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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
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all!!!
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OFFSITE ARTICLES JONATHAN HAS READ THIS WEEK:
Talking with your kids about porn, sharks... and bad words
Posted on July 7/23/2014, 2014 at 08:20 AM
Australian study shows increase in depression in teens in 12 countries, especially girls
Posted on July 7/22/2014, 2014 at 11:30 AM
My Worth is NOT equal to my thigh gap- honest captions challenge beauty standards
Posted on July 7/22/2014, 2014 at 11:28 AM
A Day in the Life of a Teen Cheerlebrity
Posted on July 7/22/2014, 2014 at 11:20 AM
How young is too young for social media
Posted on July 7/22/2014, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Millennials with jobs saving more than previous generations
Posted on July 7/22/2014, 2014 at 10:20 AM
teen posts auschwitz selfie then responds to backlash with 'I'm famous y'all'
Posted on July 7/22/2014, 2014 at 10:18 AM
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Season 2, Episode 9—Triggerfinger
Crazy tension is starting to mount as our survivors are beginning to realize the living can be just as dangerous as the dead- perhaps even more. The danger is coming from within as Shane continues to unravel like a frayed
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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