How will Canadian Marijuana Legalization Affect Teens

Canada wants to legalize marijuana by Canada Day (July 1) next year. I won’t be something I’ll be celebrating considering how teens will be affected. The goal is to tax, restrict and monitor the sale of the product. The government feels that this ending of prohibition will be safe and effective. They believe that it will keep marijuana out of the hands of minors. What do you think?

Let’s compare it to the legal substance, alcohol. What are the results of legalized alcohol? How well is the government keeping this out of the hands of under age students?

Mind the Gap: 6 Ideas to Do Transition Better

We lose people in transition.

One third will never make the jump from the children’s ministry to the junior high or worse, high school youth group. We lose another third from senior high to young adults. What heart breaking losses. –Heart breaking to the parents and to the church… and the students, although they may not feel it right away.

Not every group is experiencing severe losses. Here are five big ideas they put in action…

Living in the UPSIDE DOWN

 

Life was not meant to be like this.

It is a dark shadow of things to come. We may have become accustom to the world around us but we have been made for another place. No wonder people feel like there is something wrong with this world… there is! A great proof of that is how the innocent are corrupted over time.

It’s a lot like the Upside Down in the Netflix Original, Stranger Things. Here is a Biblical view of the similarities and some hope…

Flip Your Youth Room

“They don’t think we know anything,”

Jamie complained to me. It’s as if we are this empty cup and they want to “pour into us.” At high school I am doing human geography that my youth pastor doesn’t understand but when I get to youth they don’t even know where Assyria would be on the map today!”

One of the reasons that high school seniors are checked out is because things are just too simple for them. Here’s a strategy that educators are using in high schools and colleges to engage students in the teaching learning process. You’ll be amazed at the results

Let’s Get Personal This Year

Jared spends over 9 hours by himself each day.

…And when he is with other people, he’s still in his own world. His case is not unique. There’s a growing number of isolated kids. The situation is so unhealthy. It can be changed. Here’s what’s going on and what we can do to end the isolation.