Showing posts from October, 2011

A nice note about the impact of the Christian Music Diet

…our 27 year old daughter is married and now lives in Texas. When she was in elementary school I heard you speak at an ACSI convention when you challenged parents to “invest” in Christian music for their kids. I accepted the challenge. I usually played Maranatha Praise at home, but my daughter didn't identify with that as her music. I told her we would buy her all the Christian music she wanted, but she would have to buy her own secular music as you suggested. Two months ago a friend of my daughter died after a long illness.  The next morning my daughter emailed me to say she had been listening to Rich Mullins' "Hold Me Jesus"  as she mourned the loss of her friend. She thanked me for introducing her to his music and for encouraging her to listen to Christian music AND for buying it for her.  I had to tell you that I believe your challenge changed our family. It is doubtful that I would have taken the positive approach of seeing Christian music as an investment, but I

"Facebook depression" seen as new risk for teens

Image Facebook Stumbleupon Newsvine Yahoo bookmarks Mixx Digg Reddit Google Bookmarks Twitter LinkedIn "Facebook depression" seen as new risk for teens CBS news (AP) October 31, 2011 CHICAGO -- Add "Facebook depression" to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors' group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site. Researchers disagree on whether it's simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site. But there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem, said Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe, a Boston-area pediatrician and lead author of new American Academy of Pediatrics social media guidelines. With in-your-face friends' tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looki

Fighting for Family Dinners

Fighting for Family Dinners It's Good for Your Kids! BreakPoint with Charles Colson, October 19, 2011 The dangers facing young people today are many: premarital sex, drug abuse, suicide, and dropping out among them. And if you listen to the “experts,” there are no easy answers for protecting our kids. And of course they are right. But saying there are no easy answers is entirely different from saying there are noanswers. I believe there is something moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers can do and start doing it tonight — that’s right — tonight — to make a real difference in the lives of our young people. It’s time to reclaim the family dinner. I’m not saying this out of some kind of nostalgia for Ozzie and Harriet and the supposedly golden age of the 1950s. Families had problems back then, too. But I think a lot of families back then knew something many of us have forgotten: That it’s good to sit down together for a meal. The dinner table is not only

Teens Consumed by Video Games

Teens Consumed by Video Games Parenting Today's Teens Blog By  Mark Gregston  On October 20, 2011  Video game sales now surpass sales of both music and movies. For millions of kids and young adults, playing video games has become an obsession. To give you some history, I grew up in New Orleans – not exactly the most conservative city. But when I was a kid, people weren’t allowed to play pinball games at the arcade until they were 21. That seems like a silly law today, especially since nowadays nearly every family has their own version of a pinball arcade right in their own home, and most kids play games on their cell phones. I find nothing wrong with most of these games. In fact, playing a video game together with your teen is a great way to connect. But some kids and young adults are being consumed by them, and that’s where the problems lies. I think what happens in many homes is that the parents buy video game consoles, intending to play games together as a family. The kids i

Charitable Giving

Charitable Giving More, not Less BreakPoint with Chuck Colson, October 20, 2011 With a federal deficit of nearly $1.6 trillion a year and a national debt of about $15 trillion, the government is scrounging for every dollar it can find. So, no surprise, President Obama’s jobs plan seeks to eliminate so-called “tax loopholes.” And it should. I’ve said many times that we’ve got to end corporate welfare and loopholes (like the ethanol deduction). These cost the Treasury billions and they help only the privileged interests who can hire lobbyists. But tucked inside the President’s jobs plan, which failed to pass Congress, but the President will be re-submitting it bit by bit, is a provision capping charitable deductions for wealthy tax payers. That’s a  loophole ? Now, we Christians believe that everyone needs to pay their fair share of taxes, and, in these hard economic times, all of us need to bite the bullet and make sacrifices. Are we therefore being hypocritical to fight limiting char

LMFAO’s New Song Reveals What’s in Their Pants

Do You REALLY Know Your Kids Entertainment Choices? This article about  LMFAO,  the most popular group in America,  will give you a needed glimpse into your c hildren's culture. To be honest you are not going to like this article  but it is a  must read  for all parents and grandparents. And as you read this article, make certain to watch the videos connected to the article.      LMFAO’s New Song Reveals What’s in Their Pants You may not know their name, but trust me, you’ve heard their music. Now the increasingly popular group LMFAO's new song and video features them doing "the wiggle." Any guess as to what these guys and their porn star guests are actually wiggling?   You're gonna be shocked. We've come a long way from Elvis' pelvis. To find out just how far our culture has gone read the complete article by my friends Jonathan McKee and David Smith  For books and resources to help you connect and communicate values to your kids check out our web

Tuning Out by Turning it On

Tuning Out by Turning it On TV in a Culture of Sloth                                        Chuck Colson, October 05, 2011 May I ask you a question? Why do you watch that junk they put on television? I don’t mean to imply that all television shows are junk. And I think that a certain amount of entertainment is good for us. But the deluge of TV trash is astounding. To increase audience share, TV happily produces increasingly provocative content and well-intentioned people — including well-intentioned Christians — tune in. “Dancing with the Stars” for example, has been a success in part because of the dancers. Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay danced. Professional athletes, journalists, actors, and singers have also danced gathering enthusiastic audiences for thirteen seasons. But by nature, entertainment is governed by the law of diminishing returns. If the stunt rider jumps his motorcycle over one school bus today and we all cheer, tomorrow he’ll have to jump ove

The REAL Justin Bieber

It is rare that I would ever feature a "secular" singer, but I believe parents should know the truth about Justin Bieber.  The following  feature article by David Buckna   are questions and answers in Bieber's own words.    “Basically, I don't even consider religion. Like, I’m a Christian, I believe in God, I believe that Jesus died on a cross for my sins. I believe that I have a relationship and I’m able to talk to him and really, he’s the reason I’m here, so I definitely have to remember that. As soon as I start forgetting, I’ve got to click back and be like, you know, this is why I’m here.”--Justin Bieber (November 1, 2010, Associated Press) The Justin Bieber Bible Quiz Q 1. Justin was asked in an interview: “What are the first songs you loved?” The first song he mentioned was… A  1. “God Is Bigger Than the Boogie Man from VeggieTales. And when I was, like, 7 or 6, Boyz II Men's On Bended Knee. My mom used to play the album over and over. I would go to