Life as a teenager can be a pressure cooker. Am I good enough? Do I measure up? Am I cool enough? Did my post on Instagram get over 100 likes? Am I smart enough? Are mom and dad pleased with me? What am I going to do with my life? Teenagers are often overwhelmed today.
Teenagers on the brink of college life face all the same insecurities we all did. But there is something very different about the challenges they face today.
On more than one occasion I have thought to myself that I am SO glad that social media didn’t exist when I was navigating my high school and college years.
It was hard enough without everyone watching and offering commentary on my life. Can I get an “Amen”?
There is a fascinating article over at the Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf “Were College Students Better Off Before Social Media?”
There is much in this article worth reflecting on if you have or care about teenagers, but the insight that really caught my attention was this:
“I wonder if the cost of making mistakes now feels too high to risk them as often.”
Why? Because (more…)
Our culture worships freedom. The only problem is that real freedom doesn’t mean what most people think it means. And the next generation of students are paying the price because they are being robbed of the life they are really after.
True happiness–“flourishing”–is only possible if students are able to break free from the lies and embrace genuine freedom.
3 Lies Students Believe About Freedom
(1) My choices only affect me. “You can do whatever you want as long as you don’t hurt someone.” This slogan is everywhere! Our culture perpetuates this lie but you need to know there are several fatal flaws with this way of thinking. First and foremost it (more…)
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In this episode of Your Worldview Minute, we’ll be talking about how to respond when people say that Christians shouldn’t be judgmental. What did Jesus mean (and not mean) when he tells us not to judge? What was Jesus against? As you will see, context matters!
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Do Christians ever outgrow the Gospel? I mean isn’t the Gospel what you heard in Sunday school or vacation Bible school when you were a kid? Surely we are beyond that now right? Nope–not if we really understand how wonderful and radical the Gospel truly is.