge Networks in September 2009 indicated that 24 percent of 14- to 17-year-olds had been involved in “some type of naked sexting,” either by cellphone or on the Internet. A December 2009 telephone poll from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project found that 5 percent of 14- to 17-year-olds had sent naked or nearly naked photos or video by cellphone, and that 18 percent had received them. Boys and girls send photos in roughly the same proportion, the Pew survey found.”

 

It’s important for us to remember that as terrible as the nude photos are, the real issue we must address is the heart.  God love us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).  We are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).  As Christians, our bodies are the temple of the living God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Parents, is this something you’ve discussed with your teenager?  Do you talk about sexual purity often enough with your teen that some of the awkwardness has worn off and honesty is easier?

Teenagers, how would you feel about your parents looking through your photos and text messages?  Why would you feel like it’s an invasion of privacy?  Is there something that you’re hiding?

 

 

Cell Phone vs. Bible

I got the following as a forwarded email this morning.  Typically, I have a strong dislike for forwards and find most of them super cheesy… but this one made me think:

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several time a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing.
Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.  And no dropped calls!

Makes you stop and think “Where are my priorities?”

What is Cellular Purity?

Below is a great video on the connection between cell phones and pornography, this is a “must watch” for every parent and youth worker!

For more posts on Sexual Purity and Moral Boundaries check these links out:

  • Previous post I’ve written entitled “Struggling against porn
  • Pornography Harms” is the name of a new site devoted to helpful, informative, credible information regarding the harmfulness of pornography.  Great site!
  • Link for Teens: Teens Against Porn – this is a GREAT site that deals with the allure and the effects of pornography while giving you encouragement that you’re not alone and that through Christ you can overcome this temptation!
  • Link for Parents: The Porn Talk – don’t know how to talk to your son or daughter about sex and pornography?  Check this site out for some ideas and resources.