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The Value of Video Games
"Why should my kids play these things, anyway?"
by Samuel Gronseth II

Our culture (especially our Christian culture) has dedicated a lot of thought and time to why we should avoid video games.

Believe it or not, that is not a good thing.

Imagine someone handing you a copy of one of the classics from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series, but when they do, they make a point of emphasizing that, even though it’s fun to read, it’s ultimately worthless and you should be careful not to waste too much time reading it. No matter how much positive symbolism, moral exploration, or cultural value the books have… it’s “just entertainment.”

JONATHAN'S BLOG: Want a sneak peak?
I just finished a brand new youth ministry book about mobilizing and equipping volunteers for ministry. I turn it in to the publisher in 8 days and would love to get some feedback to make some last minute tweaks before I turn it in.

Anyone want to preview my book this weekend? (UPDATE: I've already had an overwhelming response. I can have 5 more people look at it- but they'd need to be able to read it this weekend and have me comments by Monday at noon.)

The book is a short little resource, just 10,000 words (that's like just 2 to 3 chapters of most of my books), part of a creative new youth ministry set that GROUP Publishing is coming out with early next year. I won't give too much away about the project, but I'll let you know that Greg Stier is writing about evangelism, Marko is writing about parents, I'm writing about volunteers... and a few others are in the mix. Gonna be a nice little resource.

I'd love to get feedback and make any adjustments before I turn it in... so I welcome anyone in ministry who would love to read it this weekend and tell me your honest thoughts. Then I'll gladly give you a free copy of the real book when it comes out in 2015.

Interested? Email me in the next day or two at

Thank you all!!!
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From Sexting to Sex
Sexting and Sex in the Lives of Middle School Students
David R. Smith

We can’t necessarily explain it, but all of us notice it. 6th grade boys avoid girls like the plague…but when they become 7th graders, those same boys do all they can to capture the attention of girls.

Even if that means sending or requesting sexually provocative messages and photos...
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