Browsing All Posts filed under »Youth & Family«

Rex | Tribute

April 26, 2017


I got word today that my youth pastor — the one who has my same middle name, who baptized me, who was the first to inspire me with the power of a good sermon, who allowed me to drive his red convertible to my junior prom, who encouraged me to ask out the new girl […]

Becoming Sons And Daughters | Reflections

December 16, 2016


Becoming Sons and Daughters [2012] Plot summary from IMDb: Every major social problem that plagues our nation today can be traced back to one root cause: Fatherlessness. For instance, 71% of pregnant teenagers live in a fatherless home. Additionally, 85% of young men in prison grew up without a dad. They are not stats, they […]

Screenagers | Quotes & Commentary

March 5, 2016

1 About The Film (From the website): Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids which started her on a question to delve into how it might effect their development. She learned that on average […]

TED | Nancy Lublin: The heartbreaking text that inspired a crisis help line

November 2, 2015


A girl I’ve never met before changed my life and the life of thousands of other people. I’m the CEO of It’s one of the largest organizations in the world for young people. In fact it’s bigger than the Boy Scouts in the United States. And we’re not homophobic. 00:30 (Laughter) 00:33 And it’s […]

#Being13 | Review

October 16, 2015

0 Like other programs on teens, this one has a bit of an ominous and cautionary tone highlighting mostly the negative side of social media; the use of the word “secret” is in alignment with the production. For parents and adults who are ignorant of the deep world of social media, this is designed to […]

Not Losing My Religion, or Can Equality and Christianity Coexist? | Op. Ed. by Lauren Chan

July 2, 2015


Lauren is a high school student in my congregation. As you will read, she is a dedicated Christ-follower, insightful, articulate, and passionate. I am thrilled to share her essay here as an exemplar of the depth of Christianity found in our youth that can be so easily dismissed or derided. I am humbled to call […]

TED | Laura Schulz: The surprisingly logical minds of babies

June 7, 2015


Mark Twain summed up what I take to be one of the fundamental problems of cognitive science with a single witticism. He said, “There’s something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment in fact.” 0:31 Twain meant it as a joke, of course, but he’s right: […]