3 Reasons Why Pornography is Flourishing Among Your Students

My favourite topic to talk to students about is anything in the realm of sex and sexuality.  I like talking about it because it is an issue that is not addressed enough in the church.  It is also an issue where our students are being shaped more by culture than scripture.

Since I find myself speaking on this topic often, I try to be well read about the issues.  Right now I am reading Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by William M. Struthers.  So far it has been a fascinating read.

We all know that pornography is flourishing among our students.  I find that the issue I deal with the most is porn.  I have male and female students come to me and tell me that they struggle with porn.

The 3 Truths You Need to Teach Teens about the Bible and Science

My teacher thinks we’re stupid!

My daughter came home from her high school angry one day.

“They think that if you believe in Creation you are backward and stupid,” she complained. “They think that if you believe the Bible, then you are ignorant and living in the dark ages!”

Clearly it was time to get a few things straight about God, the Bible and Science both in my own head and to share at the dinner table. So, here is what I said, and what I share with students… when I get the chance…

 1. The Bible is not a Science Book but it always speaks truthfully about reality.

On page one the Bible assumes the existence of God. The Bible does not try to prove that he exists. It makes statements about the cosmos in poetic terms however “storehouses of snow” that are meant to be understood as metaphors.

When the bible speaks about history, events, human nature, or the natural order of things it is truthful but does not go into the specifics of a biology or Chemistry textbook. It does not provide us with the 3 page equation from light but it does say remarkably that it was created by God. Surprisingly scientists are discovering that yes, even light had a beginning!

 2.Science is not evil. Science studies everything that exists.

The evolutionist looks at the universe and marvels at the wonder of atoms, energy, and movement. The creationist looks at the cosmos standing in awe of God’s handiwork. The evolutionist wonders at how over billions of years the earth has come to be. The bible believing Christian is astonished that God can accomplish in a command something that appears to take countless millions of years to happen by chance.

Strong believers like Newton, Kepler, Pascal, and others unravelled the mysteries of gravity, physics, and mathematics always seeking to understand how God had created the universe. In chemistry, physics, or biology your students can worship in their hearts seeing how amazing God constructed cells, sub atomic particles, and the laws that govern the universe.

 3. We have a Reasonable Faith

Both science and the bible say that the universe has a beginning. Scientists say that about 115 billion years ago a marble sized entity expanded into everything that now exists. There is a lot of speculation over where that entity came from. If there was a big bang, what exploded and where did it come from?… It takes a lot of faith and a whole lot of creativity to determine that by chance all this came from that.

Christians don’t need to be ashamed that we have another answer that also requires faith. Where did all matter and energy come from? It comes from a triune God who is not made of energy, or matter, He is Spirit and he is Truth. He alone can create something from nothing but himself. (But who made God teens may ask –and that is the subject for another blog!)

 Conclusion

Sadly, my daughter wasn’t wrong about her school. Young people with a Christian faith often face teachers and friends who look at them as if they still believe that the world is flat. The other sad thing is that Christian high school students are not prepared to explain what they believe about science to a society that blindly assumes we are the product a hundred of millions years of evolution on this planet. We need to prepare students with a reasonable faith, understanding what the bible teaches about creation, not fearing science but seeing it as a way to discover the greatness of God at the end of a microscope or a telescope.

This is just my approach. I would love to hear what you share about science and the Bible with teens. 

You Need to See This and 3 Ways to End Bullying

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting too much after seeing so many youth productions in the past 3 decades but after watching this I was blown away by the original score, the humor, and the honesty by the students.

Finally a high quality, original production for youth groups addresses in a funny yet dramatic way, gripping issues like bullying, depression, peer pressure and redemption.

To read more about it, get the link to watch the video and to contact the Jeremy the youth pastor who wrote, directed, and produced this video click here:

Watch the video

Contact Pastor Jeremy  pastorjgifford@gmail.com

3 Strategies to End Bullying

not just your son’s problem

A growing number of women are addicted to internet pornography. They admit that this addiction began in their teen years. So as much as we are alarmed with the amount of male students regularly viewing pornography, the rate of teenage girls looking at sexual images and videos is increasing rapidly.

Studies show that explicit material is accessed on phones, so it is increasingly difficult to monitor and control. Rather than turning a blind eye, hoping this will not be a problem for girls, there are at least three things that parents can do.

Three New Dating Dangers: What Parents Can Do

Digital kids have embraced new ways of relating that should make every parent think twice about the changing rules in the dating game. Face Time, Face Book, Snap Chat, Skype, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram and Texting create possibilities in relationships that weren’t a concern even just ten years ago. Now they are, and we should probably be talking to our teens about each of them…

These “Beauties” Share 3 Surprising Secrets

The things you see on Face Book! One of them that I see more than others is every female student or young adult commenting on photos of their friends as, “beauties” or gorgeous and, of course, they have to return the compliment.

Since teens discovered face book and made their profile public, there has never been as much pressure on girls to measure up. Some have made incredible efforts to take shots that put them in the best possible light. Selfies that flatter and photo-shopped pictures to make the perfect glamour shot, are everywhere. And, as you know, some have crossed lines of modesty and decency…

But I believe these photos and the telling comments reveal 3 surprising secrets that every parent needs to see

SEX – too little or too big of a deal?

 

If you work with students the topic of sex is bound to come up.  Doug Fields has a joke where he says students want to know about sex and end times and if you can have sex during the end times.

The question I often get is, “What’s the big deal about sex?”  Do we make too big of a deal about it or do we not make enough of a deal about sex?

Unfortunately, I think society and even the church only talk about and address the surface of this issue.  Paul however digs deep into the results that sex actually have in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.

I think when we address sex, as Paul did, we will be making the proper deal of a subject that is sensitive but extremely important.  Let’s look at what Paul said.

Culture Soup, Maps and Mirrors

How do you make sense of it all?

The 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards 2013 took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on August 25. Over 13 million viewers, most of them under 25, were treated to the now notorious performance by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. One month later, a Google search of Miley provides 827 million pages in 0.26 seconds. Pop culture is currently consumed with everything VMA.

Welcome to the world of today’s teens. This is their culture. Culture is what we believe, what we do, and how we live our lives. It binds us to those who think and live in a similar manner. It’s the values, attitudes and behaviors that drive how we live our lives. might find it easier to think of it as the “soup” in which our kids are swimming. It is like lifting the lid on a pot of soup only to discover what you see on the surface isn’t really what the soup is all about. You need to stir it up to be sure of its contents. The same can be said of youth culture. There is much below the surface to be considered.